Naturopaths or naturopathic practitioners combine natural healing philosophies with the exacting standards of modern science.
What is a Naturopath?
Immersed in traditional healing modalities, practices and principles, naturopaths focus on proactive disease prevention and holistic treatment and diagnosis. By utilising protocols capable of minimising potential harm, naturopaths aid in facilitating a patient’s inherent healing capabilities for regaining and maintaining optimum health.
It is the naturopath’s job to determine and eliminate all obstacles to optimal health by aiding to create not just an external, but also an internal healing environment. They are mostly self-employed and operate private practices, while others work or do consultations in clinics, hospitals and health centres.
Becoming a Naturopath
To become a naturopath, you must obtain qualifications recognised by naturopathic medicine professional organisations such as the General Council and Register of Naturopaths (GCRN) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and work towards a membership. The GCRN also recommends courses, including nutrition courses Ireland residents can sign up in, which last up to three years at least. The GCRN recognises the following naturopathic medicine training courses:
- Diploma in Naturopathy
- Diploma in Naturopathy and a BSc degree in Osteopathic Medicine
- Postgraduate Diploma for registered healthcare professionals, chiropractors and osteopaths
In general, these training courses involve naturopathy philosophies, anatomy, nutrition courses, physiology, as well as traditional medical treatments. When choosing among different courses, check the provider’s qualifications and experience. You must also inquire about course delivery and clinical placements.
Naturopathy Continuing Education and Development
Once you’ve successfully completed your training, you’ll be expected to update your knowledge and skills throughout your practice. Becoming a member of recognised naturopathy organisations will provide you access to a wide variety of development opportunities, events, and even indemnity insurance. In addition, you also have the option of registering with associations governing mixed complementary modalities including the Complementary Medical Association (CMA) or the Complementary and Natural Medicine, which operate the British Register of Complementary Practitioners.