The Bachelor of Science Degree in Alternative Medicine enables students to explore the exciting field of Alternative Medicine with courses in Herbology and Botany, Nutrition and Aging, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, and Antioxidants
Mueller College offers a wide range of holistic health subjects such as massage therapy, hypnotherapy, herbology, reflexology, Reiki, nutrition, and Eastern and Asian modalities.
Naturopathy is a holistic system of medicine that emphasizes the maintaining of health and the prevention of disease. Naturopathic physicians concentrate on the wellbeing of the whole person and use a variety of natural therapies such as herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, hydrotherapy, manipulation and yoga. They believe that nature has a healing power and that the human body has the power to maintain or return to a state of balance and heal itself. Naturopaths use treatments that are considered natural and non-invasive, and try to identify and treat the causes of a disease or condition instead of the symptoms.
Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine that treats the body as a whole and helps it heal itself. There are more than 2,000 homeopathic remedies made from natural substances. They can be used to treat both acute and chronic illnesses. Homeopaths develop an individual treatment plan for each patient based on symptoms, lifestyle and heredity. Homeopathy has been practiced since the late 18th century.
Naturopathy had its beginnings in European natural healing methods in the 18th and 19th centuries. A German, Benjamin Lust, founded the American School of Naturopathy in the United States in 1902. This system of healing was popular in the 20th century before the time of antibiotics and modern medicine. Its use then declined until the 1970's when the interest in holistic health care grew. Other naturopathic medical colleges were founded, and naturopathy is now practiced in many countries.
The interest in naturopathy is increasing with the demand for alternative health care by consumers seeking more natural methods. This trend is expected to continue. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, research on naturopathic medicine is in its early stages. Many states recognize naturopathic physicians and license them.
Most naturopathic doctors are self-employed and have their own practice or work in a group practice similar to medical doctors. Their patients range from children to the elderly. They may treat both acute and chronic diseases and conditions, but their holistic approach is especially suited to chronic problems.
A naturopathic doctor may see several patients in a day. A new patient will require at least an hour's appointment. The doctor will review the patient's history, lifestyle, and symptoms. Then the doctor will examine the patient and possibly order laboratory tests. The doctor will decide on a course of treatment based on his findings. He may recommend changes in diet, the addition of vitamins and minerals, herbal medicine, specific types of exercise, and he may perform manipulation or water therapy. Since naturopaths consider patient education very important, he will be sure to explain his recommendations and treatments thoroughly. Finally, he will set the next appointment with the patient. It is very rewarding to help people gain control over their health and wellness.
"The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." - Thomas Edison
A bachelor's degree is required for admission to the naturopathic medical schools accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. These are 4-year programs that include science courses, naturopathic therapies and techniques, diagnostic techniques and tests, and clinical training. Graduates earn the degree of N.D., Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.
Good social and communication skills and the desire to help people are necessary to succeed in this profession.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine website
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians website
University of Maryland Medical Center website
Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians website