Naturopathy is both strong and gentle. It stimulates the body to heal itself. If someone has a short-term illness like a cold or flu, she/he can expect to start to feel better anywhere from 15 minutes to 48 hours. For long-term concerns, it's understandably a longer process. In general, the longer someone has been sick, the longer it will take to reverse the disease. However, people should expect to make noticeable progress in the short-term as well. Naturopathic medicine is a partnership between the naturopath and the client. The more steps clients are willing to take on their own, the steadier the recovery.