What is Naturopathy?
Basically, Naturopathy is helping your body heal itself through proper nutrition, herbal medicine and other forms of natural medicine.
Naturopathy is a complete and holistic approach to healthcare that focuses on the individual and looks to treat the root cause of illness and poor health. It combines modern science with a natural treatment approach that uses effective medical-grade natural medicines and lifestyle advice to enhance the body’s natural healing response and to restore healthy function and vitality. Nutritional and dietary advice is also a key aspect of Naturopathy.
The foundation of Naturopathy is that the body has built-in healing abilities, and instead of focusing on a specific disease, a Naturopath focuses on the whole person, taking into account the physical, emotional, environmental, energetic and spiritual aspects of wellness.
Naturopathy places emphasis on using natural methods and medicine to prevent and correct disease.
In addition to treating existing conditions, Naturopathy also provides guidance to prevent conditions and ensure optimum health and vitality. This is known as wellness medicine.
Naturopathy can help you to:
- Achieve your ideal weight.
- Increase energy and stamina.
- Sleep better and feel great when you wake up in the morning.
- Improve skin health.
- Raise healthy children.
- Improve digestion.
- Improve memory, concentration and clarity of thinking.
- Relieve joint, bone and muscle pain.
- Reduce cold/flu incidence & symptoms.
- Improve your ability to cope with stress.
Naturopathy treats the whole person, not just one symptom, and the brilliant thing about this is that you may come in to have one health problem addressed, and as that problem is being treated, other health issues clear up at the same time.
A thorough case history is taken to not only look at family and personal history, but also lifestyle factors like quality of sleep, diet, stress levels, hormonal influences, hydration levels, bowel health and other contributing factors that may be affecting your health. Testing, such as food intolerance testing, genomic (DNA) tests, hormone level testing or hair tissue mineral analysis testing may also be used as required.
Once the possible cause of your health issues have been identified, an individualised treatment program will be formulated for you, which may include herbal medicine and nutritional supplements, in addition to effective dietary programs and lifestyle prescriptions.
Even if you are already in a reasonable state of health, Naturopathic medicine can provide a preventative and proactive approach to achieve ongoing wellbeing. Josie can help you to identify potential future health issues based on functional testing and past medical history, from which a preventative health plan can be developed to help you to take control of your own long-term wellness.
Can Naturopathic treatment be combined with pharmaceutical drugs and conventional treatment?
There are many clinical trials demonstrating the effective use of natural medicines alongside pharmaceuticals such as an antihypertensives, antidiabetics and antidepressants, just to name a few. However it is ESSENTIAL that this done under the care of your GP and naturopath.
What is a Qualified Naturopath?
Becoming a Naturopath involves first studying all the principles of natural medicine, and then learning to apply them using specific techniques.
Because a naturopath treats the whole person and needs a good understanding of human biology and psychology, becoming a naturopath requires successful completion of at least a 3 year advanced diploma or bachelor degree program and a designated number of hours of supervised clinical practice.
Degree-qualified naturopaths are taught the same high-level, science-based health and medical subjects, often alongside students from other science or health courses. In addition, they then study specific complementary medicine subjects including herbal medicine and nutrition.
Disciplines studied include:
- Anatomy and Physiology.
- Symptomology and diagnosis.
- Chemistry and Pharmacology.
- Herbal medicine.
- Remedial massage.
- Evidence based practice.
- Critical thinking
- And a broad range of elective studies which may include Bach Flower Remedies, Iridology, Ayurvedic Medicine and much more.
What happens in a Naturopathic appointment?
An initial consultation takes an hour or so. Your Naturopath will take an extensive medical history and will ask many questions about your past and present health – physically, mentally and emotionally. Sometimes a physical examination will be required, and your Naturopath may take blood pressure and use diagnostic tools such as iridology, tongue and nail analysis to help get a complete picture of health. You may also be referred for allergy testing, blood, stool or salivary hormone tests.
During this consultation you will be provided with nutrition and lifestyle advice, and possibly be prescribed natural medicine, herbal or nutritional supplements. Most of the time a follow up appointments may be required to monitor results or progress treatment.
Is Natural Medicine safe?
If correctly prescribed, approved nutritional supplements and herbal remedies are safe whilst being effective. They usually have less side effects than pharmaceutical medicines. However, herbs and nutrients do have potent actions, and so it is always best to see a qualified and accredited Naturopath, Nutritionist or Medical Herbalist to ensure that the supplements you take are the most suitable for you and won't interact with any other medicines you may be taking.