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, Colonic Irrigation, Fasting, Exercise and others, following Naturopathic principles. These principles are kept in mind when a Naturopath takes a case, develops treatment plans and offers maintenance for long term good health.
Naturopathy is based on principles and employs various therapies and diagnostic tools. As long as a therapist follows these Naturopathic Principles he can be called a Naturopathic Therapist. The Naturopathic Principles are:
1. The Healing Power of Nature
The body can heal itself, given the right condition/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 individuality 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 all times at its optimum.
The Naturopath educates his patients by bringing a better understanding of health, how to attain and maintain it and how to avoid getting sick. This way the patient can take responsibility for himself.
A Naturopath follows Naturopathic principles with the aim to get the body back to health. He always searches for the underlying cause of a disease. In order to find the correct treatment to improve a patients Vital Force, he will ask specific questions. A Homeopath’s diagnostic is to find the individual homeopathic remedy. A Naturopathic Nutritionist recommends an individual diet and possibly Supplements or Super foods. A Naturopathic Herbalist prescribes herbs(s) specific to a patients condition and a Naturopathic Acupuncturist works out an individual treatment plan for each patient.A Naturopathic Nutritionist follows Naturopathic principals knowing that every person is an individual and requires a personalized nutritional approach to health. A Naturopathic Nutritionist focus on the following:
A Naturopathic Herbalist focuses on Naturopathic principals and prescribes herbs for the individual, taking all symptoms into consideration.
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:
A Naturopathic Homeopath not only prescribes the individual single homeopathic remedy at the time, but also applies other additional Naturopathic therapies. A Naturopathic Homeopath focuses on:
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 were as good food, correctly prepared according to the constitution of a person, promotes health. A Naturopathic Chef has always in mind:
A good therapist will always use more than one diagnostic tool. It includes medical and laboratory tests. The advantage of Naturopathic Diagnostics is, that constitutional weaknesses can be seen and a link between a symptom and an underlying cause reviled.
Most common used Naturopathic diagnostic tools are: