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 21.01.2020

#Nabomed news - One step ahead in health matters

About the integration of conventional and alternative medicine into the foundations of research and teaching

This month, Naturheilzentrum Bottrop will give you an additional look behind the scenes. In the latest YouTube video by the institute managers and lifestyle vloggers, Farid Zitoun and Christian Rüger, viewers will gain another insight that extends beyond the daily commitments at the naturopathic practice and the hard work that goes on behind the camera for each of the videos.

The work at the naturopathic practice itself also consists of many more aspects than there often appear to be from the outside. One important point, among others, is the continuous research, development and further education, which enables the naturopaths at NABO (short for ‘Naturheilzentrum Bottrop’) to always provide their patients with the highest possible level of competency.

#Nabomed acupuncture techniques - passing on knowledge for the benefit of patients

One of the flagships of Naturheilzentrum Bottrop in the field of alternative-medical research is, among other things, the nabomed acupuncture system. It is based on various microsystems from the most effective acupuncture techniques and expands upon them in a well-founded way. Farid Zitoun who, together with Christian Rüger, played a significant role in the development of eye acupuncture 25 years ago and is thus also a pioneer in this field, sees an important responsibility in his research work:

"My colleague Christian Rüger and I started to break new ground in the field of acupuncture back in 1997, combining various systems from Japan, China and Korea, among others. This step certainly contributed toward the polarization of our work and led to disputes at one point or another. Ultimately, however, only the results count. We communicate and share our knowledge with doctors and naturopaths in many workshops, further education classes, and training sessions for the benefit of as many People as possible."

Knowledge acupuncture nabomed

The further training of alternative-medicine practitioners takes place both at home and abroad and is usually booked out many months in advance. In addition, visiting naturopaths or doctors also train in the art of #nabomed eye acupuncture, among other subjects, at NABO itself.

Integrating naturopathy into conventional medicine - further education makes it possible

Even away from their own research, the team at Naturheilzentrum Bottrop is always up-to-date with teaching in respect of health matters, thanks to various training measures. In particular, the symbiosis of conventional medicine and naturopathy is seen at NABO as an important factor in the success of a treatment– a view which is now shared by renowned organizations such as the Professional Association of German Internists (https://www.internisten-im-netz.de/fachgebiete/komplementaermedizin/naturheilkunde-schulmedizin.html). The World Health Organization (WHO) is also working on concepts to integrate naturopathy and conventional medicine for better patient care.

Naturopathy education & further training

"While a doctor does not necessarily need to know anything about naturopathy, we - as naturopaths - are required to not only be informed about naturopathy, but also to be fully informed about conventional medical know-how or, to put it simply: to be very clued up," says Zitoun. "The integrative approach of complementary medicine makes it absolutely essential to be informed about the latest developments in all areas of medicine and to incorporate them into our decisions. Behind the concept is the idea that the holistic approach of integrative medicine will identify treatment pathways that cannot be traversed by alternative medicine or conventional medicine alone."

About the exchange of specialist information for optimal therapy and better patient care

Another pillar on which the naturopaths at the naturopathic practice rely is the exchange of information with colleagues from the fields of naturopathy and conventional medicine. The fact that further research projects can also arise from such exchanges has been demonstrated, e.g., by a collaboration in the context of practice-related work with the University of Applied Sciences in Münster, where a certification in quality management is accompanied by student placements at the naturopathic practice.

For further training as well as the interaction between naturopathy and conventional medicine

For Farid Zitoun, a direct exchange is one of the best ways to share knowledge and provide better service for the patient: "The most instructive information can often be drawn from conferences, meetings or in direct conversation with colleagues. Only through an active exchange of knowledge, can we ensure that we treat patients optimally in accordance with the most up-to-date information. Nothing less than that should, can, and will do."

In his latest blog post, Farid Zitoun gives further insights into the work of a naturopath behind the scenes of the NABO. The Naturheilzentrum Bottrop Tumblr blog also describes the special mindset of the facility in more detail – "Sharing is Caring".

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*important note: till now, the statements met here concerning the effect and the interdependencies of the therapies and means are not accepted generally among scientific experts,particularly the orthodox medicine.

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