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  1. Naturopathy is practiced in many countries and is subject to different standards of regulation and levels of acceptance. The scope of practice varies widely between jurisdictions. The practice of naturopathy is illegal in two USA states. Australia In 1977, a committee reviewed all colleges of naturopathy in Australia and found that, although the syllabuses of many colleges were reasonable in their coverage of basic biomedical sciences on paper, the actual instruction bore little relationship to the documented course. In no case was any practical work of consequence available. The lectur
  2. A few naturopathic treatments have known side effects and risks: Supplements (vitamin and herbal): Some of these may interfere with prescription medications. In large doses, certain vitamins may raise your risk of a disease like cancer. Spinal adjustments: As part of naturopathic manipulative treatment, your practitioner may apply pressure to your spine. This can damage arteries, nerves, bones, and spinal discs. In rare cases, it may lead to a stroke. Detox diets: These treatments are meant to rid your body of toxins. They involve cutting out certain foods or fasting. That means going for
  3. Naturopathic medicine is used for most health issues. Some of the more common ones include: Allergies Headaches Fertility issues Digestive problems Obesity Hormonal imbalances Chronic pain Chronic fatigue syndrome In some states, licensed naturopathic doctors can perform minor surgeries, like stitching up a small wound. They can prescribe certain medications. And they might even serve as your primary care doctor. Naturopathic doctors may receive additional training in natural childbirth. You don’t have to be sick to try naturopathy. You may just want to boost your
  4. You can find people who support naturopathic medicine in hospitals, clinics, community centers, and private offices. They fall into three groups, and they all have different educations and backgrounds: Naturopathic physicians: These are also called naturopathic doctors (ND) or doctors of naturopathic medicine (NMD). They usually attend an accredited four-year, graduate-level school. They learn the same basic sciences as conventional medical doctors (MD). But they also study nutrition, psychology, and complementary therapies such as herbal medicine and homeopathy. Some states and territor
  5. Naturopathic medicine is a system that uses natural remedies to help the body heal itself. It embraces many therapies, including herbs, massage, acupuncture, exercise, and nutritional counseling. Naturopathy was brought to the United States from Germany in the 1800s, but some of its treatments are centuries old. Today, it combines traditional treatments with modern science. How Does It Work? The goal of naturopathic medicine is to treat the whole person -- that means mind, body, and spirit. It also aims to heal the root causes of an illness -- not just stop the symptoms. A
  6. The first appointment with a naturopathic physician tends to be much longer than a conventional medical office visit-anywhere from 60 to 120 minutes. In addition, patients often complete extensive paperwork before the visit to guide the naturopathic doctor during the interview. Much of the initial visit involves listening to the patient's story. This story may have many twists and turns and involve multiple conditions or diseases. Naturopathic doctors recognize the importance of this process and allow the patient the time and space necessary to share their story. Naturopathic physicians u
  7. Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is considered the paradigm in conventional healthcare and has been suggested as the methodology for natural medicine. The underlying foundation of EBM is the randomized controlled trial, which is very valuable in evaluating single treatments for individual diseases. There are randomized controlled trials that suggest that naturopathic treatments, such as botanical medicine, nutritional therapies, acupuncture, and physiotherapy are effective at treating some conditions, such as fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, depression, asthma, hypertension, and type II diabetes
  8. Naturopathic physicians are often successful at treating chronic conditions that don't respond to conventional medicine. This includes, but is not limited to: fatigue, pain, sleep disturbance, and digestive disorders. They are able to respond to the individual needs of patients and develop a treatment plan that includes nutritional supplements, botanical medicine, and diet therapy. Naturopathic physicians understand the art of healing, which is more than dispensing an herbal remedy or nutritional supplement. To understand the context of a patient's illness, the physician must take the tim
