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Using an integrative approach, a Wellness Practitioner uses personal coaching practices paired with holistic and specialty skills to help patients embrace health on a whole-body level. This includes working towards the balance of mind-body wellness and aiding people in achieving optimum health and disease prevention to enhance quality of living.
Often partnering with Western medical practices, Wellness Practitioners also utilize centuries-old, ancient healing methods that include herbal medicine, Ayurveda (Sanskrit for “science of life”), as well as acupuncture.
Fields of study for a Wellness Practitioner often include, but are not limited to the following:
Holistic: approach to healing and maintaining optimal health through treatment of a person as a whole; this includes mental, social, and physical symptoms that can create an imbalance within an individual
Naturopathic: Taking a natural approach to prevention and health and partnering it with modern, traditional, scientific, and practical methodologies. The use of therapeutic substances and methods boost the person’s natural self-healing process. These can include homeopathy, acupuncture, herbs, vitamins, patient education, nutrition/diet, and lifestyle coaching, among others.
Homeopathy: For people of all ages (and even pets), homeopathy is a natural, gentle, and safe approach to healing the body; it works to ease symptoms, restore, and improve whole-body health.
Learn more about homeopathic approaches: HomeopathyCenter.Org
Whole Food: food that is additive free and contains no other artificial substances; minimally refined or processed
Organic: Ingredients and produce are grown without the use of methods involving pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), ionizing radiation, or sewage sludge. Additionally, farm animals producing meat, dairy, and eggs do not ingest growth hormones or antibiotics. Farmers that focus on using renewable resources, as well as water and soil conservation typically offer these products. A Government-approved certifier inspects “USDA Certified Organic” farms to ensure the rules and regulations are being met by purveyors.
Visit Organic.org for more information about organic products.
Visit USDA’s National Organic Program for more info about government regulatory programs.
For a more complete definition of Naturopathic Medicine visit: The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians