Naturopathy is an approach to address health concerns utilising a set of principles to guide the therapeutic process. The treatment methods used incorporate, amongst others, nutraceuticals, herbs, bodywork, and diet and lifestyle modifications.
Naturopathy uses a holistic approach to assess the person, drawing on biomedical diagnostic techniques as well as traditional assessment methods. The goal of the consultation is to understand what may be triggering and sustaining presenting symptoms, and trying to address some of those causative factors.
The principles that guide the naturopathic approach are:
- The healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae). Naturopaths view the body as having considerable power to protect itself. It is the naturopath’s goal to support and facilitate these processes using natural therapies.
- First do no harm. This principle underpins the need to use safe and effective therapies.
- Find and treat the cause whenever possible, not only the symptoms (tolle causum). The goal is to address underlying imbalances that may be triggering or sustaining the presenting symptoms.
- Treat the whole person. All the factors influencing a person’s life is taken into account – physical, mental-emotional, spiritual, economic/social. Treatment is tailored after taking into account all these various factors.
- Education. The naturopath’s goal is to be a teacher. The aim is to educate, motivate and empower individuals to take care and responsibility for their lives.
- Prevention. Utilising the above principles naturopaths aim to shift individuals to better health, to equip them to prevent disease by optimising and supporting the natural health of the body.
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More information on the Naturopathic Consultation Process can be found here.