8.08.2012

Coffee and a New Word: Naturopath

About 17 years ago I was researching Homeopathic Medicine because it fit in more with my belief system and lifestyle than our current system.  I got busy raising our three children and let my interest fade to the background.  I still believe in a more natural way of health than putting chemicals in our bodies in the forms of daily pill prescriptions, but I am not passionate about the topic in any way, shape or form.

Today I discovered a new word to add to my vocabulary: naturopath


Naturopathic practitioners are split into two groups, traditional naturopaths and naturopathic physicians. Naturopathic physicians employ the principles of naturopathy within the context of conventional medical practices. Naturopathy comprises many different treatment modalities of varying degrees of acceptance by the conventional medical community; these treatments range from standard evidence-based treatments, to homeopathy and other practices sometimes characterized as pseudoscience. 

Practiced all over the world, it is becoming more popular and well known even though it's been around since the late 1800's.   While best known in the States for a popular choice in Oregon and Washington, it's also available in Canada.  If you have an interest in alternative health, naturopathic medicine and their clinics may be the right starting place for you.