Naturopathy, or naturopathic medicine, is a holistic system of medicine based on the healing power of nature. Naturopathic Doctors (N.D.s) strive to find the cause of disease by understanding the body, mind, and spirit of their patients. Most Naturopathic Doctors use a variety of therapies and techniques which include: nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and acupuncture. N.D.s treat the whole person, and therefore consider a wide variety of factors such as: one’s mental, emotional, and spiritual state; one’s diet; one’s family history; one’s environment; and one’s lifestyle before making a diagnosis and offering treatment.
Some of the more common treatments used in naturopathy include:
- Nutritional counseling
- Herbal medicine
- Homeopathic medicine
- Hydrotherapy (water therapy)
Patients are considered active participants in their health care, so clients may be asked to make lifestyle changes (such as changing your sleeping, eating, and exercise habits) in order to achieve optimal results.