Monday, November 21, 2011

Guest Blogger: Allison Brooks

Naturopathy and its Benefits

What many fail to recognize in this day in age, is that the human body is a part of nature. But with all the use of technologies these days it is easy to forget this fact. This technological interference makes it harder to figure out where the human body fits in with nature and undermines its natural healing abilities. But thanks to the field of naturopathy, the idea of a natural being is kept alive. Naturopaths understand all the natural workings and interactions of the body, and also how natural, nutritional, herbal, and lifestyle changes can enhance bodily functions.
Naturopathic medicine is the term given to a wide range of alternative treatments that are used in conjunction with one another or separately in an attempt to bring about healing. It is a holistic approach, meaning that naturopathy strives to treat the whole person and the underlying causes for their pain symptoms or illnesses. It focuses on such things as stress reduction, acupuncture, massage and physical manipulation of the body, exercise, nutrition, stress reduction and the use of herbs.

The main role of a practitioner of naturopathic medicine is that of a teacher. As a patient's guide, the naturopathic medicine practitioner observes the patient's current state as well as researches their past medical history through medical records. Based on these observations and findings, the naturopathic medicine practitioner will make recommendations to the patient to help improve overall health.

Some of the techniques used in naturopathic medicine include nutritional counseling or advising the patient to fast to rid the body of toxins, manipulation of the muscles through massage and the altering the patient's consciousness through hypnosis. The use of naturopathic medicine can be used to help patients prepare for or eliminate the need for surgery.

Behavioral change is a big part of naturopathic medicine. Practitioners use a variety of techniques, such as hypnosis or biofeedback, to help their patients learn how to lower their levels of stress, anxiety and depression. As the patient's guide, the naturopathic medicine practitioner will only make suggestions and leave the responsibility for change directly with the patient.

Since the treatment is focused on the cause of pain and illness and not the cure, patients learn what they must do to prevent dysfunction within their own bodies. By choosing to eat a more nutritious diet and lessening stress, patients can realize the benefits of naturopathic medicine quite easily.
This is why naturopathic remedies are the perfect complement to conventional treatments. Since an aggressive cancer like non-hodgkin’s lymphoma or mesothelioma extensively weakens the body, herbal and nutritional changes can boost the immune system. Massages and acupuncture can also relieve the pain of conventional therapies. Many doctors notice these improvements and recommend patients to adopt a naturopathic remedy to complement their treatment plan.

Allison Brooks went to the University of Mississippi and earned a degree in biomedical anthropology. She is now currently studying in the field to finish an ethnography on the effects of biomedicalization on Bolivian cultures.

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