Naturopathic treatment is certainly nothing new. It is believed to have been used as far back as the Greek times of Hippocrates, who was considered to be the “father of medicine”. The modern term and practice of naturopathy however, began in the late 1900s and it has not been without its fair share of criticism. Throughout the years however, with an increasing number of people being treated and going on to lead happy lives, the criticisms have been fewer and far between. It is obvious that naturopathy can play a big role in the natural health of individuals and even succeed in areas where conventional medicine fails.
Medicines Can Only Go So Far
Modern society has developed a certain dependency on prescribed medicines, which on the whole do not really treat the underlying problems of an illness. Just like a doctor, these medicines can only address the symptoms of particular illness and in most cases not the root cause. In addition to that the effects of a large majority of prescribed medicines will decline over a period of time as the body adapts and becomes resistant to any benefits the medicines may have. This is a common problem with things such as antibiotics.
One of the main reasons that treatment using naturopathy is considered to be a good idea is that it does not only seek to treat the symptoms of an illness, but it addresses the root causes of the issue as well. This can help individuals make better decisions about lifestyle changes with the knowledge of what is causing them to become ill. In addition to that this type of treatment can be used regularly without any worry about side effects, or that it will become less effective over time.
Naturopath vs Doctor
There was a time when many in the medical profession felt threatened by the practice of naturopathy. This was seen as something that undermined their professionalism and the many years of training. These days however, the two professions can and often do work effectively together, with doctors often recommending patients to naturopaths and vice versa. Naturopathic treatment has a lot of scientific research behind it to prove its effectiveness.
Disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), depression, and asthma are examples of things that are commonly understood to only really be able to be pacified by drugs and regular medical treatment. However naturopathy has been shown to help many people with such ailments go on to lead happy lives without the use of drugs.
These days, a naturopath is seen as a medical professional in his or her own right. The primary aim of this type of treatment is to promote natural health and help to ensure that individuals do not become reliant on prescribed drugs. In many cases this can be effective even if you have exhausted all other options.