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Information about Naturopathy and Naturopaths

Naturopathy
The concept of Naturopathy was developed in Ancient Greece by what has become known as the Hippocratic School of Medicine in about 400B.C. The Greek philosopher Hippocrates had the belief that by first viewing the whole person to find the cause of disease, and then using the laws of nature to determine a cure. From this original school of thought Naturopathy took its principles.

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Naturopathy and Naturopaths


Naturopathy
The concept of Naturopathy was developed in Ancient Greece by what has become known as the Hippocratic School of Medicine in about 400B.C. The Greek philosopher Hippocrates had the belief that by first viewing the whole person to find the cause of disease, and then using the laws of nature to determine a cure. From this original school of thought Naturopathy took its principles.

The healing power of nature-

Naturopathy is a system of natural healthcare, it recognises that the body has the ability to heal itself and naturopathic practitioners act to bring about this natural process. Naturopaths believe that the right kind of conditions must be in place to allow any healing process to begin and these conditions require getting rest, relaxation and enough sleep combined with exercise, feeding the body nutritional food and removing toxins from the system.


Identify and Treat the Causes-

Naturopaths try to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
The underlying root causes of disease must be removed for complete healing to take place . These root causes can exist at many levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It is the naturopathic doctor's ostensible role to identify this root cause, in addition to alleviate suffering by treating symptoms.

Avoid doing any harm-
Naturopaths never use treatments that may create other conditions which could harm the patient, they only employ methods and medicinal substances which minimise the risk of harmful side effects and use the least force necessary to diagnose and treat.
Any therapy used must not interfere with the natural healing process by masking symptoms this is considered suppressive and should be avoided .
Therapists will acknowledge, respect and work with the individual's self-healing process and the natural life force of the individual should be supported to encourage healing.

Treat the whole person-
A persons health must go beyond treatment of immediate symptoms, and should treat the entire person's well being. That means treating the entire body, as well as the spirit and mind thus any treatment plan should consider all aspects of a person’s being, taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors.
Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopaths encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.


The physician as teacher-
A Naturopath empowers the patient to take responsibility for his/her own health by teaching self-care
Naturopath educate individuals in their lifestyles and encourage them to "take responsibility for their own health". This cooperative relationship between doctor and patient is essential to healing.

Prevention-
Naturopathic practitioners emphasise the prevention of disease, assessing risk factors, and susceptibility to disease then make necessary interventions, in partnership with their patients, to prevent illness. They may remove toxic substances and situations from a patient’s lifestyle to prevent the onset of further disease

The ultimate goal of the naturopaths is prevention. The emphasis will be on building health, not fighting illness. This is done by fostering healthy lifestyles, healthy beliefs, and healthy relationships.

Traditional Naturopaths
The healing power of nature, is the central tenet of Traditional Naturopathy. Bacteria and viruses, which are always present, seldom cause problems in a healthy body. According to naturopathic practice, disease occurs when toxins that have accumulated internally – often due to incorrect lifestyle, a poor diet, and improper care of the body - weaken a person. While conventional medical treatments may rid the body of symptoms, these treatments alone do not bring about true healing. Rather than trying to attack specific symptoms and diseases, Traditional Naturopathy offers a holistic approach to the individual that supports the body in finding its way back to homeostasis.

Traditional Naturopathy is not a medical practice. While prescribing drugs and pharmaceuticals, performing surgery, and other invasive procedures clearly have their place in the hands of properly trained medical doctors, these practices are outside the scope of Traditional Naturopathy and are at odds with its fundamental principles. Instead Traditional Naturopaths focus on educating clients to lead healthier lives and on the use of naturopathic modalities such as light, water, herbs, healthy foods, and exercise to cleanse and strengthen the body and support its natural healing process.


Hippocrates said:- "Health is the expression of a harmonious balance between various components of man's nature, the environment and ways of life - nature is the physician of disease. "

 

What to expect from a practitioner
An initial consultation with a Naturopath normally takes about an hour. During this time the Naturopath a full case history will be taken, during this assessment they will ask questions about the patient’s condition, medical history, smoking habits, sleeping habits, diet and lifestyle, and any conventional treatments that they may be taking.
The consulting Naturopath may then use Iridology (looking into the iris), or tongue and nail diagnosis to get a better picture of the complete health state of the client. If needed, pathology testing such as hair, stool, or blood analysis may be recommended.
Once all of the information is gathered, a treatment plan is formulated that addresses all areas of the person’s life, this will provide the body with the best chance to heal itself. The treatment plan will often include advice on diet, lifestyle, exercise, herbal medicine, homeopathic treatments, or other suitable remedies. A Naturopath may also refer the client to other complementary practitioners as part of an integrated health care approach.Some of these may include some combination of the following:-

•Blood Analysis
•Herbal medicine
•Homeopathy
•Iridology
•Massage; and
•Nutrition
•Clinical nutrition
•Health counseling
•Homeopathy
•Physical medicine (massage and physical therapy)

 

 

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