According to the WHO or the World Health Organization, naturopathy is ranked as the third natural medicine in the world. It shares, moreover, the podium with traditional Chinese medicine as well as Ayurvedic medicine.
This therapeutic practice is based on 4 fundamental principles which are:
- Primum non nocere (Do no harm)
- Vis medicatix naturae (Nature contributes to healing)
- Tolle causam (Discovering and dealing with the cause of the problem)
- Docere (Teaching)
It should be noted that this therapy uses exclusively natural techniques to treat a disease.
Naturopathy across civilizations
Naturopathy is a practice that dates back to antiquity. Moreover, it was Hippocrates who set the 4 main pillars of this therapy which boil down to exploit the virtues offered by nature.
From the time of the beginnings of modern medicine, where chemical medications and heavy medical practices developed, the effectiveness of naturopathy is called into question. Its practice then becomes less and less common. However, at the end of the 19th century, it returned in force to the United States, and in addition, in a much more modern form. Since then, many more European countries like France have adopted it in order to cure certain ailments.
What are its main health benefits?
Naturopathy contributes, for the most part, to the prevention of all kinds of diseases. However, it is also involved in the treatment of several conditions, including those that are acute and chronic. Thus, generally, it allows maintain good physical and psychological health.
In addition, according to its fundamental principles, it allows, not only to soothe the symptoms, but also to treat the possible underlying problems of a disease. Here are some health benefits of this practice:
- Strengthening of immune defenses
- Soothing joint ailments
- Participation in the psycho-emotional balance
- Improvement of the hygiene of life
- Contribution to weight loss and smoking cessation
It should be emphasized that this is a non-exhaustive list of the benefits of this therapy.
What happens during a session ?
One naturopathic treatment includes multiple sessions. During the first consultation, which lasts between 1 hour and 1 hour and 30 minutes, the naturopath performs a general health check. The purpose of this assessment is, among other things, to determine the causes of the disease as well as the true expectations of the patient. For this, the naturopath then asks a series of questions relating to:
- The patient’s medical history
- Their diets and lifestyle in general
- Possible current drug treatment
Depending on the data collected, the treatment may continue in several sessions (between 2 and more than 10 sessions). the therapist can also use several techniques and disciplines. We distinguish, among others, phytotherapy, aromatherapy, various relaxation techniques, homeopathy, nutritherapy and many others. Note that, often, naturopathy is a complement to another drug-based therapy.