Naturopathic Medicine

As a form of complementary & alternative medicine, naturopathic medicine draws from a variety of fields to use both nature and natural forces within the human body to treat diseases. Naturopathic medicine can involve herbal treatments, acupuncture, physical activity, physical stimulation and other techniques either as a replacement for or a compliment to typical medical care.

Science has done much to direct naturopathic medicine in effective ways, although evidence that supports naturopathy as treatments that can cure diseases is lacking. This is primarily due to a lack of professionally published studies that assesses its suitability for use in various patients.

Benefits of Naturopathic Medicine

However, much is known about how to apply naturopathic medicine and many practitioners are well-versed in what treatments can bring about the best management of symptoms and as pain. Even patients that are involved with standard medical interventions can usually benefit from some form of naturopathy, even if it is preventative or palliative rather than curative in nature.

Proponents of naturopathic medicine believe that natural elements inside and outside of the body hold tremendous potential for preventing and treating illnesses. Much of these claims understandably find popular support. After all, elements involving better nutrition, relaxation and physical fitness all are known to promote a healthier life.

Those who practice naturopathic medicine fall into one of three categories. The first, naturopathic physicians have had a four year course of study in their field. Another group, naturopaths, has either been trained as an apprentice to a naturopathic doctor or self-taught and has skills that may vary depending on their experience. The last group includes chiropractors, dentists, nutritionists, and practicing physicians. This broad variety of professionals may have one or more certifications in naturopathic medicine.

Naturopathy can help with conditions as divergent as AIDS, migraines, back pain, prostate problems, cancer, and even menopause. Those who perform naturopathic treatment plans often will review the medical history of a patient and observe the way patient acts before recommending a course of action. These practitioners often will use counseling psychological techniques to ease stress and promote good mental health.

Many patients are attracted to Naturopathic medicine because it presents a form of treatment that is perceived to have less risk than those offered by traditional medical practices. However, many approaches to naturopathy including herbal treatments have not been adequately studied, meaning that unforeseen interactions could occur when a patient is on both an herbal and pharmacological regimen.

Advocates of alternative methods like Naturopathic medicine note its ability to ease pain and other symptoms of diseases such as mesothelioma.. Along with medical treatments, those patients diagnosed with mesothelioma could likely utilize therapies such as this one.  In the case of mesothelioma, having a latency period of 20 to 50 years can often mean that once an individual is diagnosed, symptoms will be strong and the pain, unbearable at times. Symptom relief with alternative practices such as Naturopathy might make an individual with mesothelioma more comfortable and in some cases, healthier.
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians