What is a Naturopath and what is naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a system of medicine based on the theory that dis-ease can be prevented, reversed and cured, using completely natural practices, working with and increasing the innate intelligence of the body to heal itself.
The techniques applied by naturopaths who are specialist health practitioners begin with nutrition, hydrotherapy, herbal medicine and expert detoxification methods including fasting.
A naturopath believes that whatever the body can produce, it is equally capable and able to reverse.
The ethos that runs through Naturopathy is to find the root cause of dis-ease and treat the roots not the symptoms. We live in a time where chemical stress, environmental toxicity, poor diet and modern technology, play a considerable role in the degradation of health, a Naturopath’s ability to apply natural methods of relief is of significant importance.
The fundamental principles of Naturopathy
First do no harm
Primum non nocere
A Naturopath will ensure the least toxic and non- invasive strategies for the patient, never prescribing treatment or medications that may have harmful side affects causing further discord.
The healing power of nature
Vis medicatrix naturae
An ancient medical principle that includes reference to the innate ability of the body to heal itself.
Identify and treat the root cause
There is always an underlying cause, physical, chemical or emotional.
Treat the whole person not the disease
Disease is multi-factorial: physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social and spiritual factors should be taken into accordance.
Doctor as teacher
The word doctor derives from the Latin word “docere” meaning to teach. Naturopaths will educate patients allowing the person to take control of their own health re-connecting one to their inner power.
Prevention is better than cure
An ancient Chinese medical text asserts “A doctor who treats a disease after it has happened is a mediocre doctor… a doctor who treats a disease before it happens is a superior doctor” – Huangdi Neijing
“It is better to know the person behind the disease, than to know the disease the person has.”
Modern day Naturopathy
The modern-day Naturopath faces many more challenges than those of their forefathers. Most of us now live in a sea of electromagnetic pollution, coupled with a plethora of chemical pollutants which were completely alien to man 40 years ago. Add to this a dose of denatured food fast-tracked by technology and we have a heady mix of health problems waiting to happen.
In short most people have too much of what they shouldn’t have in their bodies and not enough of what they should have.
The Naturopath of today needs a very eclectic approach to meet these challenges and guide their patients back to vibrant health. Whilst never losing sight of the basic fundamentals of the nature cure, the modern-day Naturopath might employ a raft of skills such as herbs, homoeopathy, manipulation, flower essences, acupuncture or biochemical supplementation to augment their work.
“These may be necessary to offset many of the suppressions brought about through living in our modern times with all its concomitant stresses that seek to strangle the life force in our bodies.” – S. Langley
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