What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a holistic natural form of medicine that addresses the whole person rather than just treating symptoms. It focuses on empowering people to improve their health, allowing them to flourish in a natural and supportive environment. It is a gentle, safe and person centred practice that focuses on transitioning you towards better health and lifestyle choices.
Naturopathy is based on the following principles, which provide the foundation for all treatments:
- First do no harm
- The healing power of nature
- Identify and treat the cause
- Heal the whole person
- The practitioner as teacher to educate
- Prevention is the best cure
Suitable for both males and females of all ages from new babies to the elderly, naturopathy involves a broad spectrum of treatment modalities including:
- Nutritional Medicine
- Herbal Medicine
- Dietary Advice
- Lifestyle Modifications
- Homeopathic Preparations
How can Nutrition help?
Food is a form of medicine that can improve your long term health. Nutritional medicine is based on the foundation that nutrients, minerals and vitamins are vital for the functioning of the processes which the body depends on.
Just like a growing plant, the body has its own innate ability to heal when it is given the right nutrition and environment.
“The food you eat can be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison” – Anne Wigmore
Garlic is a Naturopath’s best friend and a prime example of using food as medicine. This beautiful herb has been used as a food and medicine for thousands of years with evidence showing the ancient Egyptians using it in their daily diet for strength as well as biblical texts showing evidence for its use in the treatment of infections and parasites.
Garlic is antifungal, antiparasitic, antibacterial and antiviral. Studies have shown garlic to assist in the management of blood pressure, cholesterol, cardiovascular health and help promote a healthy immune system response.
As a passionate cook in the kitchen, the majority of my dishes will contain this medicinal herb – it is a staple for every kitchen medicine cabinet!
Why is Holistic Health important?
Holistic Health encompasses the whole person – body, mind, spirit and emotions to help achieve optimal health and wellness. Naturopaths view the whole person as separate sectors of body systems, which work in harmony – if one body system is out of balance the rest of the body can also be affected.
A common presenting example often seen in clinical practice is eczema. Holistic medicine views all the potential factors that may be causing an individual to present with eczema such as stress, diet, chemical exposure, sleep hygiene and lifestyle factors.
The prescribed treatment plan may involve supplements to relieve the symptoms but also diet and lifestyle modifications to address the cause and prevent the eczema from reoccurring.