Naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine employing a wide range of natural treatments including, homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutrition, diet and lifestyle. Naturopathic practice is based on the belief that the human body is able to heal itself through a special vital energy or force that is guiding the bodily processes internally.
Naturopaths adopt a holistic and non-invasive approach without the use of chemicals and drugs
Naturopaths aim to prevent illness through stress reduction and changes to lifestyle (exercise, relaxation and meditation) and diet (eating certain foods while avoiding others). In fact, these natural approaches help restore the body’s innate ability to heal itself without the adverse effects of conventional medicine.
A naturopathic consult begins with a lengthy patient interview focusing on medical history, lifestyle, diet, emotional status, physical features and physical examination. Below are some of the various range of treatment options we have available
As the father of Western medicine Hippocrates said “let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”. Nutritional medicine is based on the effect of food, nutrients and diet on health and well-being. A naturopathic practitioner, provides dietary advice and nutritional supplement to the clients. This is based on the therapeutic potentials and healing power of certain foods, diets and supplements in addressing a broad range of health conditions.
Nutritional medicine pays a special attention to the process in which nutrients are absorbed in our body and the way they interact with other substances in food that we eat. Nutrients could be divided into macronutrients (needed in large amounts; carbohydrates, fats, dietary fibre, water and proteins) and micronutrients (needed in smaller amounts; minerals and vitamins). Hence, it is paramount to choose a variety of different nutrients in our diet daily in order to provide the suitable fuel for the body to carry out its daily activities.
Herbal medicine is the study and the use of whole plants for medicinal purposes. Plants have been used for their therapeutic properties through much of human history (dates back to 60,000 years ago) especially in ancient Egypt, Chinese and Geek cultures; herbal medicine has also been practiced in all cultures based on observation and experience. Most importantly, recent scientific findings support the use of these medicinal herbs in many illnesses such as digestive issues, immune support, mental health, reproductive concerns, respiratory and cardiovascular health; this allows practitioners to apply their herbal knowledge with more confidence and greater safety.
Flower essences, Bach flower remedies or Australian bush flower essences (Ian White), have been used for centuries throughout the world. Dr Bach believed that vibrational energies of the flower essences could help in realigning the emotional patterns of dysfunction. Hence, greater harmony could result within the individual shown by greater peace of mind and expression of happiness by enhancing the alignment of the physical personality with energies of higher self.
Flower essences restore vitality to the ailing and sick by allowing the individual to overcome their emotional state. The list of following underlying emotional states among others that may be addressed by flower essences include fear, loneliness, lack of interest/confidence, over sensitivity, depression/anguish, over concern, uncertainty, jealousy and impatience/irritability.
Essential oils are the aromatic, volatile liquid within many flowers, shrubs, trees, bushes and seeds; this liquid is usually extracted through steam distillation. This process makes essential oils very potent and concentrated compared to dry herbs. In addition, a large volume of plant material is usually required to make a small amounts of distilled essential oil. Essential oils have been medicinally used for killing fungi, bacteria, bugs, and viruses for many years. The exquisite fragrance of essential oils provide emotional and physical balance, lifts mood and spirit, dispel negative energy and create harmony. There are different application of these oils that are used by practitioners. These include: inhalation or topical application (a few drops of essential oil in a large amount of a carrier oil or cream).
Iridology, iris interpretation dating back to 1000 BC in China, is the science of analysing texture, colour and structure of nerve fibres of the iris. Iris analysis may determine the functional, structural, emotional and pathological disorders within the body. Iris chart divides the iris into zones corresponding to specific regions of the human body; iridologists match their observations to iris chart before drawing any conclusions. In fact, those regions of the body that are over-reactive, inflamed or distressed can be identified and distinguished from healthy organs. Overall, this information may reflect past medical history, susceptibility towards certain diseases or envisage health problems later in life.