Natural Therapy is a much misunderstood term.
Natural Therapy is just a "General Term", not a treatment modality, it encompasses many different natural therapy modalities. But in itself it is not a treatment modality, and there are no accredited diplomas for a "Natural Therapist"
We can't list anyone as a Natural Therapies , as most practitioners on this Directory could be classed as that, and we can't have 9000 listing in one modality.
Typical modalities which are most associated with the term Natural Therapy are :
Naturopathy - Read a short article about naturopathy
Massage - read more about the benefits of massage
Herbalist - read more > Herbal Tinctures
Iridology - more info here > Iridology information
Reflexology - read a full explanation and manual about Reflexology
Reiki - More a spiritual category, but Reiki, laying on hands, is a very natural response.
To find natural treatments for your health problems and disease states - click >> Natural Therapies or Natural Treatments
Often, the term Natural Therapist is used when someone has no specific qualification.
This by no means should indicate that such as person is not qualified in his or her own right, it just means, that at this moment, there are no accredited Diplomas to reflect whatever healing or treatment they facilitate.
All accredited Natural Therapy Modalities are qualified and as such listed under their specific Modality,
Naturopath - Homeopath - Herbalist - Hypnotist - Chiropractor - Acupuncturist and so on .... they may be all bunched together under the general umbrella term of Natural Therapists, but they are definitely individual treatment modality practitioners.
Further more, all accredited Therapists in any modality will need to be accredited with an Association.
See below links to some of the more well known "Natural Therapies" Modalities.
Find relevant > Natural Therapy Association - and always make sure your Practitioner is accredited.
To learn and become a Natural Practitioner, please go to the College- Schools Directory
Natural Therapy within our Society
Natural Therapy, even so it is a constantly growing supportive Health Modality and Business, it is often considered as a fringe industry or even worse, as snake oil business or just quackery.
Why is that?
It is a worthwhile endeavour to look closely at the attitude why something Natural creates such a negative response in some people.
First of all, we should all be naturally healthy, and health should be considered a birthright.
It could be assumed that natural human beings who live in a natural environment should be naturally healthy. This would also assume, that their health is not compromised by negative outside influences and that food and water is of plenty, and of good natural quality. ( not chemical)
It comes as no surprise, that with the lifestyle most of us live today, within a mostly unnatural environment, natural health can not be considered a birthright any longer. We have traded in our birthright for the temptation and lifestyle of a modern artificial life.
Therefore, it would be only too natural and may I say logical, that the first priority to gain back health, would be to strive for a natural lifestyle to the best of our abilities.
Interestingly, everything else could be considered as self-sabotage.
I like the term self-sabotage, it certainly brings the fact home, that everyone is responsible first of all for their own health, and only secondly can pass on that responsibility to someone else.
To be quiet frank about it, we commit self sabotage every time, we eat, drink or inhale anything which could harm our body. This unfortunately includes, chemicals in food production, obviously smokes and drugs, and we should be thinking twice about it, before we take medical prescribed drugs to maintain health.
Please do not misunderstand; anyone with any type of disease which requires taking prescription drugs to stay alive obviously should do so. For anyone else, I would suggest to look at the first priority again, which is to live as close as one can to a natural lifestyle.
Talking to most people about these issues, usually ends in total agreement. It is obvious to most, that if one abuses their own body either with over eating - drinking or a reckless lifestyle, one can't assume to stay healthy.
Therefore anyone who actually practices Natural Therapy, such as a Naturopath, the treatment will commence with teaching lifestyle improvements; such as good balanced diet habits, advising of proper sleep and rest habits, eliminating stress as much as possible and recommending a proper exercise regime.
How anyone could proclaim that such advice is quackery is beyond me, it is just logical and natural.
Having said that, I need to address the next step, the natural intervention with natural derived medicines, is it really necessary, and yes, I say it is.
We are not living in a natural environment and lifestyle any longer, and even if we strive towards a natural lifestyle, our body and lifestyle may still be compromise by our surroundings or the work we do and other society necessities.
Whenever our body is confronted with stress, our body to be able to cope with the added lifestyle stresses will require more of certain nutrients or elements. That's where natural nutrient supplements can be of great benefit.
The first rule of medicine is that of "doing no harm".
Natural Therapeutic agents or supplements endeavour to stand by that principle. The supplement is taken to supply a needed nutrient, whereas most medical drugs are taken to counteract some body function or to suppress or kill something.
As mentioned before, unfortunately no one has the answer yet of how to cure a disease like arthritis, diabetics or even high blood pressure; but the natural way of treating, by supporting health, will give everyone the chance to improve general health and by doing that overcome many health problems without adding to the problem or causing harm.
I feel more should be done in our society to overcome the negative attitude that to be healthy is not cool.
Disease and it's cost on our society expands in a seemingly never ending upward spiral.
Is no one asking why that is?
We hear of ever progressing better treatment, but seemingly we are not getting any healthier. We may live longer, but not healthier.
At least part of the problem would be a general disregard for living a healthy natural lifestyle.
Attitude needs to be changed, it has to be "cool" to be healthy, and definitely un-cool to engage in self-sabotaging lifestyle activities.
Parents have a great responsibility to demonstrate that attitude in front of their children. Dishing out tons of sweets and junk food to a toddler is not doing them a favour, it's condemning them to an ill-health lifestyle.
Lets embrace a natural healthy lifestyle.... it's not that hard ...
Information and recommendation provided by Dieter L. - useNature - Editor
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