Naturopathy as practised in Germany aims to do without chemical pharmaceuticals as far as possible, using natural remedies and therapies to support the body’s powers of self-healing. Methods of treatment are extremely diverse – the patient’s condition and particular illness will determine whether and which naturopathy treatment is appropriate. It is crucial for the patient to play a conscious and active part in the healing process.
Light, fresh air, exercise, rest, diet, breathing and emotions play an especially important role in healing. Classic fields of naturopathy include herbal medicine, hydrotherapy, exercise therapy, nutrition therapy and regulative therapy. In a wider sense, naturopathy also encompasses homoeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic medicine.
Naturopaths are often doctors who have completed their specialist medical training and then undergo extensive further training to receive an official additional qualification in naturopathy from the German Medical Association. In Germany, one can also become a state-recognized alternative practitioner who does not have to be a licensed doctor but has taken a state examination following several years of training.