Medicine from the Heart of Nature
Naturopathic medicine (also known as Naturopathy) is an integrative health care system that combines both the wisdom of nature with modern scientific knowledge and evidence. Naturopathic medicine emphasises treatment, prevention, and optimal health through the use of natural approaches to therapy that encourage and support the body’s inherent capacity to heals itself. Naturopathic medicine utilises modalities such as botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, lifestyle counselling and physical therapies.
Naturopaths are trained as healthcare providers to treat and manage patients with both acute and chronic conditions, as well promoting optimal health and the prevention of disease. Attempting to find and address the underlying causes of the individual’s condition is fundamental to the naturopathic approach. Education and encouraging personal responsibility and self-empowerment, are also integral to the naturopathic approach.
The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
The healing power of nature: Naturopathic medicine recognises and trusts the wisdom of the body and its inherent capacity to heal itself. The naturopathic approach facilitates this healing process by removing obstacles to healing and identifying treatments to enhance it.
Identify and treat the cause: The naturopathic practitioner seeks to practice root-cause medicine, identifying and addressing the underlying causes of illness, rather than to only eliminate or suppress symptoms.
Treat the whole person: Naturopathic practitioners treat the body as an integrated whole in all its physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions, taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors.
Prevention: Naturopathic practitioners emphasise the importance of disease prevention and wellness. We do not work only from the perspective of a disease model of health but aim to help to people to build a strong foundation of health to help prevent future illness.
First do no harm: A naturopathic treatment plan uses therapies that are gentle, the least invasive, non- toxic, and with minimal risk of adverse side effects. Treatments are designed to work in harmony with the body’s natural healing process.
Doctor as teacher: The Latin root of doctor is docere, which means “to teach.” Naturopathic practitioners seek to educate and empower their patients, encouraging personal responsibility for their own health.
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