This area provides information about Naturopathy Jobs including where naturopaths work, where they specialise and courses for naturopathic medicine
What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care. It includes the philosophy and practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness using natural remedies. It uses many different and minimally invasive modalities to help the body heal itself with the powers of nature. A Naturopathic practitioner treats the patient as a whole person and seeks the cause of the illness by looking at family history, lifestyle, diet and environment in addition to the observable symptoms. A licensed naturopathic physician (ND) attends a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an MD and studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness.
Naturopathy may be either Traditional or Contemporary or a combination of both. Traditional naturopathy has been in use for centuries. Contemporary naturopathic medicine adds the medical training of a physician and combines modern medicine with natural and traditional remedies. Confusion may arise when both categories use the same titles. Naturopathic physicians and naturopathic practitioners have a lot in common but it is only the physicians who have the licensing and training to carry the title doctor. It is the patients responsibility to understand what the qualifications of the naturopath actually include.
What does a naturopathic physician do?
The naturopathic practitioner teaches clients to make diet and lifestyle changes and to take responsibility for their own health. They also teach clients how to trust nature and apply its wisdom to assist with their own healing. Licensed naturopathic doctors work as primary care physicians. The majority of their day is spent seeing patients in a medical office. A patient visit usually includes diagnosis, discussion of possible treatments, counseling about lifestyle or nutrition, prescription of natural remedies, or referral to other medical specialists if necessary.
What qualifications do naturopaths need?
A Naturopathic practitioner needs good listening and clinical observation skills. Undergraduate classes with a solid biological, botanical or chemistry foundation can be very helpful. A strong background among many applicants is psychology. An interest in helping people and working directly with them and their families to resolve health issues is critical. A compassionate healer is able to demonstrate that the message being delivered is also the practice being observed. A good naturopathic practitioner has a passion for lifelong learning.
What areas are included in naturopathy courses?
The modern ND is trained in basic medical science and conventional diagnostics. Specific coursework for naturopathic medicine may include: Addictions & Disorders, Health & Wellness Promotion & Counseling, Aging and the Elderly, Psychological Assessment, Pharmacology, Modalities for Natural Health Care, Pathology & Disease States, Herbology, Nutritional Therapeutics, Naturopathic Manipulation, ND Practitioner's Role & Practice Issues.
What areas of specialization may naturopaths choose?
Naturopaths may become specialists in any one or more of several avenues of healing:
body work, homeopathy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, traditional Chinese medicine, massage therapies, or exercise programs. Some specialize in midwifery and womens health. Some specialize in other areas of health concerns such as AIDS or cancer treatments.
Where do naturopaths work?
Some naturopaths conduct clinical research, others may establish private naturopathic practices. Naturopaths may teach at universities or write for health and naturopathic publications. Naturopathic practitioners may work with doctors, chiropractors, or in hospitals, or nursing homes. Naturopathic consultants are employed at clinics, health clubs, or resorts. They may be consultants for athletes or professional athletic teams.