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What is Naturopathy and who can benefit?

What is Naturopathy and who can benefit?

by Ms Melanie White 17/10/2018

Naturopathy is based on 6 main principles:

  1. Vis Medicatrix Naturae:

The healing power of nature, avoiding the use of chemicals, and involves inherent and gentle self-healing, removing obstacles to health and healing.

  1. Tolle Causam:

Identify and treat the cause which involves identifying and removing underlying causes rather than eliminating or suppressing symptoms.

  1. Primum Non Nocere

First do no harm which involves using therapies, minimising the risk of harmful side effects and avoiding suppression of symptoms.

  1. “Doctor as a teacher”:

Involves educating and encouraging clients to take responsibility in their process to better health.

  1. Treat the whole person:

Involves looking at spiritual, physical, emotional environmental, social and genetic factors.

  1. Prevention:

Involves prevention of disease, looking at risk factors to disease instead of focusing on cure alone.

Simplified, the body has an innate ability to heal itself when the right environment is provided, free of toxins, stress and full of nutrition and exercise to support the body. Naturopathy aims to identify and treat the cause of symptoms which are the “dis-ease”.
Western diagnostic tools are used as well as western herbs, flower essences, supplementation, and nutritional medicine and counselling. Medications however at times can be used in combination with natural therapy approaches. People of all ages who have long term or short-term health issues and not found success often turn to natural therapies.

The use of herbal medicine today is based on a long-standing history of traditional uses, knowledge, practices and theories from a variety of different cultures to improve and maintain health. For example, ginkgo biloba, a herb used to treat blood and memory disorders, has been around since the 1500 BC found in Egyptian medical documents. Herbal medicines can be prescribed alone or alongside other natural therapies as well as drugs dependant on drug-herb interactions. Herbal medicine can be taken in the form of a liquid herbal tincture, capsules, syrup, tea, ointments and rubs.