Naturopathic medicine celebrates the innate healing power of the body. It is as old as healing itself and as new as today’s medical breakthroughs. It is a dynamic philosophy as well as a profession that recognizes the interconnection and interdependence of all living things. It utilizes the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies to treat illness and to promote wellness by viewing the body as an integrated whole. Naturopathic medicine is defined by principles rather than by methods or modalities. Above all, it honours the body’s innate wisdom to heal.
What is a Naturopath?
A Naturopath is a health practitioner who applies natural therapies. Her/his spectrum comprises, nutrition, hydration, exercise, detoxification; it includes approved natural healing practices such as Herbal Medicine, Reflexology and Massage Therapy, as well as the use of modern methods like IgG food sensitivity testing and other laboratory tests. Providing personalised care to each patient, the naturopath sees health as a holistic unity of body, mind, and spirit. Using a range of alternative methods of diagnosis, a Naturopath can often successfully pin-point 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.
There are six fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine:
The Healing Power of Nature
Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
Identify and Treat the Causes
Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
First Do No Harm
Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
Treat the Whole Person
View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions. You treat the person not the disease.
Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.