What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a form of complimentary medicine which honours the body’s innate wisdom and ability to heal. Naturopaths aim to treat the whole person individually and educate and empower you to take responsibility for your own health. The emphasis is on using evidence-based and traditional natural substances such as food, herbs and nutritional supplements to create balance, promote wellness and prevent chronic dis-eases. Everyone can benefit from seeing a Naturopath!
Naturopathy is guided by six foundational principles, including:
- The healing power of nature
- First do no harm
- Find and treat the cause, not only the symptom
- Always treat the whole person, not only their disease
Early Detection & Prevention Of Health Issues
Naturopathy has a strong focus on the prevention of health issues and the early detection of a person’s likelihood of developing a health disorder (predisposition). Naturopathy is also very effective at treating acute and chronic health issues.
Naturopathy aims to:
- Minimise symptoms
- Support the body’s vital force (its capacity to self-heal)
- Re-balance the system so that illness is less likely to occur in the future
- Educate the patient to look after their own health and the health of their family
What Can Naturopathy Help With?
The range of disorders commonly treated by naturopaths includes:
- Allergies and sensitivities
- Behavioural problems
- Cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) problems
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Digestive complaints
- Endocrine disturbance
- Fertility problems
- High blood pressure
- Hormonal imbalances, such as premenstrual tension and menopause
- Mood disorders and depression
- Musculoskeletal complaints such as arthritis
- And much more…
What To Expect
A well-trained naturopath will want to know about your diet, lifestyle, family background and environment, as well as the history of your illness or complaint. This information is important so that the naturopath can discover the cause of the illness. You are treated as a whole person.
As well as taking a detailed health history, the naturopath may use other diagnostic techniques, such as:
- Blood analysis
- Functional testing.
- Hair analysis
- Iris analysis
- Stool and urine analysis
A naturopath employs a range of non-invasive techniques and these include (but are not limited to):
- Nutrition and dietary advice – one of naturopathy’s foundations. A poor diet stops the body from functioning well and a build up of toxins can lead to a range of illnesses. Whole, fresh and unprocessed foods are recommended.
- Herbal medicine – herbs are as potent as pharmaceutical drugs and can be used to great effect.
- Homœopathy – homœopathic treatments are used to stimulate the immune system.
- Hydrotherapy (water therapy) – another foundation of naturopathy. For instance, the use of hot and cold compresses might be used for certain conditions to influence the flow of blood and body heat.
- Physical therapies – such as massage, Bowen, acupressure, bio-puncture or mechanotherapy.
- Kinesiology and integrated bio-dynamics (IBD).
- Counselling techniques – emotional problems and stress can interfere with the healing process. Counselling techniques can include stress management strategies and life coaching.