What is naturopathy?
Naturopathic medicine includes the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, as well as the promotion of health. Naturopathy is not a single modality-treatment, but draws upon many natural healing interventions and diagnostic techniques.
One key to holistic wellness is minimal medical invasiveness. Naturopathy emphasizes the adage “do no harm”, by stressing the use of interventions that are largely free of side effects rather than pharmaceutical medicines and surgery. Naturopathy is one of the oldest forms of medicine known to human-kind, tracing its roots to the healing techniques of ancient China, India and Greece, and to the Native American cultures. It weaves these healing traditions together with modern scientific principles and technology.
Modern naturopathy is founded on six basic principles
- Nature has the power to heal – It is the naturopath’s role to support the self-healing process by removing obstacles to health.
- Treat the whole person – Disease rarely has a single cause, so every aspect of the patient must be brought into harmonious balance.
- First, do no harm – A naturopath should utilise methods and substances that are as nontoxic and noninvasive as possible
- Identify and treat the causes – Rather than suppress symptoms, the naturopath should treat the underlying cause of the disease
- Prevention is as important as cure – A naturopath should help create health, as well as cure disease.
- Doctors should be teachers – “Doctor” originally meant “teacher”. Part of the naturopath’s task is to educate the patient and encourage self-responsibility.
Treatment methods of naturopathy
- Clinical nutrition – Therapeutic use of nutrition and diet is the cornerstone of naturopathic medicine. Naturopaths make dietary recommendations and suggest nutritional supplements, including herbs, vitamins and minerals. At Your Wellness Centre we use only the highest quality practitioner products so you can be confident that they are not only effective but have undergone stringent testing to ensure they are pure and ethical.
- Physical medicine – Naturopaths often use hydrotherapy, exercise, massage, naturopathic manipulation techniques (which are somewhat similar to chiropractic), immobilization, ultrasound, heat therapy, electrical stimulation and even light therapy.
- Homeopathy – This is a frequent area of specialisation among naturopathic practitioners and is a healing system that stimulates the body’s own natural force. It uses extremely dilute preparations of natural substances to stimulate the body’s natural self healing mechanisms.
- Herbal Medicine – Naturopathic physicians are trained herbalists.
- Counselling and psychotherapy – Naturopaths are trained in counselling, psychotherapy, behavioral medicine, stress management, and biofeedback.