Your body is designed to heal and grow. This is the basic premise of naturopathy; helping your body help itself. Naturopath schools focus on this basic tenet when it trains students to become healers and consultants. Your body knows how to regenerate the cells and tissue that it needs. As long as you lay the foundation, your body can usually do the rest. Unfortunately, the vast majority of us don’t have a very strong foundation. Poor sleep, lack of exercise, too much fast food, and unhealthy habits all contribute to high stress, muscle pain, colds, and general poor health.

What else does naturopath training deal with?

As you work towards your naturopath diploma or certificate, you’ll learn how to take detailed histories of your patients’ diets, lifestyles, and illnesses. With this information, you’ll be able to create natural treatments that reverse any ailments they currently have and prevent likely problems from ever surfacing. This is usually done through modified diet, exercise, and stretching. However, your training might also focus on techniques such as massage, aromatherapy, and detoxification. The general goal is to provide a holistic approach to medicine and healing.

Naturopath opportunities in hospitals

Because naturopathy is a complement (and not a supplement) to established medical treatment, it is not uncommon to find naturopathic practitioners at some hospitals and clinics. Be prepared, though, since some hospitals are still reluctant to label “naturopathic specialists” as such. You might end up seeing the “nutritionist,” “physical therapist,” or “massage therapist.” Regardless of the title, the basic premise is the same; teaching the body to help itself treat or prevent illnesses and injuries using proven, natural, non-invasive techniques.