A study reported on the reasons for the successful diabetes self-care approaches provided by Naturopathic practitioners: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23144900
Although this particular study focused on type 2 diabetes, the naturopathic approach is consistent.
Elements common to the success of the naturopathic approach were stated to be:
- A strong focus on the relationship between the practitioner and the patient
- a focus on holistic health and not just the presenting condition(s)
- advice was individualised and focused on the promotion of health
- time taken to focus on educating the patient, both in respect of the presenting symptoms and general health counselling that promoted self-efficacy
- practical self-help recommendations; therapeutic recommendations that promoted a feeling of hope
- a distinct contrast between naturopathic care and conventional medical care
The results of the study indicate that the routine clinical approach used by naturopathic practitioners is effective in promoting self-efficacy and improving clinical outcomes.
- A naturopathic assessment takes into account the web-like interconnection of the body’s organs and systems; it will aim to identify initiating factors, rather than directing therapy at individual symptoms.
Members of the General Naturopathic Council can often provide self-help to improve your health.