‘Let nature be the Only Healer!’ – Career as a Naturopath

 Making you heal and whole, A Naturopath

So what is the first thing you worry about when you fall ill? The long list of bitter medicines that the doctors are going to hand over to you and ofcourse the side-effects are another add on? Well, how about not being worried about the side effects? How about getting cured without consuming drugs or medicines? How about being a ‘Naturopath’?

Antibiotics or No-Antibiotics?

In India general physicians recommend antibiotics for viral fever easily which in other countries doctors take hours to decide if the patient should be given antibiotics or there are other means to cure. But the same country has also enlightened the world with the knowledge of herbal science which eliminates consumption of drugs and supports complete cure of health and mind.

An independent system of Medicine

Naturopathy is an art and science of healthy living and a drugless system of healing based on well founded philosophy. It has its own concept of health and disease and also a unique principle of treatment. Naturopathy is a very old science. As on today, Naturopathy is recognized and well accepted as an independent System of Medicine.

Back in the ancient times..

We can find a number of references in our Vedas and other ancient texts. The morbid matter theory, concept of vital force and other concepts upon which Naturopathy is based are already available in old texts.

What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy is a system of man building in harmony with the constructive principles of Nature on physical, mental, moral and spiritual planes of living. It has great health promotive, disease preventive and curative as well as restorative potential.

What British Naturopathic association has to say..

According to the manifesto of British Naturopathic Association, “Naturopathy is a system of treatment which recognizes the existence of the vital curative force within the body.” It therefore, advocates aiding human system to remove the cause of disease i.e. toxins by expelling the unwanted and unused matters from human body for curing diseases.

One cause – One treatment.

Naturopathy says, all diseases, their causes and treatment are one. Except for traumatic and environmental conditions, the cause of all diseases is one i.e. accumulation of morbid matter in the body. The treatment of all diseases is elimination of morbid matter from the body and nature is the greatest healer. The human body itself has the healing power to prevent itself from disease and regain health if unhealthy.

Educational Requirements: To pursue naturopathy, you have to be from a science background scoring a minimum of 455 marks in all the science subjects in your 12th exam. Post that, you have to earn a bachelor’s degree in Naturopathy and yogic science which is a course of around 5 to 6 years including internship. Also there are a few colleges where they offer a diploma in naturopathy. So, work out your plan and start working for it today!

Since, Naturopathy calls for everything that relates to nature. There are ‘n’ number of techniques that they follow to cure a person and bless them with a healthy life. Let me discuss a few of it with you:

1. Diet Therapy: This therapy encourages consumption of food in natural form. Fresh green leafy vegetables, seasonal fruits and sprouts are expected to be in the diet.

2. Fasting Therapy: Fasting is an important treatment modality for health preservation. In fasting, mental preparedness is an essential pre-condition.

3. Mud Therapy: Mud therapy is very simple and effective treatment modality. The mud used for this should be clean and taken from 3 to 4 ft. depth from the surface of the ground. There should be no contamination of stone pieces or chemical manures etc. in the mud.

4. Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is a branch of Nature Cure. It is the treatment of disorders using different forms of water. These forms of water application are in practice since age-old days. Hydrothermal therapy additionally uses its temperature effects, as in hot & cold baths, saunas, wraps, etc and in all its forms-solid, fluid, vapour, ice and steam, internally and externally.

5. Masso Therapy: Massage is also a modality of Naturopathy and quite essential for maintaining good health. Massage involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels.

6. Acupressure: Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers or any blunted objects to press key points called as ‘Acu Points’ (Energy stored points) on the surface rhythmically on the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. When these points are pressed, they release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood and the body’s life force to aid healing.

7. Acupuncture: Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting and manipulating fine filiform needles into specific points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes.

8. Chromo Therapy: Seven colours of Sun rays have different therapeutic effects. These colours are-Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red. For being healthy and in treatment of different diseases, these colours work effectively. Water and oil exposed to sun for specified hours in coloured bottles and coloured glasses, are used as devices of Chromo Therapy for treating different disorders.

9. Air Therapy: Fresh air is most essential for good health. The advantage of air therapy can be achieved by means of Air bath. Everybody should take an air bath daily for 20 minutes or longer if possible. It is more advantageous when combined with morning cold rub and exercises. In this process, one should walk daily after removing the clothes or wearing light clothes at a lonely clean place where adequate fresh air is available. Another alternate method is in a constructed room without roof and surrounded by shutter like walls so as to allow free passage of air but prevent any view of the interior.

10. Magnet Therapy: Magnet therapy is a clinical system in which human ailments are treated and cured through the application of magnets to the body of the patients. It is the simplest, cheapest and entirely painless system of treatment with almost no side or after effects. The only tool used is the magnet.

It is always recommended to be a licensed Naturopathy Practitioner or Naturopath. In India, naturopathy is overseen by the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).

Career Prospects: In a world where, everyone is responding to all the nature-made products, naturopathy is also gaining its revival at an equal pace. Naturopathy is often practiced in combination with other forms of alternative medicines such as Reiki, homoeopathy, acupuncture etc. With your special skills you can look for jobs in places like:

  • Health Clinics
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Psychiatric wards
  • Recovery Care units
  • Gyms

Apart from this, you can as well think of opening your own clinic and practicing in on your own, definitely it would require a larger investment and also a strong customer base.

Salary: The remuneration of this such a pure profession whose only aim is to make people healthy in the initial stage ranges between Rs. 20, 000- Rs. 40,000 which entirely depends upon expertise and experiences. For the knowledgeable candidate, salary may touch up to Rs. 1 lakh per month in the private sector, especially in the spas, resorts and big five star hotels.

While in US Dollars, as per the Labor Statistics U.S. Bureau, measured in 2015, the median salary of all the naturopaths was nearly $57,910 and the projected job growth is about 16% in between the years of 2014-2024.

So, now I have to take a leave from you.. I hope you enjoyed this natural path to ‘Naturopathy.’ So until the next time we meet, keep transforming leaves to medicines and replacing toxins with herbs.

Thank you for making this world a healthier place, Naturopaths!

(Article contributed by Team Promisedland)

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