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Healing Practices Naturopathy

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Method: Lifestyle Counseling and Therapeutic Massage
Methods of Naturopathy
Method: Acupuncture and Hydrotherapy
Method : Herbalism and Homeopathy
Diet and Lifestyle Counseling- Naturopathic doctors consider nutrition as the cornerstone of naturopathic healing. As such, they will counsel clients about diet, exercise, and other lifestyle factors in order to provide more comprehensive service. During counseling sessions, doctors will focus on a number of different topics such as food allergies and sensitivities, weight loss, food a medicine, stress management, optimized sleep patterns, low inflammation diets, and nutritional planning.

Therapeutic Massage and joint manipulation- Massage is the practice of applying pressure or vibration to the soft tissues of the body. Massages alleviate pain, decrease anxiety, increase energy, and prevent stress-related diseases, to name a few benefits. Manipulation refers to the adjustment of bones in order to correct alignment caused by neglected soft tissue. Clients who use manipulation benefit from decreased aches and pains, faster injury recovery, increased range of motion, increased relaxation, and relief of headaches.

Role of Practitioners
Naturopathy supports the holistic ability of treating the mind, body and spirit, avoiding the most intrusive forms of treatment such as surgery and drugs. Instead, it emphasizes the body's ability to heal on its own with the use of natural treatments and healthy lifestyle choices.

Naturopathy consists of six main enduring principles:
1. First, do not harm
2. Allow for a natural healing
3. Identify and treat the cause
4. Educate
5. Treat the whole person
6. Promote health through prevention
The research and science behind the effectiveness naturopathic healing practices
Homeopathy- This study reviewed trials and revealed that there is evidence that homeopathic treatments are more effective than placebo.
(Cucherat, M. Evidence of clinical efficacy of homeopathy. European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. April 2000, Volume 56, Issue 1, pp 27-33.)

Herbalism- Findings challenge the widely held belief that the quality of the evidence on the effectiveness of herbal medicine is generally inferior to the evidence available for conventional medicine.
(Narteya, L. Matched-pair study showed higher quality of placebo-controlled trials in Western phytotherapy than conventional medicine. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. Volume 60, Issue 8, August 2007, Pages 787.e1–787.e15)

Acupuncture- Studies show the growing numbers of effective pain relief from accupuncture.
(Johnson M. The clinical effectiveness of acupuncture for pain relief -- you can be certain of uncertainty. Acupuncture In Medicine [serial online]. June 2006;24(2):71-79. )

Diet and Lifestyle Counseling- A naturopathic dietary approach to diabetes appears to be feasible to implement among Type 2 diabetes patients. The intervention may also improve self-management, glycemic control, and have influences in other domains of self-care behaviors.
(Oberga, E.B.CAM: Naturopathic dietary interventions for patients with Type 2 diabetes. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. Volume 17, Issue 3, August 2011, Pages 157–161)

Hydrotherapy- This study found that hydrotherapy was effective in improvements in social interactions or behaviors, in students who have autism, following a Halliwick-based hydrotherapy intervention.
(Rachel Mortimer, Melinda Privopoulos, and Saravana KumarJ Multidiscip Healthc. 2014; 7: 93–104.Published online Feb 3, 2014. doi: 10.2147/JMDH.S55345)

Therapeutic massage and joint manipulation- Relaxion was found in most participants after massage, reducing anxiety.
(Sherman, K. Effectiveness of therapeutic massage for generalized anxiety disorder: a randomized controlled trial. Depression and Anxiety. Volume 27, Issue 5, pages 441–450, May 2010
Naturopathy, also known as naturopathic medicine, is an alternative holistic healing system that uses natural remedies, including homeopathy, herbalism, acupuncture, diet and lifestyle counseling that assist and sustain the body's natural healing abilities.

Naturopathy was rooted in Germany in the 18th and 19th century when hydrotherapy was very popular in Germany and nature cure in Austria, using food, water, air, light and herbs to treat illnesses. Benjamin Lust, a German immigrant, introduced naturopathy in the United Stated when he founded the American School of Naturopathy in 1902. He introduced and emphasized the importance of natural cures, proper bowel habits, and good hygiene as the tools for health, while popularizing the principle of a healthy diet.
Healing Practices Naturopathy
Megan Johnson
Mark Luciani
Angelica Guzman
Renessa Garcia

There are six methods used for Naturopathy:
Acupuncture
Hydrotherapy
Homeopathy
Diet and lifestyle counseling
Herbalism
Therapeutic massage and joint manipulation


