The main principle behind naturopathic medicine is that the body has an innate ability to heal itself, (though the concept of self-healing does have limitations). This thinking points to the importance of supporting the body's natural vitality, which promotes self-cleansing, self-repair and therefore self-healing. Focusing on the immune, hormonal, nervous and detoxification/elimination systems of the body can achieve this process. Once these systems are in balance, the body can once again achieve homeostasis. To do this efficiently, Naturopathic doctors treat their patients holistically i.e. taking into consideration their individual biochemistry, biomechanics and emotional predispositions.
There are no panaceas, magic bullets, potions or remedies. Each individual has his/her own unique set of symptoms and reactions, which will, in turn, dictate the approach the Naturopathic doctor takes to treat the patient. This is why each person seeking help from a Naturopathic doctor will receive a relatively individualized treatment protocol. Naturopathic medicine is not a solitary system of care. Naturopaths work with other practitioners offering a wide range of treatments.
A career in naturopathy offers ample opportunities to the practitioner for earning money as well as reputation. In India there are few colleges on naturopathy offering courses at various levels – diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate. Licensed Naturopathic Physicians, however, have to complete a four-year program at the graduate level. Areas of study may include nutrition therapy, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, natural childbirth, and herbal/botanical medicine etc.
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Courses & Eligibility
Though the eligibility for entry into naturopathy courses may vary from one institute to another, basically all institutions look out for candidates who have completed 10+2 with an aggregate of 45% marks in Physics, Chemistry & Biology for admission into BNYS course.
There are 10 degree colleges in India offering BNYS program which is of four and half year’s duration with one year internship.
The National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune offers a one year program known Treatment Attendant Training Course for which the eligibility requirement is Std. X passed.
Naturopathy is often practiced in combination with other forms of alternative medicines such as Reiki, homoeopathy acupuncture etc. Much of the advice of naturopaths is sound, e.g., exercise, quit smoking, eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, practice good nutrition, etc.
In India naturopaths are appointed in government as well as private hospitals and health centres. They can also start their own venture where there is high density of population. Naturopathy is getting increasingly popular in all countries across the globe including India, among people who wish to escape the various side effects and symptoms, which are caused by allopathic system of medicine. Hence the scope of employment in this sphere is broadening.
Naturopaths generally earn more in their own ventures or clinics. The earnings vary; depending on the number of clients they see everyday. Self-employed naturopaths earn in the range of Rs. 10,000–Rs.20,000 per month. In developed countries like UK and US the salary range varies between USD 15,000–25,000 per annum.
Some naturopaths are also absorbed in private and government hospitals depending upon the strength. They are paid more or less Rs.10,000 per month.
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