Naturopathy uses treatments like
nutrition, dietetics, herbal medicine, homoeopathy and massage to help
the body heal itself. Disorders commonly treated by naturopaths include fatigue,
digestive complaints, mood disorders and depression, allergy and
sensitivities, chronic fatigue syndrome, ADD/ ADHD, fertility problems,
premenstrual tension and menopause.
Originating in Germany, the medicine of naturopathy has been recognised since the 19
Century. However, Hippocrates himself, known as the father of modern
medicine and living over 2000 years ago, treated his patients using
similar principles still practised by naturopaths today. Despite
claims that naturopathy has no scientific research to back it up,
historical evidence shows that the healing power of nature has kept
people well for centuries. We are of this earth. Using products of this
earth is making sense to more and more people in the Western World
today. Traditional cultures such as the Tibetans and Chinese have
continued to use natural medicine to keep their populations well, and
they have some of the longest living people in the world today. So
maybe it’s time for you to give this amazingly powerful healing a go!
First do no harm. Try to minimize harmful side effects and avoid suppression of symptoms.
Physician as teacher. Educate patients and encourage them to take responsibility for their own health.
Treat the whole person. Consider all
factors (e.g., physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, genetic,
environmental, social) when tailoring treatment to each patient.
Prevention. Assess risk factors and, in partnership with patients, make appropriate interventions to prevent illness.
Healing power of nature. Seek to identify and remove obstacles to the body’s natural processes for maintaining and restoring health.
Treat the cause. Focus on the causes of a disease or condition, rather than its symptoms.