Supporting Natural Therapies


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Supporting Natural Therapies is to Support Health

 

It’s not just about supporting Natural Therapy;  it’s all about supporting Health.

“How can we support health, and how can patients be best treated with the best possible outcomes”?

The obvious answer is that Natural Complementary Medicine needs to be part of the whole medical system for the benefit of  patients.

The present medical system, as good and advanced it is, has a lot of well known problems;
long waiting lists in Hospitals, not enough Doctors, consultations too short, insufficient answers and support for the patients, side- effects from prescription drugs.

At no time am I saying that there is anything wrong with the medical system, it does exactly what it is suppose to do, unfortunately, for many patients, that’s not enough. That’s why we need Complementary Medicine and Active Prevention to take the burden of the medical system.

Most of the efforts of the medical system are in Fighting a disease, if no disease can be diagnosed, the patient may get the all clear, but unfortunately their symptoms may persist.

If a disease is diagnosed, the next step is a prescription drug, and usually no further advice as to better ones health is given.



Most of the efforts of the Natural system are in Supporting Health and Active Prevention

These 2 efforts combined, should be the perfect marriage, and a constructive way to help a patient receive the best of both worlds.

To make sure that patients have trust in the complementary field of medicine, proper training through accredited colleges or universities are essential.

It also needs to be pointed out, esp to the general public, that people should only ever consult a practitioner who is accredited with one of the main Natural Therapy Associations.

Unfortunately, a lot of the criticism against Natural Therapies are generated by an over-generalisation of Natural Therapies; eg;  the typical statement , “all Natural Therapies are quackery”.

Natural Therapies are essential in modern Healthcare, one needs to know a little bit more about the difference within the primary field of Medicine, eg; about General Medical Practitioners and Complementary Medicine Practitioners.

I think it is important to stress the fact, that Natural Therapies are complementary and work in Active Prevention and individual holistic healthcare.

… and simply for this reason, there is, or should be, no competition with the medical system.

A general practitioner within a standard consultation has hardly the time to treat the patient in a holistic way, or giving diet and lifestyle advice. A patient presenting with multiple symptoms often is treated only for the main symptom.

If  all medical tests come back negative, which should be good news, the patients continue to have their symptoms, and more or less are forced to see a Natural Therapist.

Naturopathy has changed a lot over the years, these days a new patient within a 1 hour consultation, will get a thorough physical examination, will have to fill out a comprehensive questionnaire about past present and family medical history, in fact all information which are needed to get a holistic medical picture of a patient to prevent possible health issues.

In most cases the practitioner will check the patient’s prescription and over the counter drug list, as all to often drugs are taken which are not compatible with each other.

The initial therapy outline will usually be comprised of specific lifestyle modification, diet advice, stress level reduction advice, and possible some nutritional supplements, herbal medication or a manual therapy such as massage or chiropractic.

The practitioner may also suggest a class or group activity for individual patients who have individual requirements to be practiced on a long term basis. Tai Chi – Yoga – Meditation – Weight loss and Nutrition classes are excellent for Active Preventative Health Improvements.

All measures taken by a Natural Therapist are to support the patient’s health, the main emphasis is in educating the patient how to prevent further decline of health or possible disease all together. Some treatment is aimed at preventing or lessens side effects from drug therapy.

The medical system, to be efficient and to support patients, needs to embrace complementary therapy.

It has to be recognise that most patients come to a Natural Therapist, because they like to feel and be healthy, and they want answers they don’t get from within the medical system.

If Doctors would provide all the care a patient needs, patients wouldn’t go anywhere else.

Years ago, I handed out a questionnaire to patients to find out why they consulted a Natural Therapist.

Most patients told me anyhow, but I thought it would be a good idea to collect “evidence”, and I had planned to make that into a book. As things go … I didn’t do it ..

In retrospect, I would like to urge every natural practitioner to collect appropriate evidence,

……. because that evidence will prove  3 things:

  1. Many Patients are not satisfied with normal general medical practice.
  2. After a consultation with a medical Doctor, patients didn’t feel better and their problems were not resolved by medical practice.
  3. After a consultation with a Natural Therapist, the patients  felt better with improved quality of life and often even cured, because they understood their problems and had learned how to live a healthier life.

By the way, as a professional Natural Therapist, it is important to refer the patients back to the Medical practitioner, esp if further blood test can reveal that symptoms have been resolved and health had improved.

A call for Support!

I call on everyone, patients, natural and medical practitioners, to voice their support for Natural Therapy on social media.

Fortunately there are many Medical practitioners who recognise the value of complementary therapy.

Furthermore, Natural Therapists are as disgusted as Medical Practitioners if it comes to fraudulent practices or dubious natural curative claims.

Let is be also said, that in every profession, no matter which, are those few who usually for monetary reasons have become corrupted.

And finally, we welcome any constructive criticism or suggestion how to improve Natural Therapy practices or the Medical System for that matter.

 

Article by Dieter.l – Editor

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Comments
  1. Kahelu said on 14/03/2018 2:25 pm:

    … great article … I think Natural Therapy should be added to Medicare