What is Naturopathy?


Naturopathy is also known as Naturopathic Medicine which is a type of alternative medicine. It takes its name from Greek and Latin which roughly translates to "nature disease". It is anchored in the belief that bodily functions are guided by vital energy to perform at optimal levels. These functions include metabolism and growth, among others. Thus, this branch of alternative medicine believes that the body has a natural capability to heal itself.

Over the years, Naturopathy has been a growing practice among alternative medicine practitioners and advocates all over the world. The practice was brought to popularity by  Benedict Lust, the father of U.S. naturopathy. During the natural health movement in the 1970's, the practice saw its revival in America and Canada. Today, the field covers specializations such as clinical medicine, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, physical medicine, oriental medicine, naturopathic obstetrics, psychologic medicine, and minor surgery, among many others.

So, how does naturopathy help us anyway? Well, despite the lack of any scientific basis proving whether or not naturopathy depends on a placebo effect or whatever, everyone who has tried it will agree that it does wonders and miracles to their overall wellbeing. While naturopathy has its own line of cures for certan illnesses, it also has its own philosophy of preventive measures which involve your lifestyle. Here are some of them:


1. Exercise

Exercise should be done regularly and with supervision. A good exercise routine is one that is prescribed by a professional and one that goes well with your body type. Exercise maintains a healthy flow of oxygen in your body thereby improving blood circulation and preventing high blood pressure. It also gives you a healthy cardiovascular and immune system. It will also enable you to control your appetite and your weight and improve your bowel movement. Lastly, it relieves stress and aids in sleep regulation which can help improve depression.

2. Quadrangle of wellbeing

Naturopathy recognizes that there are four aspects to a healthy wellbeing- rest, fresh food, exercise, fresh air. This combination improves your overall health and minimizes your chances of developing illnesses brought about by ageing. This also ensures that you have a balanced mind and body.

3. Lifestyle choices affect your health

Lifestyle choices such as late nights, smoking, and excessive alcohol affect your overall wellbeing. Late nights alter your body clock and can lead to insomnia. Smoking damages your lungs the way that drinking damages the kidneys. Choosing a clean lifestyle assures you a healthy body and a sound mind. This improves your productivity and concentration as well. 

4. Stress management

Different people manage stress in different ways. Some turn to substance abuse and destructive behavior. Others prefer to do things in a better way. This entails taking up a hobby such as writing, crafts, gardening, photography, and much much more. Some prefer to exercise and practice yoga. Stress management entails having a balanced self in the midst of pressure. This helps prevent stress-related illnesses such as insomnia, migraines, and depression.


If you are seeking clinics that provide services in naturopathy, there are many across North America. Make sure that your attending physician is a licensed doctor who specializes in naturopathy (an ND, for short). He or she should have certifications from medical schools offering residency in this specialization, not just certificates from online courses.

Naturopathy advocates for a balanced life in order to achieve a healthy mind and body. This entails a lifestyle that is well-rounded. For some, drastic lifestyle changes are necessary. For others, maintaining their lifestyle while adding a few healthy options is needed. Nevertheless, the important thing to remember is that naturopathy aims to maximize the body's potential to heal itself. That is the reason you should take good care of it.