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- Naturopathy only for healthy people?
Naturopathy only for healthy people?
Even people affected by a pathology have healthy parts and mechanisms, therefore naturopathy has an intervention space that does not hinder, and indeed could facilitate, medical treatment. The naturopath helps all the people who turn to him to participate in their own life, in whatever state of health they are, acting on four principles: acceptance, understanding, motivation and trust. Accepting your condition is the first step in taking an active role in changing it. Understanding your condition can be an opportunity for growth, even if painful, and also eliminates those resistances that make the healing process more difficult: understanding means not rejecting anything of oneself. After accepting and understanding it is important that people have a reason to heal: this motivation, be it having someone at home waiting for us, a project, a dream to be realized, a vegetable garden to be watered to give its fruit or whatever, it will be a tremendous boost to healing.
Finally, the last principle concerns the trust in one's own possibilities and in the competence of the doctors and nurses who take care of us, an element that improves the therapeutic alliance necessary for a good result: adhering with participation and trust to the prescriptions and indications of the doctor makes us to feel complicit in the project that concerns us.
All this improves the placebo effect (Placebo Domino in the vivorum region, Psalm 114, Jeremiah, "I will be pleasing to God in the world of the living"). This effect is often presented as evidence of ineffectiveness of a drug or other treatment, but in reality it constitutes a great resource of the mind which, satisfied in its requests, manages to establish self-healing mechanisms and eliminates resistance to therapies; in the same way it could establish mechanisms such as to make us "unwelcome to God in the world of the living", and therefore generate the so-called dysplastic effect with refusal, incomprehension, demotivation and doubt towards the proposed therapies. The dysplacean effect is as powerful as the placebo effect.
Acceptance, understanding, motivation and trust are part of the result that the naturopath, with his knowledge, seeks together with the person who turned to him: a sick person who has this path in his baggage, has more chances on the path to recovery . A discipline such as naturopathy, ancient and new, philosophical and scientific, material and spiritual, can represent a very effective tool if it is experienced as an expansion of health skills.
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