What is naturopath and what are naturopathic doctors? This is a common question, even in the medical field. Part of the reason for the mystery is that the naturopath profession is quite small. Currently naturopathic doctors (NDs) are licensed to practice as medical professionals in 5 provinces, 16 states and 2 American territories.
The Naturopath Explained
What a naturopath does, will more than likely never been seen on a national television hospital series, because they do not find cures for rare diseases, perform transplant surgeries, or repair wounds in emergency. Their focus is more centered on preventing diseases, and dealing with patients on a physical and mental level.
Licensed naturopathic doctors have scientific Medical Training and got to school for seven years. They learn much of what medical doctors learn about anatomy, biochemistry and pathology. They also learn how to use the same physical exams, medical imaging and labs that clinics and hospitals do.
A naturopathic doctor is a recognized medical professional, who spends most of their time preventing disease. They help patients deal with issues before they become major health problems such as
- Preventing heart disease
- Preventing cancer through diet
- Helping people break the pattern of insomnia
Naturopath combines alternative and conventional treatments to complement each other, which makes them more diverse than allopathic doctors. They help patients overcome immediate health issues as they address belief systems and behaviors underlying symptoms.
Naturopaths assess physical health, mental, spiritual, and emotional health. They believe in treating the whole person, not just their symptoms.
Where is Naturopath Practiced?
Naturopathic doctors work in a variety of clinical settings, including clinics, hospitals, private practise, and community health centers.
Three Common Misconceptions About Naturopaths
To help you get a better understanding of the naturopath, we will look at three common misconceptions.
- Naturopaths are Against Conventional Medicine: This is not true; in fact, naturopaths work alongside medical doctors. The best health care involves a team of doctors. Sometimes a naturopathic doctor is needed and other times; a medical doctor is better suited for the patient. Naturopaths refer patients to ERs, surgeons, and cardiologists when they know that the conditions are beyond the scope of what they offer.
- Naturopath is the Same as Homeopathy: This is not true because homeopathy means giving medicine in extremely small doses, thus it is related to how medicine is given. Naturopathic medicine is more of an approach to how patients are treated and favours low-force or natural interventions. However, sometimes treatments may include homeopathy, so it is part of a treatment plan – but only part of it.
- Naturopath Natural Remedies are Unscientific: This is not true, much of naturopathy is based on scientific research.
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