Naturopathy, or naturopathic medicine is a medical system that focuses
on the body's innate vitalistic ability to heal and maintain itself. A
naturopathic physician views symptoms of disease as warning signals of
improper functioning of the body and unfavourable lifestyle habits.
This page is provided as part of our interest in diet and wellbeing. Julia has trained at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London and is a qualified Naturopath and Nutritional Therapist.
Today, many people are looking for 'natural medicine' and a more 'holistic' approach to health.
The role of the Naturopath is to help recognise and remove
barriers or impediments to the healing process.
Naturopathic medicine can provide people with the tools to take charge of their health and wellbeing and offers the best hope of preventing some of most serious and life-threatening diseases.
Because naturopathic medicine deals with the whole person, encompassing both physical and social-emotional issues, it is a very effective prevention for lifestyle related diseases.
Conventional Western medicine tends to deal with physical complaints only, often in isolation. Naturopathy takes in complete physical condition plus lifestyle factors such as nutrition, exercise, emotional or stress concerns.
Naturopathy is another name for complementary or alternative medicine and encompasses well-known therapies such as nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, iridology, ear acupuncture, bach flower remedies, traditional chinese medicine (TCM), ayurveda and detoxification. It also works alongside wellness therapies such as reiki and yoga.
Your health, vitality and wellbeing permeate every aspect of your life, not just your physical body, but particularly the quality and quantity of your life. By providing a holistic, less invasive and more natural health system, naturopathic medicine holds the enormous potential to change people’s lives for the better.
Naturopathy can help restore energy and vitality and balance in the body and, can assist with a whole range of symptons including:
- Recurrent infections
- Menstrual problems
- Hormonal problems
- Skin problems
- Digestive problems
- Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Lack of appetite or food cravings
- Pain in joints
- Gastric hyperacidity
- Blood sugar balance
- Stress management
- Chronic fatigue
- Food allergies and intolerances
- Sleeping issues
- Fertility issues
Naturopathic consultations involve listening to each individual’s health story.
During an initial consultation, your consultant will take an in-depth and detailed case history, including your medical, diet and exercise history, as well as lifestyle and occupational habits to gain a holistic sense of a your health picture. They may use many diagnostic techniques to evaluate your individual state. These may include Iridology (study of the Iris), face, nail, pulse and tongue diagnosis.
Where appropriate, the consultant may also utilise the latest complementary medicine techniques like allergy testing, hair mineral analysis, gut/stool analysis, homocysteine tests, blood sugar levels and liver tests to evaluate your current health status.
An initial consultation is generally around 1hr 30mins in length, depending upon the case.
At the conclusion of the initial consultation, a treatment plan is recommended.
Naturopathic Medicine recognises and respects that each person is unique and therefore the healing plan (program) that is developed must be reflective of each person’s individuality – one size does not fit all!
The program is based on your goals, abilities, as well as limitations. Your consultant will design it so that you will feel comfortable with the plan and be able to integrate it into your daily life. Your program will change and develop as you continue to improve your health and well-being.
Follow-up consultations to gauge the changes that have occurred following your initial consultation generally last 30 minutes.
The frequency and number of follow-up consultations is dependent on each individual case.
The principles of Naturopathy were first used by the Hippocratic School of Medicine in about 400BC.
The Greek philosopher Hippocrates believed in viewing the whole person in regards to finding a cause of disease, and using the laws of nature to induce cure. It was from this original school of thought that Naturopathy takes its principles:
The healing power of nature- nature has the innate ability to heal
Identify and treat the cause - there is always an underlying cause, be it physical or emotional
Do no harm- a Naturopath will never use treatments that may create other conditions
Treat the whole person- when preparing a treatment plan, all aspects of a person’s being are taken into consideration
The physician as teacher- a Naturopath empowers the patient to take responsibility for his/her own health by teaching self-care
Prevention is better than cure - a Naturopath may remove toxic substances and situations from a patient’s lifestyle to prevent the onset of further disease.