  9. Naturopathic medicine follows a number of key principles: The healing power of nature: The body has an inherent ability to maintain and restore health. Naturopathic physicians facilitate this healing process by removing obstacles to cure and identifying treatments to enhance healing. Identify and treat the cause: Naturopathic physicians treat the underlying causes of illness rather than just the symptoms of disease. Symptoms are an external manifestation of an internal imbalance due to any combination of physical, mental, or emotional causes. Symptom management may be important, but it is
  10. Naturopathic medicine is a science-based tradition that promotes wellness by identifying the unique aspects of each patient and then employing non-toxic natural therapies to restore his or her physiological, psychological, and structural balance. The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) defines naturopathic medicine as: "A distinct system of primary health care-an art, science, philosophy, and practice of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illness. Naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the principles upon which its practice is based. These principles are co
  11. Consumers must commit to serious research to locate the most qualified Ayurvedic practitioner. A good place to begin searching is on the International Society for Ayurveda and Health (ISAH) website at http://www.ayurvedahealth.org/ . The ISAH, which collaborates with Ayurvedic Medical Schools of India for education and training, features regional and local listings of practitioners, and offers information about their qualifications. When seeking Ayurvedic medical care, ISAH recommends partnering with a practitioner who holds a doctoral degree (e.g. MD, PhD, or PhysD) and has complete
  12. The ancient practice of Ayurvedic medicine has clearly helped millions of people create healthier lives. However, like any other medical system, Ayurvedic therapies have contraindications and the potential for adverse effects or side effects. This is of particular concern when therapies are used incorrectly, are abused or administered improperly, or are prescribed by unqualified practitioners. Thus, consumers must take responsibility when seeking Ayurvedic therapies. It is imperative to check all practitioners’ credentials, training, and experience. Consumers must also communicate, b
  13. The ways in which people use Ayurvedic medicine are as varied as the users. Many people use it to complement or supplement their conventional Western treatments. meditationFor example, some adherents find that Ayurvedic therapies minimize the side effects of chemotherapy. Other people use rejuvenation regimens to "recharge" during the course of a chronic illness. And some follow Ayurvedic diets with the goals of eating more nutritiously, gaining energy, and maintaining a healthy weight. Still others employ Ayurveda, especially non-medical practices, to simply build and maintain greater ov
  14. In Ayurveda, perfect health is defined as "a balance between body, mind, spirit, and social wellbeing." In fact, the twin concepts of balance and connectedness echo throughout Ayurvedic texts, thought, and practice. Like all holistic health systems, Ayurveda emphasizes the unshakable connections between the body, mind, and spirit. However, Ayurveda's connectedness extends far beyond the individual, reaching into the universal. Basic tenents include: All things in the universe, both living and nonliving, are joined together. In fact, everything in the universe is actually made of
  15. NCCIH-Funded Research NCCIH is funding research that: Builds on earlier investigations in breast cancer survivors that found a positive effect of integrated Ayurvedic medicine on improved quality of life; new research will evaluate ways to make this intervention easier to incorporate into peoples’ lives. The proposed Ayurvedic intervention includes diet, lifestyle, yoga, and pressure point treatment. Studies the mechanism by which an extract from Butea monosperma (BME) flowers may protect against joint destruction from osteoarthritis (BME is widely used in Ayurveda for arthritis an
  16. What the Science Says About the Effectiveness of Ayurvedic Medicine Few well-designed clinical trials and systematic research reviews suggest that Ayurvedic approaches are effective. Results from a 2013 clinical trial compared two Ayurvedic formulations of plant extracts against the natural product glucosamine sulfate and the drug celecoxib in 440 people with knee osteoarthritis. All four products provided similar reductions in pain and improvements in function. A preliminary and small NCCIH-funded 2011 pilot study with 43 people found that conventional and Ayurvedic treatments
  17. Is Ayurvedic Medicine Safe? Some Ayurvedic preparations may contain lead, mercury, or arsenic in amounts that can be toxic. Is Ayurvedic Medicine Effective? A few studies suggest that Ayurvedic preparations may reduce pain and increase function in people with osteoarthritis and help manage symptoms in people with type 2 diabetes, but most of these trials are small or not well-designed. There is little scientific evidence on Ayurveda’s value for other health issues. How much do we know about Ayurvedic medicine? Although Ayurvedic medicine and its components have been described i
