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Naturopathic medicine, also called "naturopathy," is a distinct, comprehensive system of primary healthcare. It is a practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness. Naturopathic medicine is based on the assumption that when one part of your body or mind is not working properly, it affects your entire well-being. Thus, naturopathic medicine focuses on the whole person, not just the illness.
A central goal of naturopathic medicine is to use the healing power of the body and nature to maintain and restore health. To accomplish this, naturopathic practitioners focus on creating a healthy environment both inside and outside the body. They use safe, natural therapies to support the whole person and to strengthen the body's ability to heal itself. Naturopaths also emphasize prevention of illness through education and promotion of healthy lifestyle habits.
The scope of naturopathic medicine encompasses a variety of natural and non-invasive therapies, including the following: clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, classical Chinese medicine, hydrotherapy, manipulative therapy, counseling or behavioral medicine, physical medicine, and some minor surgery.
Conventional cancer treatments, and cancer itself, can be strenuous on your body. You may find it difficult to deal with side effects like nausea, pain and fatigue. Naturopathic medicine therapies may help provide relief from these symptoms. When used alongside conventional medical treatments, naturopathic methods may help increase your body's natural healing power to fight disease.
As you undergo traditional cancer treatment, naturopathic medicine aims to:
Naturopathic medicine incorporates the natural therapies of many different healing traditions. These therapies aim to support whole-body wellness, including the immune system, digestion, sleep, energy levels, diet, exercise, and spirituality.
The following are some therapeutic modalities of naturopathic medicine that you may decide to integrate into your cancer treatment plan:
NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE MEDICAL ADVICE, NOR IMPLIED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR CONVENTIONAL CANCER TREATMENT. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED HEALTHCARE PROVIDER PRIOR TO INCORPORATING ANY NATUROPATHIC THERAPIES INTO YOUR TREATMENT.
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