Naturopathy is a holistic system of medicine that recognises the body’s inherent ability to heal itself; using dietary change, lifestyle advice, herbal medicine and nutritional therapy to support these natural processes. Naturopathic treatments aim to prevent ill health by strengthening the body’s natural healing abilities.
Wholism is an underlying principle of naturopathic practice, which looks at all factors that may be impacting on a person’s health and wellbeing. This can include physical health, mental health, emotional wellbeing, genetic tendencies, environmental influences, and dietary intake.
Individualised treatment is a key tenet of naturopathy, as no two people are the same, and recommendations will be tailored to the needs of each person. And when illness strikes – as it does for everyone – effective treatments can be devised that will address both presenting symptoms and the underlying cause.
Naturopathy can be used to support general health and prevent the progression of disease. It can also be used to help treat and manage a variety of conditions, including:
- Digestive complaints such as bloating, pain, flatulence, dyspepsia, constipation and diarrhoea
- Stress and fatigue
- Anxiety, depression and mood disorders
- Cognitive issues including poor memory and recurrent headaches
- Immune dysfunction, including recurrent infections, allergies and autoimmune conditions
- Cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and atherosclerosis
- Skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis and acne
- Menstrual complaints such as PMS, irregular cycles, pain and heavy bleeding
- Infertility and preconception care
- Pregnancy, breastfeeding and postpartum care
- Menopause, andropause and healthy ageing
- Chronic degenerative disease
Naturopathy has been described as both an art and a science. The art lies in the skill of the practitioner and the science in the study and understanding of human disease processes.