Naturopathic medicine is the system of primary health care, which works with the individual’s efforts towards the optimal expression of physiological, physical, and mental/emotional health.
A Naturopath is a person employing a wide array of “natural” modalities, including homeopathy, herbalism, and acupuncture, as well as diet and lifestyle counseling
Naturopathy is an approach to health care which aims to promote, restore, and maintain health. The following principles underpin the practice of Naturopathy.
This describes the connection and interaction between the structural, biochemical, mental, and emotional components of all living beings. Dysfunction in one area invariably leads to disruption elsewhere.
Naturopaths recognise that:
Health is More than the Absence of Disease. It is Dependent Upon a Multitude of Factors and Reflects a Harmonious Interaction with Our Environment
Acute Disease Processes are Different from Chronic Processes and is the Body’s Attempt to Restore Health Often through Enhanced Processes of Elimination
Suppression of Such Healing Processes Contributes to the Potential for Chronic Breakdown
Disease Processes Involve Activation of the Body’s Homeostatic Mechanisms. Health is Homeostasis – a Dynamic Equilibrium
Prevention is Preferable to Cure. An Individual Requires Suitable Foods for Nourishment, Clean Water, Fresh Air, and Sunlight, as well as Appropriate Exercise, Rest, and Relaxation
The defining elements of Naturopathic practise are that Naturopaths:
Work with the Body’s Own Self-Correcting Mechanisms or Efforts to Maintain Homeostasis
Endeavour to Address All Aspects of the Triad of Health
Regard Education and Co-Operation of the Patient as Highly as Treatment of the Patient
Address Lifestyle Factors Which are Contributing to the Problem and Re-Educate the Patient into a Lifestyle More Conducive to Health
Aim to Establish Health on a Cellular Level by Improving Circulation and Enervation, Nutrition, Detoxification, and Elimination