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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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