What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy (“natu-rop-athy”) is a combination of holistic healing modalities, including herbal and nutritional medicine, that integrates traditional and modern scientific knowledge to assist the body’s own natural healing functions, to come back into balance and health, throughout the entire being, mind, body and spirit.
The basis of Naturopathy is to use natural remedies, with a focus on enhancing general vitality, digestion, elimination and detoxification functions of the body, so that it can heal itself and return to harmony.
Naturopathy follows the following natural medicine principles:
1. First Do No Harm
Despite popular belief that natural medicines are safe, there is the potential to interact with medications, flare allergies, cause issues with existing health conditions, reduce lactation and unfavourably affect pregnancy, when used inappropriately. This is something Naturopathy wants to avoid and will always gather enough information to make an informed choice of the natural medicines and the individual, to avoid harm.
2. Treat the Whole Person
This is the basis for holistic healing. Looking at all possible reasons for the health issue including environmental, social, mental and spiritual, in order to give the best advice possible. Treating the individual is also important, being that every individual is different. The reasons, symptoms and presentation of disease can be different and therefore the medicine may be unique also.
3. The Healing Power of Nature
Utilizing natural medicines that “speak” to the human body and allow the body to heal itself. The body knows how to heal itself. Giving the body what it needs in the form of good nutrition, fresh air, exercise and proper elimination, is important in the healing and prevention of disease.
4. Identify and Treat the Cause
Rather than a band-aid approach where symptoms are covered up and forgotten about, Naturopathy aims to find the cause of the problem and addresses that along with any uncomfortable symptoms in the meantime.
5. Doctor as Teacher
This is empowering the sick with knowledge, so that they can understand what is happening to them, what the best treatment is, and how to keep themselves well afterwards. This is a focus of Generating Health this year, to produce more general educational information for better public health.
6. Prevention is Better than Cure
I’m sure most can agree, it’s much nicer to be well than sick. When we are well, we are more likely to be active and happy. This is a much better place to support the body to keep well whenever possible.
In summary, Naturopathy is a holistic healing term, which combines a number of natural methods, in order to bring the body back to health and harmony.
If you have any questions about the above, please contact me.
Published 9th March 2020