About Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine has been described as “any of the different healing or disease treatment systems (such as chiropractic, homeopathy, or religious healing) not included in the traditional medical curricula taught in the United States and Britain.” More info published here.

A major objection against naturopathic medicine is that it takes place instead of conventional medical treatments. The majority of medical doctors consider certain types of alternative medicine appropriate as long as naturopathic therapies are used alongside traditional treatments.

Naturopathic medicine advocates argue that naturopathic medicine can provide health benefits by empowering patients and giving the public more options, including therapies that are simply not available in conventional medicine.

Naturopathic medicine proponents argue that the different naturopathic treatment approaches are successful in treating a wide variety of major and minor medical problems, and claim that work recently reported shows the efficacy of particular naturopathic therapies.

Although proponents of naturopathic medicine agree that the placebo effect may play a role in the benefits some derive from naturopathic therapies, they point out that their validity is not undermined by that. This point of view concerns researchers who judge therapies using the scientific method, since it fails to address the inherent inefficacy of naturopathic treatments.

If a naturopathic medical approach, initially considered untested, is subsequently proven to be safe and reliable, traditional practitioners may then follow it and no longer be considered “naturopathic.”

Patients are advised to inform their medical doctor when using naturopathic medicine, as some naturopathic treatments that interfere with orthodox medical treatments, and such potential conflicts should be addressed in the patient’s interests. Nevertheless, many traditional practitioners are biased or uninformed about naturopathics and patients are often hesitant to share this knowledge with their doctors because they believe it will harm their relationship between doctor and patient.

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