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Expert guide on naturopathy

What is naturopathy?

Naturopathy emphasises a holistic approach to disease prevention, and the treatment and promotion of optimal health through natural, therapeutic means. These may include homeopathy, nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, massage therapy and lifestyle and dietary advice.

Inherent to naturopathy is the principle that the body has an intrinsic ability to heal itself. Using the healing power of nature and gentle therapeutic techniques, the mind, body and emotions are supported during this healing process.

What is a naturopathic practitioner?

Naturopathy is one of the most popular forms of complementary medicine in Australia today, with naturopaths performing over 4.9 million consultations every year. They will often recommend a combination of therapies, and use preventative medicine practices to ensure the body restores, heals, and nourishes itself to remain vital and strong. According to naturopathic principles, naturopaths treat each client as an individual, treat the whole body and not just an affected area, and address the cause of health issues, not just the symptoms.

What is the history of naturopathy?

The term “naturopathy” originates from the Lain root for birth (“natura”) and the Greek root for suffering (“pathos”) to suggest “natural healing.” The first advocate of naturopathic medicine was believed to be Hippocrates, and the modern form of naturopathy can be traced to 18th- and 19th-century natural healing systems. These include hydrotherapy (water therapy), which was popular in Germany, and “nature cure” (the use of air, light, food, herbs and water to treat illness), which was developed in Austria.

Benjamin Lust first introduced naturopathy to the US in 1901, with the founding of the American School of Naturopathy. It emphasised the use of natural health practices including herbal medicine, hydrotherapy and homeopathy, the avoidance of overeating, and the elimination of tea, coffee, and alcohol. Naturopaths eventually became licensed under drugless practitioner and naturopathic laws in 25 American states. Naturopathy was adopted by many chiropractors, and several universities offered Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) degrees.

Naturopathy continued to gain popularity due to social and cultural change and government policies that highlighted freedom of choice and individual responsibility, and today, naturopaths are licensed primary care providers offering advice on a range of complementary and alternative therapies, including homeopathy, herbal remedies, vitamin and mineral supplements, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and relaxation techniques.

What modalities do naturopaths encompass?

Naturopathic practices focus on the use of natural and non-invasive treatments that work in harmony with the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Naturopaths also consider disease prevention and the influence of emotions, the environment, and lifestyle on a client’s holistic health.

Naturopathy encompasses a range of treatment methods, including:

  • Administering herbal medicines that can help to prevent and treat a range of illnesses
  • Giving nutritional and dietary advice to assist with detoxification, restore balance and prevent disease
  • Offering lifestyle advice to reduce stress and promote overall well-being
  • Using hydrotherapy to stimulate the body’s natural defences and immune system
  • Applying compresses and packs to reduce pain and stimulate organ function

Some naturopaths are also trained in:

  • The use of flower essences to enhance some of the emotional aspects of healing
  • Soft tissue manipulation to reduce pain, enable detoxification, and rebalance the body’s systems
  • The administering of homoeopathy medicines that use predominantly animal, plant and mineral substances to stimulate the body’s own healing responses
  • Psychological counselling including relaxation and meditation
  • Massage therapy, applied kinesiology, iridology, hair analysis, and reflexology

What does naturopathy assist with?

A naturopath can assist with a holistic health plan by helping you understand how a variety of imbalances, deficiencies, diet, environment, lifestyle, relationships and stress levels could be impacting your health. These include:

  • Gastrointestinal and digestive issues
  • Low energy or immunity
  • Fertility and hormone imbalance issues
  • Female and male reproductive health
  • Sleep, skin, and weight concerns
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Joint health and degenerative illness including arthritis

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What can naturopathy treat?

Naturopaths can treat a wide variety of issues, as well as offer a holistic approach to your health. They can create health plans to tackle any deficiencies, imbalances, and stress levels that are potentially affecting your health, in addition to offering dietary and lifestyle recommendations to promote a positive sense of well being.

From a specific standpoint, a naturopath may be able to help with any of the following issues and more:

  • Low energy or immunity
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Sleep, skin, and weight concerns
  • Fertility and hormone imbalance issues
  • Gastrointestinal and digestive issues
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Joint health and degenerative illness including arthritis
  • Female and male reproductive health

What is the difference between a naturopath, a herbalist and a nutritionist?

A herbalist uses herbal medicines to correct health issues, and a nutritionist uses nutritional therapy to do the same. A naturopath, however, provides a wide variety of treatments that include both herbal medicine, nutritional advice, massage, and more. In a nutshell, a naturopath has a much wider scope of practice, and takes a holistic approach to your well being.

How to choose the best naturopath in Sydney

ANTA is dedicated to the delivery of exceptional health care, public safety, and providing people with the information they need to make good health choices. These principles are outlined in our Scope and Standards of Practice, which helps us to attract the very best naturopaths in Melbourne and Australia. For this reason, the easiest way to find a skilled, capable naturopath is using our practitioner directory at the top of the page.

If you would prefer to find a Sydney naturopath yourself, these are the main areas that you should focus on:

  • Qualifications: There are two main naturopathic qualifications in Australia — an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy and the Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy). These normally involve three to four years of full-time study and over 600 hours of clinical practice and subjects ranging from biology, psychology, pathology and pharmacology to nutrition, biochemistry, and herbal medicine.
  • Professional membership: Professional bodies like ANTA often only accept naturopaths who are qualified and accredited by Australian standards, which makes it easier to find someone with the necessary skills. They may also require that naturopaths to have First Aid certification, professional indemnity insurance, and for them to remain up-to-date with their professional development. ANTA requires all of these.
  • Expertise relevant to your condition: Your naturopath should have expertise that aligns with your specific health needs.
  • Cleanliness: It goes without saying that the clinical environment should be clean, tidy, and presented in a professional manner.

What can I expect from my first naturopathy appointment?

The methods that naturopaths take will depend on their healing philosophy and the modalities they have studied. Usually, a naturopath will start with an exhaustive consultation that may cover your symptoms, medical history, stress levels, diet, lifestyle, and bowel habits. They will discuss your emotional well being, your quality of sleep, and your energy levels from day to day. They may also complete a physical assessment, and chat to you about when your health concerns started.

Once they are clear on your current health status, they will create a tailored treatment plan to stimulate your body’s natural defences. This may include advice to tackle underlying causes of stress, dietary changes, nutritional supplements, and more. They may also recommend detoxification, which includes cutting out toxins like tobacco, alcohol, and possibly caffeine.

Education is a big part of what a naturopath does, so they will likely advise you on the underlying factors for your health, as well as treatment options, and your overall treatment journey. They might also suggest follow-up appointments, depending on the treatment you’re receiving.

Naturopathy Sydney FAQs

 

#1 Will naturopathic remedies affect my current medications?

It’s always best to tell your naturopath which conventional medications you’re taking, to avoid any potential issues. They will be able to provide you with up-to-date advice on possible conflicts.

#2 Do you represent fertility naturopaths in Sydney?

Many of our naturopaths can help with fertility issues. You can find them by using our practitioner directory at the top of this page. Be sure to enquire about their ability to help with fertility issues before making an appointment.

#3 How long does naturopathy take to work?

A change in your symptoms all depends on your age, your overall vitality, the severity of your symptoms and how long you have had your health condition.

Some clients start to feel results within a couple of days, for others, it will take a few weeks or even longer. It’s also important to note that unlike pharmaceutical medications, natural remedies aren’t a quick fix solution. They work on healing the body over time and involve working towards a long-term solution to your health problems.

#4 What does a naturopath do for weight loss?

Naturopaths will work with you to create a plan that involves “real life” recommendations to help you lose weight at a consistent and steady pace. This will involve making nutritional recommendations and teaching you the principles of healthy eating so you can develop a healthy relationship with food and a happier, healthier body.

For more information on this, check out our comprehensive article on Naturopathy For Weight Loss.