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What is Naturopathy?
This is a combination of traditional and natural forms of medicine with modern scientific knowledge. Naturopathy is based around the healing power of nature and how it can support and stimulate our body’s natural ability to heal itself.
It uses natural therapies including dietetics, herbal medicine, hydrotherapy, clinical nutrition, extensive blood tests, homoeopathy, naturopathic manipulation, fasting, exercise, detoxification, talking therapy, environmental assessment and adjustment, health promotion and disease prevention. The application of art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of health disorders.
What do naturopaths do?
Naturopathic health practitioners (naturopaths) believe that every individual is unique, and people are genetically, biochemically, structurally, and emotionally different from one another. Each person responds in a unique way to their environmental influences whether that be mental/emotional, structural, nutritional, social, or cultural.
Using a range of alternative methods for diagnosis, a naturopath can often successfully pinpoint a predisposition in the body before the onset of acute disease and treat the patient with specific therapies and changes in the patient’s lifestyle. Naturopaths can help guide you towards changes you may need to make you achieve optimum health.
What are the benefits of naturopathy?
This approach to healthcare is known for promoting and maintaining your body’s health, there are many ways naturopathy can benefit you. These include:
- Preventing disease. This is often through a combination of nutritional guidance, to help maintain or achieve a healthier body and boost your immune system.
- Aiding or treating common ailments. These can include helping with digestive issues, headaches, allergies, and common skin conditions, hormonal imbalances, and many other long-term conditions.
- Improving sleep. Herbal treatments frequently offered through naturopathy in addition to clinical nutrition can help to create better quality sleep hygiene.
- Increased self-awareness. Guiding patients to connect with their inner self, through naturopathy. This will result in better understanding of your body and what it needs. Through learning to understand what your body is trying to highlight to you with a variety of different symptoms or issues, you can begin listening to what it’s telling you.
What are the naturopathic principles?
The system of naturopathy is described by six core principles.
- The healing power of nature. This highlights that we should recognise, respect, and promote our body’s healing power and self-correcting mechanisms. We should avoid any treatments which might contradict this by working against them.
- Identify and treat the cause. It is important that the underlying cause, whether physical or emotional, is identified and removed as opposed to just simply suppressing the symptoms.
- Do no harm. A naturopath will provide the most effective health care system with the least risk to the patient. They will never use treatments that may create other conditions.
- Treat the whole person. Every aspect of a person’s being must be taken into consideration when preparing a treatment plan. This includes the physical, mental, and emotional aspects, as well as cellular functions.
- The physician as teacher. A naturopath must encourage their patient to gain control and take responsibility for their own health by teaching them self-care methods.
- Prevention is better than cure. A naturopath will work with you to hopefully not only rid you of your current ailment but also to remove any toxic substances and situations to prevent the onset of further disease in the future.