For the scholarly article review, I chose “Integrating Naturopathy: Can We Move Forward?” from The Permanente Journal. The focus of the article addresses why the integrative role of naturopathy, given the growing demand from patients for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), has yet to be well integrated into the conventional continuum of care. The article discusses the benefits naturopathic medicine delivers, various obstacles that interfere with the success of its integration, and suggests improved communication between physicians to enhance its application in the conventional care framework.
Naturopathic medicine (also referred to as naturopathy) is a system of primary healthcare that combines century old traditions of treatment and prevention with many modern treatment modalities. Using natural therapies, naturopathic medicine emphasizes self- healing and treating the underlying cause of an ailment while simultaneously addressing the patients’ needs and feelings. The six basic principles of naturopathic medicine set the standards for the beliefs of the practice. Not only is naturopathic medicine a way of medically treating the body but its also a way of emotionally and spiritually treating the soul and spirit of the patient.
Over the past 10 years, the pharmaceutical formulary for licensed Naturopathic Physicians has absolutely expanded. In many states where Naturopathic Physicians have licensure, they also have the ability to prescribe pharmaceutical drugs to help their patients. While the Physicians may not always choose to go with pharmaceuticals as a treatment choice, they have the option if that is what they and their patients think is best. The state that has experienced the most expansion has been Oregon, but each state has its own formulary which Naturopaths can work from. If I end up working in a licensure state, it will be important to have pharmaceuticals as an option to treat my patients. My main goal as a Naturopathic Physician is to help my patients to the best of my ability. I plan to integrate pharmaceutical modalities into my clinic if it is in a licensure state, and use them for patients who need the help of pharmaceuticals. I will always strive to provide the best care for my patients, and if pharmaceuticals will help them without also causing harm, then I will prescribe them for my patients. The pharmaceutical formulary expansion provides an example of the integration of nature and modern medicine, which is the basis for Naturopathic treatment. Naturopathic treatments use natural methods whenever possible, but sometimes quicker methods are necessary, like those provided by pharmaceuticals. It is important for NDs to have a variety of treatment methods available for treatment
Many people search for alternative ways to treat illnesses other than the conventional use of drugs and surgery. These alternative ways include aromatherapy, naturopathy, and homeopathy. Aromatherapy uses essential oils to treat the illness. Naturopathy is a system of treating diseases through using essential oils to treat the illness. Naturopathy is a system of treating diseases through using a
If you have inflammation or infection, the doctor might prescribe you some medication to reduce symptoms and kill bacteria or calm the tissue. However, the use of Antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistant bacteria in your body and might also disturb the good and bad bacterial
The last principal is the Naturopath’s ultimate goal and that is to prevent diseases. We live in a fast-paced society and we have never learnt how to prevent diseases from the beginning, we always want the quickest and more efficient way to treat illnesses but it's generally after we become ill. We have the need for education and promotion of life-habits that create good health. Keeping ourselves healthy works better and more effective than fighting disease.
Today we have alternative medicine which was developed thousands of years ago and have a long-standing historical value of effectiveness, advantages, and some drawbacks. Diagnosis was the first approach to any illness. Alternative medicine looks at the factors of equilibrium and the environment in which one lives and the disease is considered an imbalance between the two; cleansing the whole body than on a particular problem to get the balance back in sync. Very much the description of the Buddhist and the Greek cultures of medicine and healing the
Antimicrobial resistant has been called one of the world's most pressing public health problems. Every time a person takes antibiotics, sensitive bacteria are killed, but resistant ones may be left to grow stronger and multiply. Although antibiotics can help treat bacterial infections, a possible side effect is that they can strengthen certain bacterial strains. Antibiotics are supposed to be used for bacterial infections, but are wrongly being used for both viral and bacterial infections. When we use antibiotics on viral infections, deadly bacteria multiplies and becomes stronger. We can fix this problem by using antibiotics for bacterial infections only.
Most people naturally carry the bacteria in their intestines, away from the oxygen that would kill them. Given that our intestines produce different types of bacteria, so if we take antibiotic
Holistic Medicine, commonly referred to as “Alternative Medicine”, is a vast and rapidly growing new scientific field. It is derived mainly from ancient, traditional methods of healing that have often been practiced in the East for centuries. These include a variety of techniques from herbal healing to acupuncture to homeopathy to energy channeling. Due to the large number of methods that are covered by the term, there are various definitions of Holistic Medicine. However, all literature seems to agree that Alternative Medicine, is exactly what the name suggests: an ‘alternative’ approach to healing and medicine. It is a more personal move toward health care, which attempts to connect the mind, body and spirit.
It can cause something as small as a cold to be able to kill a person. “Eric was prescribed to many antibiotics as a young child that when he became sick at the age of 10 the had to try 4 different medications before he would start the get better.”(Renkl, Margaret) When bacteria becomes immune to antibiotics the body has no defense over the disease. The bacteria is stronger than the body’s immune system because it has cell walls when human cells do not have walls to protect itself. It can cause serious damage to a person’s body, sometimes so serious that when not treated properly it can even lead to
It is important to understand the cause of the current crisis on the matter, factors that lead to diseases and good health, in addition to the steps that need to be taken by an individual so as to maintain good health.
Complementary Alternative Medicine take into consideration the individual as a whole. Some of the techniques used to treat patients include natural products such as herbs, herbal oils and herbal recipes typically found in health food store etc. Other methods include acupuncture to relieve pain and provide a sense of relief. Other
Alternative medicines have existed for many years, and are practiced by different cultures around the world. Traditional Western medicine which is practiced by most physicians in the United States focuses on the physical aspects of the body and employs scientific methods of treating. The effect of the mind on the body is not generally considered to be important except for those who practice holistic medicine (Mitchell D. & Haroun L., 2007). A holistic approach means that all aspects
Although "Alternative" or "Complementary" medicine has been kept on the fringes of the medical sciences in the past, it is becoming increasingly more popular, and more reputable. Alternative medicines are those medical systems which are not taught to or practiced by most conventional medical doctors. Alternative medicines seemingly have always existed, changing and conforming to the current climate of society. There seems to be an almost endless number of alternative medicines, each with their own method of gaining perfect health. Often people who are dissatisfied with conventional medicine turn to alternative medicine for their medical needs. Many similarities link the diverse extremities of alternative medicine.