Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability, and based on the person's illness, medical history, habits, lifestyle and emotional state of mind, a treatment plan is devised.
Like most alternative remedies come with their set of mistaken beliefs, here we have listed some common misconceptions of Naturopathy
A naturopathic doctor is not the same as a conventional doctor
Every naturopath attends a 6-year graduate school and studies the same basic sciences as any conventional doctor. However the naturopath also studies alternative medicine, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, and bodywork.
I have to choose. Either I get holistic treatments or western medicine
As a primary method of healing, naturopaths believe in alternative methods. But will consider surgery and work in tandem with western medicine if the situation demands it.
Naturopathy is an alternative to surgery
False. Naturopathic treatments can work in combination with conventional treatments.
If its natural, it must be safe
Naturopathy is safe under the supervision of a professional naturopathic doctor. A consumer buying a product off the shelf does not know what information or ingredients to look for, or whether the products used have been scrutinized for the highest purity standards. And therefore, the role of a naturopathic doctor is even more essential.
Natural therapies are not backed by scientific evidence
Many natural products are supported by scientific evidence. For instance, Peppermint with the backing of strong clinical evidence, has been proven to be effective in treating irritable bowel syndrome.
Naturopathic treatment will bring about quick results similar to drugs
Naturopathic treatment does not just treat the symptoms of a disease. But addresses the root cause of the disease. If one has been ailing with a health problem since a year, then the course of treatment can take up to a month. Basically, patience along with persistent following of treatment, is essential.