WHAT IS NATUROPATHY
Naturopathy is a natural approach to health and wellbeing. Each consultation is focused on understanding what makes you unique and providing actionable advice that works with your lifestyle.
PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHY
First, do no harm – Naturopathic medicine uses therapies that are safe and effective. The manifestations of symptoms is part of the body’s healing process. Any therapy that interferes with this natural healing process or is masking or merely addressing symptoms is considered suppressive and should be avoided (primum non nocere).
The healing power of nature – The healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae) has two aspects:
Firstly, that the body has the ability to heal itself and it is the naturopathic doctor’s role to facilitate this natural process. Secondly, that nature heals. Following this principle includes getting enough sleep, exercising, feeding the body nutritious food and, if needed, additional earth food, such as herbs, which are living organisms themselves.
Discover and treat the cause, not just the effect – Symptoms are expressions of the body’s natural attempt to heal. The underlying root causes of disease must be removed for complete healing to take place (tolle causam). These root causes can exist at many levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It is the naturopath’s role to identify this root cause, in addition to alleviate suffering by treating symptoms.
Treat the whole person – Another core principle of naturopathy is the belief that health must go beyond the treatment of immediate symptoms (as often with modern medicine), and instead treat the entire person’s well-being. This means treating the entire body, as well as the spirit/soul and mind. This approach is usually called the holistic or holistic method.
The naturopath is a teacher – My role is to educate and empower you to take responsibility for your health. A healthy cooperative relationship is essential to healing.
Prevention is the best ‘cure’ – I assess your risk factors and intervene appropriately to prevent illness. The ultimate goal of the naturopathic physician is prevention. The emphasis is on building health, not fighting illness. This is done by fostering healthy lifestyles, healthy beliefs and healthy relationships.
We call it real life support.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A naturopathic consultation gives you the opportunity to discuss all of your health concerns in a private, comfortable consultation room. This type of detailed and comprehensive consultation is what allows us as naturopaths to provide the complete care that you deserve. The practitioner is then able to extract information about your health that are often forgotten, gone unnoticed, or misinterpreted, in order to identify the root cause of your problem. A number of physical examinations (including, blood pressure reading, tongue analysis and zinc testing) are also utilized to further assist determining the underlying causes of illness.
Based on the findings, you will then receive a detailed treatment plan which is tailored specifically to your needs. Not one treatment plan is made the same. Naturopathic medicine appreciates that you are an individual, and therefore requires a unique approach to improve your health.