Trends In Natural Health

Natural health methods and alternative medicine always find ways to develop and increase its knowledge base. And just like conventional medicine, natural health is adept in new trends being introduced into the field. Alternative medicine includes a wide range of health care practices, therapies and products which are not included in regular degree courses in established medical schools.  It is just two months since 2013 started it the the time experts are predicting the health trends of the year.

The interest in natural health and alternative treatments will still gather popularity. Many mainstream medications are showing dangerous side effects, people will look for  new solutions to minimize any health conditions and to minimize any serious side effects a patient may get. Although alternative treatments are popular, some people are still skeptical about some of its procedures. With much information and resources, letting the people know of its benefits will not hard to spread. More people will try new remedies, change the lifestyle and try new activities to avoid conventional medicine side effects.  A hundred years old practices such as yoga, acupuncture and tai chi will soar further and gain attention due to its ability to soothe and calm the body. It also helps in treating chronic aping, obesity, stress and hypertension which are common today.

Another  trend introduced is moxibustion. Moxibustion is a type of acupuncture techniques that  involves or uses mugwort ( a natural herb). Traditionally, it’s a Chinese medicine that is used to invigorate the flow of the blood, Qi and  gives a pain relieving effect. The Moxa herb is lit on fire and are placed on the top of the needle. It can also be applied without using acupuncture needles; it can be burned in its stock for and the acupuncturist hovers and swirls the stick above the acupuncture points. . It is proven effective for muscle spasms, joint pains low back pain and other body pains that are caused by cold weather.

Alternative psychotherapy interest will grow. Alternatives are not only herbs, yoga and massages. People can get and experience significant changes with activities such as art therapy, music therapy, sound healing , energy balancing and other modalities that connect to people as a whole. These are sought after modalities that people are willing to take release tension and stress.  Personal satisfaction rather than external achievements will be the focus of more people. Minimizing and cutting schedule of extended lifestyles and instead creating opportunities and activities that will calm the mind and body. Personal growth and spiritual classes will help in achieving  this need. It will bring back the center of the body and will help focus on what is comforting .

The connection between food and health will be in the forefront. Different groceries and markets are now offering organic and free range produce. People today are learning to eat clean – eating foods without preservatives, additives, chemicals or too much sugar. Buying habits will also change, people will read labels more to check the nutritional facts of the product to be bought. This did not happen a few decades ago, but people today are more aware of the effects of preservatives in the human body.

What is Natural Health?

Natural health is defined as a self care method or system of natural therapies that restores and builds wellness and health by working with the natural healing powers of the human body. It is also known as naturopathy or Naturopathic medicine. It  is a form of alternative medicine based on the belief in vitalism. It focuses on the holistic approach using non evasive treatments and encourages minimal use of drugs and surgery. Traditionally, it’s about the natural healing therapies of prevention and promoting a healthy lifestyle, physical exercises, stress management and correct nutrition. Arguments have been made about the validity and the philosophy of natural health because of its resurgence and popularity. Naturopathy follow certain parameters in treatment, prevention and promoting healthy lifestyle and have been proven to work.

Practicing natural health or naturopathy  has nothing to do with religion, or with creation or other beliefs/ dimensions other than the health , wellness and healing of the human body. Naturopathy comprises of many different treatment methods of varying degrees or acceptance by the conventional medical field and medical community. But there are still skeptics in the field and to some, the ideology and methods used in naturopathy are in conflict with the established paradigm of EBM or evidence based medicine. The  ideology of natural health focused on natural substances, encouragement of natural healing and minimizing any evasive medical treatment.  Naturopaths in general, favors vitalistic conception of the body and total rejection of the established biomedicine and modern science. For naturopaths, prevention is the key to a total body wellness. Stress reduction and a healthy lifestyle  are greatly promoted. Psychic healing and faith healing is not part of natural health. The tenet of the practice is described by  six core values and stated as follows:

  1. Do no harm. Provide the most effective health care available with less risks to the patients at all times.
  2. Respect, recognize and promote the self healing power of of nature which is inherited to all individuals.
  3. Identify and remove the  cause of the illness.
  4. Educate and inspire hope and encourage responsibility for health.
  5. Consider all the individual health factors and influences when treating each person.
  6. Emphasize the condition of health to promote well being and preventing diseases to each individual human being.

Traditional naturopaths do not diagnose or treat diseases but focuses on healing the whole body, provides general wellness and facilitates body healing. The naturopaths usually does not prescribe or engage in the use of drugs, potions, surgery or other natural approaches practiced in conventional medicine. Naturopaths does not also usually  recommend vaccines and antibiotics. Methods used in natural health/naturopathy include acupuncture, hair analysis, live blood analysis, colonic enemas, botanical medicine, cranial osteopathy, applied Kinesiology and such. There are also therapies which use  or exposure to natural elements, like sunshine, heat, cold, fresh air and steam. Physical medicine such as hydrotherapy, sports medicine and manipulative therapy is also used. Meditation, relaxation, Reflexology and other traditional Chinese medicine are also  being sourced for natural health. There are many certified and licensed schools which teach natural health. Doctors practicing  Naturopathic medicine physicians  undergo basic training that includes medical diagnostic tests like medical imaging, blood tests, vitalism and hypnotherapy. In the United States, the physicians are represented by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education provides additional expertise and training which includes natural childbirth, intravenous therapy and minor surgery.

Traditional naturopaths are practitioners who have not graduated from accredited Naturopathic medical colleges and are not permitted to hold and ND or NMD titles.  But as many patients see it, the alternative healing methods can be used alongside regular medical treatment. It can be a complementary form of therapy.