What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy evolved out of the ancient healing traditions of Europe, with its roots firmly grounded in early Greek medical philosophy. Naturopathy is increasingly being recognised by mainstream medicine as a valuable and effective system for treating a variety of disorders.
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, Education, Prevention.
What are the advantages of Naturopathy?
- 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 can minimise symptoms, support the body’s vital force, re-balance the system so that illness is less likely to occur in the future
How dose Naturopathy work?
Your body regulates itself to maintain healthy limits. The process of maintaining this healthy internal balance is called homeostasis. Naturopaths believe that illness is more likely to occur if the body is not in a state of homeostasis. Naturopathy maintains that the body can heal itself if it is given the right circumstances and conditions.
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
- Homeopathy – homeopathic 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.
- Special considerations
Fasting is sometimes recommended. Make sure you are in the hands of a qualified and reputable naturopath before you start a fast.
What can Naturopathy treat?
The range of disorders commonly treated by naturopaths includes:
- Digestive complaints
- Mood disorders and depression
- Allergies and sensitivities
- Behavioural problems
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Musculoskeletal complaints such as arthritis
- Cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) problems
- High blood pressure
- Fertility problems
- Endocrine disturbance
- Hormonal imbalances, such as premenstrual tension and menopause.