DEPARTMENT OF DIAGNOSTIC METHODS
An important aspect of naturopathic clinical practice is the use of diagnostic techniques to ascertain the patient’s state of health or disease. Naturopathy makes use of orthodox medical diagnostic techniques involving pathology testing and clinical examination, but also uses a combination of several other modalities such as a broader physical examination to incorporate traditional theories, dietary assessment and other pathology testing techniques not currently endorsed by mainstream medicine. The diagnostic process should flow from an extensive case history and physical examination to a differential diagnosis that lists possible alternatives for the presentations within the patient. An awareness of different types of pathology that may lead to particular signs and symptoms will assist the naturopath to narrow down the list of possibilities and select the most likely hypothesis. In general, the system of Naturopathy uses three major tools for diagnosing a disease; facial diagnosis, iris diagnosis and modern diagnostic techniques.
Facial diagnosis is a science formulated by Louis Kuhne to diagnose the internal conditions of the body by observing its external appearance. Although the science of facial expression concerns itself with the whole organism, the face is the most readily examined part, not only for mental but also for internal physical process reflection. The normal figure and functioning of body is described based on form, color and mobility and the abnormal or diseased body will have variations in them.
The department involves itself in scientific and evidence based learning for various academic and clinical purposes through the Department of naturopathy diagnostic methods. It looks after all the projects/seminars undertaken by under graduate students of the college. The Dept. as a major highlight has an Iridology Camera with pro-iris software and is being used by the aforementioned staff and students for different studies on iridology assessing the efficacy of certain Naturopathic and Yogic treatment therapies. It is a drugless therapeutic approach which is evidence based and a promise of good health.
Modern Diagnostic Techniques
It involves Physical Examination, Anthropometric data, Body signs and symptoms, Dietary Assessment and Pathology testing. Naturopathic physical examination should be systematic and precisely recorded, while relating particular signs to standardised definitions. Assessment of a patient begins as soon as the consultation starts. A person’s disposition, facial complexion and expression, body size and shape, mobility, gait and posture, as well as the way they conduct or hold themselves, may provide important clues in relation to their mental and physical states.