What a Traditional Naturopath Does NOT Do
A Traditional Naturopath avoids a number of procedures that are common to allopathic health care. Among them are:
- Diagnose disease. In determining the root cause of a clientâs problems, Traditional Naturopaths perform evaluations and analysis, but they do not diagnose disease.
- Treat disease. In Traditional Naturopathy the focus is on health and education, not on treating any specific disease. The Traditional Naturopath will teach clients how to create an internal and an external environment that is conducive to good health.
- Prescribe drugs and pharmaceuticals. Instead of prescribing, Traditional Naturopaths educate their clients, who, in turn, make their own choices. A Naturopath may teach clients about the use of various herbs and homeopathic remedies, as well as about the healing properties inherent in other foods and nutritional supplements. However, since drugs may be toxic to the body, Traditional Naturopaths do not generally believe in the use of drugs.
- Perform invasive procedures. These include major and minor surgery, as well as giving injections and drawing blood, all of which are common in allopathic medicine. Some Traditional Naturopaths have training, and qualification in other forms of the healing arts and may help their clients by using such hands on modalities such as reflexology or acupressure. There are Traditional Naturopaths who are also chiropractors, massage therapists, homeopaths, etc. In these cases, the Naturopath may blend Traditional Naturopathic modalities with those common to the other discipline, for example, performing spinal adjustments if the Naturopath is also a chiropractor.