Naturopathy, or naturopathic medicine, is a holistic medical system that combines modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The philosophy of naturopathic medicine is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. Naturopathic treatments are selected based on individual patients and may include nutrition and lifestyle changes, as well as natural therapies, such as homeopathy and acupuncture.
Benefits Naturopathic medicine is used to treat the root causes of a disease, symptoms of illnesses and to help ward off disease by improving health. Naturopathic treatments may be combined with conventional medical treatments and help to minimize the side effects of medications, surgery and other conventional treatments.
Side effects The treatment methods practiced in naturopathic medicine may be “natural,” but that does not mean they are without risk. Herbal remedies may have side effects or interact with other prescription medication. There is little scientific evidence on the overall effectiveness of the therapies used in naturopathy, according to the National Institutes of Health National Centre for Alternative and Complementary Health. Naturopathic practitioners’ training may vary; licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs) in Canada complete a four-year degree at an accredited university or college.
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