An alternative practice aimed at balancing the body through a global approach, naturopathy is attracting more and more followers and can, under certain conditions, be covered by mutual health insurance.
What is naturopathy ?
Recognized by the World Health Organization as the third traditional medicine alongside Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, naturopathy is not an alternative medicine or even a soft medicine, but a holistic approach which aims to take into account the human being as a whole by acting on the origin of the ailments rather than on the treatment of the effects.
Naturopathy consists in bringing a global solution taking into account all aspects of the person, whether physical, energetic or psycho-emotional. She is above all a preventive medecine.
According to the definition of the French Federation of Naturopathic Schools (FENA), a reference body which brings together 8 approved schools, “naturopathy aims to preserve and optimize the overall health of the individual as well as to help the body to self-regenerate through natural means”.
In France, the naturopathy is not a medical act within the meaning of the Public Health Code and the naturopath is not not recognized as a health professional. This practitioner can be consulted in prevention in order to better adapt your lifestyle according to his needs, or in a complementary approach in the context of a disease managed by conventional medicine.
Here are some situations where consult a naturopath may be relevant:
- losing weight
- fight against allergies
- strengthen your immune system
- fight against osteoarthritis
- help quit smoking
- improve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
Naturopathy is not able to treat disease or symptoms like conventional allopathic medicine. The role of the naturopath is to accompany the suffering person in a integrated health approach.
Are sessions with the naturopath reimbursed?
Several techniques and approaches can be used in naturopathy, in particular:
- phytotherapy or herbalism
- the young
- colon hydrotherapy.
All these disciplines are not subject to‘none social security reimbursement, nor even the consultation of a naturopath in first intention. But alternative or natural practices can be reimbursed by complementary health insurance under the alternative medicine reimbursement.
Naturopathic consultations are usually expensive between 70 and 100€ for the first and up to 60€ for the following ones. The possible reimbursement by the mutual health is most often partielbased on a fee per session with a cap on the number of sessions per year or an annual sum.
If you want to benefit from a significant reimbursement of your expenses in naturopathy, put the offers in competition thanks to a health mutual comparator. The naturopathy is rarely isolated by mutuals as a type of care, it is most often associated with other alternative medicines (sophrology, reflexology, acupuncture, osteopathy, etc.) in the dedicated package. Beyond the alternative medicine aspect, change health insurance preserves its purchasing power in 2022.
Beware of naturopathy!
Quite recently, naturopathy has been the subject of a heated controversy. Following several reports by Internet users, 17 naturopaths were banned from the Doctolib platform. At the origin of this scandal, Irène Grosjean, 92, self-proclaimed doctor of naturopathy. Openly hostile to drugs and vaccines of which the Covid vaccine, she asserts that all illnesses can be cured by diet and alternative practices. She is also known to encourage parents to manipulate their children’s genitals to bring down fever, a method that is illegal to say the least.
Naturopathy is not intended to replace allopathic medicine. It can only be used by an integrative approach, where certified allopaths and naturopaths work together to maintain sustainable health for all.