Living things have an innate ability to heal themselves. Our vital force promotes self-repair, self-cleansing, and self-healing. This process can be achieved by focusing on the hormonal, immune, nervous, and elimination or detoxification systems of the body. Restored health is a probability once these systems are in balance.
Naturopathic medicine is a complete alternative care system that uses a wide range of approaches such as nutrition, exercise, acupuncture, herbs, manipulation of the body and stress reduction. It is sometimes used as complementary therapy along with mainstream medicine. It is a holistic approach that tries to make use of the healing power of the body and nature to fight disease.
No studies on naturopathy as a whole have been published and available scientific evidence does not support claims that naturopathic medicine can cure cancer or any other disease. The individual methods used by naturopathic medicine vary in their effectiveness. Homeopathy has seen to be of little value according to studies. However, other methods have been shown to help in prevention and symptom management. Examples include diet for lowering the risk of severe illnesses such as heart disease and cancer and counseling, relaxation, and herbs to help reduce anxiety.
Naturopathic medicine, according to its supporters, uses the healing power of nature to maintain and restore health. Their goal is to create a healthy environment in and out of the body so that it can heal itself. Because people are taught healthy diets and lifestyles to avoid disease, illness is prevented. The focus of the treatment is on what the practitioner identifies as the cause of disease, rather than on the symptoms.
Naturopathic doctors takes into consideration the individual’s biochemistry, biomechanics, and emotional predispositions and treat their patients holistically. The ability of the body to heal by itself can be better understood if homeostasis, or biological balance is taken into account and is the main characteristic of any healthy system.
When the body is invaded by a substance capable of producing illness or disease or a pathogen, the body will respond by producing a fever to fight the invader. The fever will turn up the immune system and permit the recovery of health if the body is supported properly through nutrition and rest.
Naturopathic medicine is promoted for the treatment of conditions such as migraine headaches, chronic lower back pain, enlarged prostate, menopause, AIDS, cancer, and other conditions. It has been claimed by practitioners that the use of more natural methods can strengthen the body to help it heal and keep it healthy. Most often, complex cases or people needing major treatment are referred for mainstream medical care.