Acupuncture- describes a type of procedure that involves stimulating points on the body using a variety of techniques. The technique that is most common and has been the most scientifically researched involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles. These needles are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation. Acupuncture has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. Acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. However, doctors say to use caution because when not done properly, it can cause serious adverse effects, including infections, punctured organs, collapsed lungs, and injury to the central nervous system.
Hydrotherapy- the use of water to treat a disease or to maintain health. Using water for healing is generally very safe and has many aspects that can be beneficial to nearly anybody for a variety of reasons: Water can store and carry heat and energy, enabling it to be able to dissolve minerals and salts that are healing to the skin. Another reason is because water can not hurt you even if you are sensitive to your surroundings. Water is found in different forms, such as ice, liquid, or steam. Ice may be used to cool, liquid is used in baths and compresses at varying pressures or temperatures, and steam is used in steam baths or when breathing in. Water can help blood flow and has a soothing, calming, and relaxing effect on people, whether in a bath, shower, spray, or compress. Exercise in water takes the weight off a painful joints and is an effective form of therapy for those with balance problems or who might not otherwise be able to workout by walking or running. People use hydrotherapy to treat many illnesses and conditions, including acne, arthritis, colds, depression, headaches, stomach problems, joint, muscle, and nerve problems, sleep disorders and stress.
Herbalism- It is explained to be the use of plants for medical purposes along with the study of such use. Herbalism is often acknowledged in modern medicine even though modern medicine is more commonly known/used. Although falling under the category of alternative medicine, herbalism has been displayed throughout history with the use of plants as medical treatments. Modern medicine has used plant-derived compounds to create pharmaceutical drugs that we commonly use today such as opium, aspirin, digitalis, and quinine. Herbal medicine was estimated to be practiced by 80 percent of some Asian and African countries. The forms of treatment that are often shown by using herbal teas, oils, or inhalation as in aromatherapy.
Homeopathy- this is a system of alternative medicine created in 1796 by a man named Samuel Hahnemann, which was derived from his studies and also was based on his doctrine of like cures like. It was explained to be a substance that would cause the symptoms of a disease in healthy people would cure the symptoms in sick people. Homeopathy uses many animal, plant, mineral, and synthetic substances in their remedies.Homeopathic practitioners use two types of references when the are prescribing a patient which would be materia medica and repertories. The materia medica has entries within it that describe the symptom patterns that are associated with individual remedies. The repertory is a giant list of remedies that are associated with the specific symptoms.
Naturopathy- practice and background
Naturopathy- traditions and philosophies
Beliefs About Illness Prevention
Attainment of optimal health is critical to disease prevention
Health Maintenance, Individual responsibility and Education are vital to illness prevention and a healthy life
To prevent illness, individuals should be educated and encouraged to take responsibility for their own health and positive well being
For an individual to be healthy, they must live in a healthy environment
Assess risk factors in your life and make needed changes and interventions to remove unhealthy factors and prevent illness
If you can identify and remove obstacles to the body's natural process for maintaining and restoring health, you can prevent illness and maintain health
Maintain a healthy nutritional program through the use of vitamins, minerals and other supplements
Maintain a healthy diet by eating more whole and unprocessed foods
If the body/mind is healthy given the opportunity, it can prevent illness and heal itself

“Naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment…[therefore] naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health.” (AANP,2014). “It is the naturopathic physician’s role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment.” (AANP, 2014). Traditional naturopaths, also known simply as “naturopaths,” emphasize naturopathic approaches to a healthy lifestyle, strengthening and cleansing the body, and noninvasive treatments. They do not use prescription drugs, injections, x-rays, or surgery.”(NCCAM, 2012).

“NDs treat all medical conditions and can provide both individual and family health care…NDs can perform minor surgeries, such as removing cysts or stitching up superficial wounds. However, they do not practice major surgery. NDs are trained to utilize prescription drugs, although the emphasis of naturopathic medicine is the use of natural healing agents.” (AANP, 2014).
“In the United States, naturopathy has three general categories of practitioners: naturopathic physicians, traditional naturopaths, and other health care providers who also offer naturopathic services.”( NCCAM, 2012)“As of 2000, an estimated 1,500 naturopathic physicians were practicing in the United States; that estimate nearly doubled by 2006. As of 2001, an estimated 3,600 traditional naturopaths were practicing in the United States.” (NCCAM,2012)

A First Visit with a Practitioner:

“During your first appointment, your doctor will take your health history, find out about your diet, stress levels, use of tobacco and alcohol, and discuss why you’re there. He or she may perform an examination and order diagnostic tests... NDs also need time to gather information, do an appropriate examination and teach his or her patients about managing their condition and improving their health. An ND may also use diagnostic tests to fully understand their patient’s health status… They can diagnose the way MDs do—yet, they bring to the patient a whole new arsenal of treatments and insights. Instead of waiting for a disease to emerge, NDs work to head it off before it happens.” (AANP, 2014).

Katherine Foos
Michelle Montes
Bryan Whitton
Kelsey Fieser
Belief of Illness
Health is a balance between spiritual, physical, mental, and any aspect of health that gets disturbed causes an illness to arise
Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process. (NCCAM, 2012)
Lack of nutrition and well-rounded dietary habits (eating more processed foods compared to organic foods)
Lack of consistent exercise, which helps stimulate the mind and body
Constant stress and/or overwhelming situations that is out of people’s control
Spirituality is nonexistent therefore unbalancing overall health
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