All about Naturopathy and what to expect when you consult a Naturopath

All about Naturopathy and what to expect when you consult a naturopath

  • All about Naturopathy and what to expect when you consult a naturopath. Naturopathy, naturopathy, naturopathy, have you heard of that word before ? Maybe not the word naturopathy, but the other meaning of it -- natural or alternative way of healing. Sometimes it is also called traditional method of healing. In the modern world in which we live in today people's lifestyle, poor diet, too much stress plus the effect of environmental pollution takes a toll in the degradation of health of the people. More and more people are resorting to a natural way of healing and overall health which comprised the holistic principle which sees humankind as whole system of body mind and spirit. Naturopath are trained practitioner who uses the said principles stated above.
  • The growing number of people adhering of natural way of medicine is increasing. At times this is the last resort after all else fail. People are finally realizing that the best way to a healthier life is to have a balanced diet, healthy lifestyle, exercise and stress free you. It is common sense and I know this is not the first time you heard these things, but it is really worth the repeat. In essence this is how naturopathy works -- curing diseases and preventing them in a natural way of looking at humans in holistic view. A naturopath will guide you in the natural way of healing using a range of alternative methods of diagnosis like diet regimen, herbal remedies or even acupuncture or a combination of both.

Naturopathy utilized natural healing such as herbal remedies
Naturopathy utilized natural healing such as herbal remedies

The main objectives of this article are :

  • to discuss all about naturopathy,
  • what to expect when you consult a naturopath, what naturopath does, where to avail services as well and the necessary things needed to know when you consult a naturopath.
  • I will discuss in brief whether consultation with a naturopath is covered by insurance or not.


A naturopath examining a patient
A naturopath examining a patient

What is Naturopathy?

  • The word “Naturopathy” was taken from the Greek word “naturae,” meaning natural or innate, and “pathos,” meaning suffering, to emphasize the fact that the body has a natural innate ability to heal itself and overcome the symptoms of suffering.
  • Naturopathy is also known as natural medicine that focus on natural remedies and the body's normal and natural abilities to heal itself. The philosophy of naturopathic medicine is that it treats the humans as a holistic being. Naturopathy comprises many different treatment modalities of varying degrees of acceptance by the medical community; diet and lifestyle advice may be substantially similar to that offered by non-naturopaths, and acupuncture may help reduce pain in some cases.

Diet is a big part of naturopathic therapy
Diet is a big part of naturopathic therapy

Application Of Naturopathy Treatments

  • Naturopath is treating a patient, she will not look at the individual conditions that the patient may have or consider a particular treatment separately.
  • Naturopath will approach the patient as a whole person and treat that whole, with all the health factors that apply to the person.
  • Naturopath look into the complete lifestyle of her patient and treat the patient, rather than the illness. Naturopathy considers all the relevant elements of the disease and the lifestyle of a person which includes their thought patterns, sleep patterns, sexual behavior, nutrition, personal conduct and emotional composition.
  • An important element of the practice of naturopathy is bringing inspiration to others, and encouraging people to take responsibility for their everyday health, and to find confidence in the human body’s innate abilities to cure to cure itself,
  • In short these are the necessary prinicples abide by naturopaths in curing disease the narural way.

What to expect when you go for check up:

  • The naturopath or trained practitioner will ask you about your medical history, lifestyle, smoking habit, sleeping patterns, diet, or if have other sickness, plus the environment you are exposed to. On the basis of these, he will prescribe a diet regimen for you, sometimes he may also require acupuncture/acupressure, herbal so it is a combination of different natural ways of healing.
  • Check up and treatment under a naturopath is usually available everywhere as described under the section naturopaths and they also are included in insurance claims.


Naturopathy healing is base in natural method
Naturopathy healing is base in natural method
Maasage is part of naturopathy
Maasage is part of naturopathy

Naturopathy and the use of it is guided by a naturopath or trained practitioner in naturopathy

Naturopath and where to locate them

  • A Naturopath is said to be practising in hospitals, spas, research, health care, administration, and clinics.One can find a Naturopath in a nutritional and family consultancy and also in a beauty clinic. They also specialize i.e, infertility, skin problems, sports, children, or geriatrics is possible.
  • A naturopath can often successfully pin-point a predisposition in the body, before the onset of acute disease, and treat the patient with specific therapies and changes in the patient’s lifestyle.
  • In every country the laws are varied pertaining to licensing and training, It is readily available in the US, Canada, UK, Australian and India. In some parts of Asia it is the main form of healing like in China.


Naturopathic Physicians have a guiding principle stated as follows:

  1. It is nature that is the real healer - not doctors, drugs or surgery plus the nature cures through the body’s inherent healing mechanisms. The body's inherent mechanism can maintain and restore phenomenal health and naturopathic physicians seek to support and enhance these natural healing systems by using medicines and techniques that work in harmony with body and are free of harmful side-effects.
  2. Find the Cause -- Naturopaths agree that underlying causes of disease must be discovered and treated before a person can recover completely from illness. Each every illness has a cause -- often in aspects of the lifestyle, diet or habits of the individual. Naturopathic Physicians are trained to find and remove the underlying cause of a disease and symptoms are expressions of the body’s attempt to heal, they are not the cause of disease and therefore should not be suppressed by treatment.
  3. Treat the Whole Person Holistic approach not treating only one aspect of the persons health is very important. Health or disease comes from a complex interaction of physical, mental, emotional, dietary, genetic, environmental, lifestyle, and other factors. Naturopathic physicians treat the whole person, taking all of these factors into account. This is the essence of General practice - Family medicine. Naturopathic physicians can usually find the underlying cause of disease because they are trained to look at the whole person and the intricacies and interrelationships of every system of the whole person.
  4. Doctor as Teacher and they are equal in standing with the patient - The relationshop betwwen a patient and a doctos ir equal in nature. Doctor means teacher. Naturopathic physicians believe this is true and they treat patients as equals, but recognize their responsibility to share their knowledge with their patients. "A principle objective of naturopathic medicine is to teach the patient about the cause and cure of disease on all levels, emphasizing prevention and self-responsibility. Naturopathic Physicians recognize the great importance of the partnership of the doctor and patient in achieving optimal health."



