Naturopathic practitioners use many naturopathic remedies to help them diagnose and treat many acute and/or chronic conditions and ailments. Some remedies are used to prevent illnesses all together. Treatments can be tailored exactly to the patient and their symptoms and can include herbal treatments, changes in nutrition and aromatherapy.
Naturopathic doctors work with the patient as a whole and help the patient use their body’s own ability to heal itself. Sometimes the patient and the doctor will focus on all aspects of the patients life like lifestyle, diet, exercise routines, if any, and even the health of their relationships to help fix what ails them.
This type of treatment is called Naturopathic Medicine, or Homeopathic Medicine, and to become a naturopathic doctor you must train at an accredited school and pass the board exams set forth by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners to be able to use the designation NMD (doctor of naturopathic medicine) or ND (naturopathic doctor)
Naturopathic remedies start with diet and nutrition. Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food.” Many ailments can be treated effectively by making small changes in the way you eat. Sometimes fasting is good way to start with the changes you need to make. Fasting jolts your body back to reality, so to speak, and lets you start over with a fresh, clean slate. Getting rid of processed foods and bad carbohydrates is a good first step. Changing to all-natural and/or organic foods is the next step in this holistic approach to good health.
Herbal medicines have been used for centuries by other cultures to treat and maintain good health. When used as intended herbal remedies can enhance the body’s functions and increase the immune system without having to worry about side effects or toxicity. We have all heard of herbal remedies called ginseng, gingko biloba, and one of the newest on the market, acai berry.
Along with the herbal side of things and changing your bad diet to more healthy choices comes the physical side. Massage, water therapy, ultrasound and acupuncture can be used to decrease stress on the body and get your “chi” flowing in the right direction. The goal of the holistic approach to wellness is balance. Balance is achieved when your vital force called “chi” is flowing smoothly through your body and everything is at peace.
When everything is at peace you feel good, that chronic pain your were feeling may be all but gone and your stress level is lowered to a more manageable level. When your priorities are straight you can concentrate on the important things like home and family. Many ailments have an underlying cause and when that underlying cause is dealt with effectively then the rest will follow suit and you can find the peace and tranquility you have been looking for in your life.
Naturopathic remedies may just change your life for the better forever. Getting rid of all the toxins that are put there by the foods we eat and even the air we breathe may be just what the doctor ordered. The naturopathic doctor, that is.