What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a system of health care which promotes the body’s own self-healing mechanism. It uses natural therapies such as Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Hydrotherapy, Physical manipulations, Hydrotherapy, Fasting, Exercise and other modalities, in accordance with Naturopathic Principles. These principles are kept in mind when a Naturopath takes a case, develops and offers treatment plans and maintenance support for long-term good health.
Principles of Naturopathy
Naturopathy employs various therapies and diagnostic tools and is based on the following Naturopathic Principles. A practitioner who follows and practises these principles can be called a Naturopathic Therapist, or simply a Naturopath. The Naturopathic Principles are:
1. The Healing Power of Nature
The body can heal itself, given the right condition and treatment. There is a ‘Vital Force’ which is stimulated to promote health.
2. Treat the Cause, not a symptom
Identify the underlying cause of illness rather than eliminating (suppressing) symptoms.
3. Treat the Whole Person
Recognise a patient’s uniqueness by taking into account individual physical, mental, genetic, environmental, social and other factors.
4. Prevention is preferable to cure
Prevention is preferable to cure in order to keep the Vital Force at its optimum at all times.
Naturopaths educate their patients by bringing a better understanding of health, how to maintain it and how to avoid getting sick. This way patients can take responsibility for themselves.
By asking specific questions, Naturopaths aim to identify the underlying cause/s of dis-ease and, employing Naturopathic Principles, find the correct treatment to improve a patient’s Vital Force and support the return to better health. For example, a Naturopathic Nutritionist may recommend a tailored diet regime and possibly Supplements or Superfoods, knowing that every person is an individual and requires a personalised nutritional approach to health; a Homeopath’s investigative approach includes finding the homeopathic regime which matches the patient presenting picture. A Naturopathic Herbalist prescribes herbal preparations specific to a patient’s condition; and a Naturopathic Acupuncturist works out an individual treatment plan for each patient after taking a pulse and tongue assessment.
A good naturopathic therapist may use more than one diagnostic approach which may include medical and laboratory tests. The advantage of Naturopathic Diagnostics is that constitutional weaknesses can be identified and a link between a symptom and an underlying cause revealed.
The most commonly used Naturopathic diagnostic tools are:
- TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine (pulse, face, tongue)
- Reflex zones of the body (feet, hands, ears, back)
- Iridology (the assessment of the iris, the coloured part of the eye)
- Kinesiology (Muscle Testing) and Bioresonance
A Naturopathic Nutritionist focuses on the following:
- Use of whole and organic food as medicine
- The importance of detoxification and cleansing
- Assessment of the constitution of a patient (TCM /Ayurveda)
- Applying additional Naturopathic therapies such as First Aid Homeopathy, Bach Flowers, Tissue Salts, Iridology and Herbs
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A Naturopathic Herbalist focuses on Naturopathic Principles and, taking all symptoms into consideration, offers tailor-made herbal preparations.
- The use of whole/organic herbs wherever possible
- Treating the whole person not a symptom
- Using herbs according to the constitution of a patient (TCM, Ayurveda)
- Applying additional Naturopathic therapies such as Nutrition, First Aid Homeopathy, Bach Flowers, Tissue Salts and Iridology
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A Naturopathic Acupuncturist follows Naturopathic Principles looking at the whole person when treating a patient, knowing that a symptom is not the disease. A Naturopathic Acupuncturist focuses on:
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture
- Treating the whole person, not a symptom
- Applying additional Naturopathic therapies such as Nutrition, First Aid Homeopathy, Bach Flowers, Tissue Salts, Iridology and Herbs
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A Naturopathic Homeopath not only prescribes the individual homeopathic remedy at the time, but also applies other additional Naturopathic therapies. A Naturopathic Homeopath focuses on:
- Using the individual homeopathic remedy
- Treating the whole person, not a symptom
- Applying additional Naturopathic therapies such as Nutrition, Bach Flowers, Tissue Salts, Herbs, Iridology and Traditional Chinese Medicine Diagnostics
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The Natural Chef is aware of what Hippocrates said in 460 BC: “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”. Junk Food does damage health whereas good food, correctly prepared according to the constitution of a person, promotes health. A Naturopathic Chef has always in mind:
- The Nutritional value of fresh whole/organic food, minimally processed and procured in season
- No single dietary regime is appropriate for everyone
- Individualised food can enhance health
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A Health Coach helps people gain knowledge, skills, tools and confidence, helping them to reach their health goals so they can take responsibility of their diet and lifestyle. A Health Coach focuses on:
- Working with the client to make realistic health goals
- Looking at potential underlying issues, and referring to other practitioners when needed
- Motivating and coaching clients to achieve long-term changes.
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