Naturopathy or the natural way of healing in the form of diet regimen, combined with traditional method of healing like herbal treatments, acupuncture or acupressure or other forms of holistic healing is worth our time, money and effort as it caters to a more natural way of treating diseases and prevention of it. The principles involved in naturopathy is not difficult to digest and understand. Naturopaths cater to these basic principles of holistic healing. Natural way of medicine has been proven to be effective alternative way to take care of our health, not in scientific way but by the many people who attested to the effectiveness of the naturopathy. It has been proven to be effective by the fact that it is used more than 5000 years now. Naturopaths or trained practitioner are available to assist us in achieving the best health we can have. There is nothing like living naturally.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

I have heard of Naturopathy and I think it is offered in some colleges nowadays too. It seems like a natural alternative. Problem is everything "natural" does not agree with everyone's system.

Thank you Maita, for the additional insight and increasing awareness of yet another claimed remedy to add to our ever growing list of health CHOICES!

Forever His,

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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Conventional medicine as not always worked for me. This has opened my eyes.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

Pretty-this must be why you are so pretty. . there isnt anything better than living a natural life! Great information. Thanks for sharing;)))


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Hey, Normita. I like how you clearly explained what Naturopathy is and how the word derived from Greek. I also liked how you underlined that the human body knows how to defend itself against most ailments and that Naturopathy in essence works with the body rather than against it. Excellent work! This was a very comprehensive hub.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

Great Hub, the pictures are so clear and nice. Great job.

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anglnwu 6 years ago

All things natural are better than synthetic pills and drugs--naturopathy is definitley the way to go to heal the whole body. Thanks for the very comprehensive hub, from the definition to what to expect when visitng a naturopath. Great job!

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Nice information. I get well explanation here. Although I never know about Naturopathy before and not really familiar with this words. But you show the magic of this treatment. I am glad to know that. Thanks Maita.

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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Natural herbs and always better than meds! Excellent information Maita! They really do work also!

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lxxy 6 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

The main objective(s) add an s to make it grammatically complete?) of this article are :

All and all, GREAT JOB!

This is a very good way for a newcomer to begin to understand naturopathy and it's implications. I for one believe in our immune system, and believe the only way to approach health is just as you have mentioned--to take everything into perspective!


Sorry for multiple empty comments; HP was having a fit with the symbols in my comment.

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hey Ixxy, thanks for pointing that out, I really appreciate it, I changed it now, hmmm, I received some six comments from you, glitch from HP, Have agood day, Maita

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Ghost, Thank you for commenting again, Good day to you, Maita

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi prasetio, thank you for your comment, Maita

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alexandriaruthk 6 years ago from US

These are very nice information prettydarkhorse. Well researched and easy to understand. You did an amazing job as usual!

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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Great, as usual. Rated and stumbled. Well done Maita. Happy Sunday!

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

You have done some very impressive work and rearch and put in clear writing. Thank you for a great hub.

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi alexandriaruthk, thank you,

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi hypno, thanks, Maita

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hello, thanks for a very nice compliment, Maita

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi angl, your an angel, thank you, much appreciated, Maita

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Thnak you Tam, Maita

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blpelton 6 years ago

Awesome work as usual Maita! I use natural most of the time THX for Sharing ! very well done ! woohoo ! ;D

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"Quill" 6 years ago

Morning Maita...awesome hub and filled with so much information...I have book marked this one...

Hugs as always

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi bl, thanks dear, Maita

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Quill, good to hear from you and bless, thanks, Maita

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi RevLady, Yes I think it is offered already but licensing and regulations are different in each state, Thanks and Bless, Maita

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi sandy, I am glad you are into alternative med as well, Thanks, Mita

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi wave, we are pretty hehe, You rock on girl, love you aromatherapy hubs, maita

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

Hi Dohn, thanks for that comment, Night, Maita

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rizwan_isria 6 years ago from India

Its a very useful information sply in this seasons i like it and hope u will like my hubs too

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

hi rizwan, thanks, Maita

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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Praise God! Very informational prettydarkhorse! Thank you my friend! When you get a chance, come visit me! Much love to you!!! Blessings!!

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US Author

ms. carlotta, thanks, Maita

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bluebird 5 years ago

I liked this article, it was very informative. People need to know there is a better way and you have shared that well and hopefully opened their minds a bit more to another better alternative than doctors. There's a lot of information here, thanks! My husband and I have used a naturopath for almost twenty years, we have saved a lot of money and a lot less suffering for the whole family. It makes so much sense - our doctor bills are next to nothing, we are drug free and we are healthy!

This approach should really be considered, it is the best way to go!

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denimorro 4 years ago from United States

Thank you for promoting the Naturopathic and Holistic Lifestyle. Your article was enthusiastic and gives the kind of information that may encourage folks to explore Naturopathy as a complementary alternative to standard Western Medicine. Have a Holistic Great Day!

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