Medicine from the Heart of Nature
Nutritional medicine is an area of medicine concerned with the interaction of diet and nutrition with human biochemistry and physiology, and the associated physiological and psychological consequences. Naturopathic Medicine recognises that good nutrition is fundamental to health and therefore the study of nutritional medicine is foundational to a naturopathic degree. Nutrients are required for the proper functioning of every biochemical process and pathway in our bodies!
Nutritional medicine draws on a holistic approach to healing that takes into account the whole person, mind, body and spirit, as well as social and environmental influences, recognising that diseases and imbalances are complex and multifactorial. This constitutes individualised care which is the cornerstone of holistic practice.
Treatment involves using food as medicine and may involve the removal or addition of certain foods from the diet. If appropriate, it may also include the prescription of nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, trace elements and essential fatty acids, where diet and lifestyle alone cannot rectify physiological imbalances or address chronic deficiencies.
Almost all diseases and disease states have a nutritional component and therefore are amenable, in part at least, to this approach. In addition to addressing illness, nutritional medicine is utilised for disease prevention and to promote optimal health and wellbeing.
Naturopaths are qualified healthcare professionals who specialise in Nutritional Medicine
‘Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can heal the patient with food.’ ~ Hippocrates