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NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

Naturopathic Medicine is the system of primary health care which works with the individual’s efforts towards an optimal expression of physiological, physical, and mental or emotional health.

 

What is a Naturopath?

 

A Naturopath is a person who applies treatment modalities based on the principles of Naturopathic Medicine. Naturopathy is an approach to health care which aims to promote, restore and maintain health. The following principles underpin the practise of Naturopathy:

  • The Healing Power of Nature or Vis Medicatrix Naturae: There is a ‘vital force’ or ‘life force’ which drives the self-healing or self-correcting mechanisms of the body.

  • The Triad of Health, which describes the connection and interaction between the structural, biochemical and mental/emotional components of all living beings. Dysfunction in one area invariably leads to disruption elsewhere.

  • The Uniqueness of the Individual: People are genetically, biochemically, structurally and emotionally different from one another. Each person responds in a unique way to influences whether they are mental/emotional, structural, nutritional, social or cultural.

 

The Naturopath always seeks to:

 

  • Do no harm.

  • Employ methods which work with the body’s healing power and self-correcting mechanisms and avoid treatments which may work against these mechanisms and which suppress acute diseases.

  • Deal with underlying causes of dysfunction where possible.

  • Reduce the burden of load. It may not always be possible to identify the underlying causes of the problem, but often a number of contributory factors can be identified. It is preferable to reduce the overall burden on the body using established naturopathic means.

  • Sometimes it may be necessary to use short term measures which assist in the removal of symptoms for the comfort or safety of the individual, however it is important to also employ long-term health restoration measures.

  • Attempt to address all aspects of the Naturopathic Triad of Health.

  • Employ simple treatments before more complex, where possible.

  • Support patients’ efforts in gaining and maintaining control of their own health.