What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is about recognising that health is much more than the absence of disease. The focus is on promoting health and removing obstacles which interfere with the body’s self-healing mechanism.
A naturopath will look at the whole body, considering the inter-relationship of organs and body systems when addressing a complaint, rather than focusing purely on the area/organ affected.
Physical, emotional and environmental influences can all play a role in health or disease and these will also be explored in context to your health.
A naturopath understands the individuality of their clients and that every case is unique. They will address your health by looking for the underlying cause of ill health and working from there.
Overall, naturopathy is defined by the 6 following principles:
First do no harm – Use the most natural and least invasive or toxic therapies.
The healing power of nature – Trust the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.
Identify and treat the cause – Look beyond symptoms to the underlying cause.
Treat the whole person – View the body as an integrated whole, rather than parts.
Doctor as teacher – Educate, support and encourage clients to take charge of their health.
Prevention – Focus on health in order to prevent disease.