  18. Ayurvedic Treatment An Ayurvedic practitioner will create a treatment plan specifically designed for you. He’ll take into account your unique physical and emotional makeup, your primary life force, and the balance between all three of these elements. The goal of treatment is to cleanse your body of undigested food, which can stay in your body and lead to illness. The cleansing process—called “panchakarma”— is designed to reduce your symptoms and restore harmony and balance. To achieve this, an Ayurvedic practitioner might rely on blood purification, massage, medical oils, herbs,
  19. Vata Dosha Those who practice Ayurveda believe this is the most powerful of all three doshas. It controls very basic body functions, like how cells divide. It also controls your mind, breathing, blood flow, heart function, and ability to get rid of waste through your intestines. Things that can disrupt it include eating again too soon after a meal, fear, grief, and staying up too late. If vata dosha is your main life force, you’re more likely to develop conditions like anxiety, asthma, heart disease, skin problems, and rheumatoid arthritis. Pitta Dosha This energy controls
  20. Ayurvedic medicine (“Ayurveda” for short) is one of the world's oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India. It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Its main goal is to promote good health, not fight disease. But treatments may be geared toward specific health problems. In the United States, it’s considered a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Ayurveda and Your Life Energy Students of CAM therapy believe that everything in the
  21. Techniques Acupuncture techniques used to treat diabetes might be different than those for treating pain. There are many different styles and technique practices in medical acupuncture, but it appears only three of these have been researched for diabetes treatment. Wrist-Ankle Wrist-ankle treatment is a form of acupuncture that involves deep needle stimulation of the ankle and wrist nerves. One 2006 Chinese study reported in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, found wrist-ankle acupuncture treatments to be helpful in treating diabetic peripheral neuritis (nerve damage
  22. Studies have shown acupuncture can be helpful for relieving diabetes symptoms, in some cases better than diabetes medications. According to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, an estimated 29 million Americans are living with diabetes. Diabetes affects 380 million people worldwide, and the World Health Organization (WHO) approximates that this number will double by the year 2030. In modern-day China, acupuncture is commonly practiced to treat diabetes. Newer studies are focusing on the biological mechanism of diabetes and suggest acupuncture can be an effective treatment for dia
  23. Risks Dry needling is usually considered safe if the practitioner uses sterile needles. Otherwise, a person is at risk of contracting blood-borne pathogens. Further risks associated with dry needling are mild and relatively common. They include: temporary soreness at insertion sites bleeding at the sites bruising at or around the sites People who receive acupuncture rarely experience side effects. When they occur, they often include bleeding, bruising, and mild pain. Takeaway Both dry needling and acupuncture may help to relieve muscle aches, pains, and tightness.
  24. What is dry needling? The primary aim is to relieve muscle pain and cramping, but it may also help to improve a person's flexibility. A practitioner inserts short, thin, stainless steel filiform needles into pressure points. Also called trigger points, these are tight areas or knots in the muscles. The needles contain no liquid, and nothing is injected. Sports therapists and other physical therapists typically perform dry needling. Due to a lack of regulation and guidelines, a person can perform dry needling with minimal training and no license. It is often very difficult to t
  25. Dry needling and acupuncture involve puncturing the skin with thin needles for therapeutic purposes. While a shared aim is to provide relief from pain, the practices are otherwise very different. Practitioners of dry needling attempt to release tension from knots and pressure points in muscles. Acupuncturists insert needles to release endorphins and affect the nervous system. Traditionally, acupuncture was used to align a person's energy, or chi. While researchers have studied acupuncture as a complementary treatment for many conditions, dry needling is a newer practice, and the evidenc
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