Naturopathy recognizes that we exist as an interconnection of Mind, Body, and Spirit. Because of this truth, ANY one of these realms can both showcase a symptom or carry the root cause of disease.
It follows then, that in order to enjoy a true return to health, an effective health solution must address all 3 realms to achieve superior health and balance.
In terms of the types of healing modalities Naturopathy uses, there are literally HUNDREDS that Naturopathy accesses. Some of the more well-known ones are using herbal preparations, physical manipulation or bodywork, essential oils, nutritional adjustment, community engagement, homeopathy, water therapy, and interaction with nature. But there are plenty more. What makes Naturopathy special is that each person is looked at individually so treatment and modality choice are individualized and specific.
In terms of what True Naturopathy DOES NOT traditionally use, we do not intensively study or train in the use of administering synthetic drugs or surgery. Though these applications may have use for people in certain settings and cases, they do not fall within the Naturopathic scope of use. An unfortunate reality of Naturopathic work in our modern times is having the need to craft lifestyle plans that address the damage and fall-out that often comes from the use of conventional pharmaceutical products and treatment choices.
The brightest spot with this sort of work is that the wisdom of the body ALWAYS reigns supreme. If appropriate naturopathic work is applied with care and thought in early stages of imbalance, even severe imbalanced states can be reversed.
A return to health IS possible. Balance is the desired outcome and Naturopathy is the pathway to this balance.
Traditional Naturopathic training is rigorous – 4-6 years of academic work – intertwined with a mix of hands-on application and practicum, research, presentation, and study.
Examples of the modalities Naturopaths use are:
Aromatherapy and Essential oil work
And so many more!