Survey: Many people rely on naturopathy


Many people trust naturopathy: According to a non-representative survey of the internet portal for naturopathy "Heilpraxisnet.de" slightly more than half of the visitors rely exclusively on naturopathy.

From the beginning of 2010 to the end of March 2010, Heilpraxisnet.de asked to express what visitors think of naturopathy. There were three predefined answer options, whether someone relies exclusively on naturopathy, views them as a supplement or relies only on conventional medicine. Only one vote could be cast at a time.

The majority of the votes gave his vote for the answer "I only rely on naturopathy". Of a total of 921 votes cast in the survey, this was 50.2 percent with 462. In second place was the answer "I see naturopathy as a supplement" with 372 votes, or 40.4 percent. The fact that the majority of people who are open to this concept can of course be found as visitors on a naturopathic site was demonstrated by the lowest result of the answer option "I only believe in conventional medicine" with 9.4 percent and thus 87 votes.

The background to the result could be that many Germans in Germany perceive health care as inadequate and thus turn away from conventional medicine. The 2010 Barmer GEK medical report recently stated that a doctor in Germany has an average of eight minutes per patient in 45 patients per day. The Germans go to the doctor an average of 18.1 times a year. Even in a Europe-wide comparison, that's a lot.

The short treatment times are often offset by long waiting times. Furthermore, conventional medicine has focused very much on the diagnosis of structural damage. Since many people find no structural causes or starting points despite complaints, we believe that naturopathic procedures with a functional approach can score points here.

Alternative practitioner Thorsten Fischer, one of the participants in the project, sees even more factors for this development:
"It is not clear to many people working in the medical industry that our learned anatomical, physiological and pathological knowledge is only a model. It is an attempt to explain reality, but not reality itself. We try to do this in dialogue with patients, to take the mutual communication into account. " (Sb, April 14, 2010)

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