Naturopathy, frequently called naturopathic medicine, is a system of treatment and healthcare that supports the body’s innate ability to heal itself through nutrition, exercise and life-style advice. It is a holistic system which believes that good health is not the same as the absence of disease and that promoting a general state of wellbeing through dietary principles, lifestyle, exercise and other techniques is an effective way to manage our physiological systems. Naturopathy may be beneficial for a wide range of acute or chronic conditions as well as a general practice for living well. It draws on a wide range of therapeutic disciplines – known as “modalities” – and may help to avoid surgery and excessive medication. A naturopath will instead use gentle techniques to seek to bring a patient back to his or her state of health.
What does a Naturopath do?
A Naturopath is a health practitioner who applies natural therapies. Her/his spectrum comprises far more than fasting, nutrition, and exercise; it includes approved natural healing practices such as relaxation therapy, and sleep hygiene, as well as the use of modern methods like western medical acupuncture, and hydrotherapy. At a time when modern technology, environmental pollution, poor diet, and stress play a significant role in the degradation of health, a Naturopath’s ability to apply natural methods of healing is of considerable importance. Providing personalised care to each patient, the naturopath sees humankind as a holistic unity of body, mind, and spirit.
What does a treatment consist of?
An initial consultation with a Naturopath normally takes about an hour. During this time the Naturopath will ask questions about the person’s condition, medical history, diet and lifestyle, and any conventional treatments that they may be taking. The consulting Naturopath may then use different physical examinations, dietary analysis or blood tests to get a better picture of the complete health state. Once all of the information is gathered, a treatment plan is formulated that addresses all areas of the person’s life, providing the body with the optimum chance to heal itself. A Naturopath may also refer the patient to other practitioners as part of an integrated health care approach.