Naturopaths believe that the body has the power to heal itself, and that illness can be treated without using drugs or surgery. They look at the body as a whole when prescribing treatment to their patients, taking into account their general health, diet, psychological condition and lifestyle.
You could be:
asking the patient about their state of health, medical history and diet and lifestyle
doing an examination, which may involve carrying out tests such as saliva hormone levels and examining the iris (iridology)
looking to see if superficial symptoms may be hiding more serious medical conditions
using a variety of treatments over a number of sessions, including exercise and relaxation, manipulation, massage, hydrotherapy, phytotherapy, acupuncture, detoxification, electrotherapy, osteopathy and homeopathic and herbal medicines
giving advice on diet and lifestyle
using counselling and other techniques to help your client deal with the possible psychological causes for the physical condition
teaching your patient to adopt a positive mental attitude, and about self-care for better health
advising your patient to see a doctor or other therapist
keeping records of patients and their progress.
Most naturopaths are self-employed or work on a freelance basis so their earnings will vary. They normally charge a sessional rate of £50 up to £80 for each initial one-hour session and up to £45 to £55 for half-hour follow-up session. Naturopaths who have established a successful reputation sometimes charge more.
You work in a consulting room in a clinic.
You might work from your own home.
You may visit patients in their homes, so you might have to travel.
Working hours vary and you may have to work evenings or weekends, especially as you build up your patient base.