Naturopathy is a holistic art of healing which recognises the ability of the body to overcome disease. Treatments aim to support and assist the body to heal itself with the use of herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, homeopathy, and nutritional and lifestyle advice.
The practice of naturopathy is based on six key principles:
Promote the healing power of nature.
Healing takes place with the use of natural remedies.
First do no harm.
Naturopaths favor a treatment that will not cause harmful side effects, nor will it suppress symptoms.
Treat the whole person.
Practitioners believe a person’s health is affected by many factors, physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social. Practitioners consider all these factors when choosing therapies and tailor treatment to each individual.
Treat the cause.
The naturopath will prioritize identification and treating the cause of the illness, rather than just treating symptoms.
By treating the cause, true healing occurs and symptoms subside naturally.
Prevention is the best cure.
The naturopath will advise and encourage the patient on the best way to eat and live, to maintain health and prevent illness or disease.
The physician as teacher.
The naturopath will educate the patient about their health condition and treatment plan – which will empower and allows the patients to take responsibility for their own health.
What can I Expect?
Your first visit (initial consultation) will take approximately 1 hour to 1.5 hours, with a follow up consultations taking approximately 30 – 45 mins.
This time frame is necessary to gain as much information as possible about you as an individual.
Your naturopath will ask you comprehensive questioning about your body systems, family history and lifestyle.
The beauty of this health system, is that your treatment plan is individualised for YOU and you get time to ask questions and have things explained to you.
Your naturopath will use a variety of diagnosis techniques such as comprehensive questioning, iridology (iris analysis), tongue analysis, nail analysis and ordering of pathology testing where necessary.
Your naturopathic prescription may include herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, dietary planning and will always include some dietary advice, recipes and lifestyle advice.
What does Naturopathy Treat?
Naturopathic medicine can treat a wide array of conditions, ranging from chronic illnesses, and acute conditions to mild annoyances. Here are some of the conditions that a naturopath can assist in treating and healing:
- Cardiovascular problems including hypertension
- Digestive complaints including constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Skin conditions such as acne and eczema
- Colds and flu
- Headaches and migraines
- Infertility and pregnancy health
- Childhood illnesses – recurrent immune conditions, digestive complaints, assisting with improving behavior/concentration, sleep issues.
- Women’s reproductive issues – PMS, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), menstrual irregularities.
How long will it take to work?
The time it takes to return to health depends greatly on the individual and the health condition.
Acute conditions such as the common cold and or skin complaints, can respond to treatment within a few days, whereas more chronic conditions may take 4-12 weeks to respond to treatment.
Chronic conditions will respond well to naturopathy due to the emphasis on treating the cause of the illness.
If you have any questions, or would like to book a face-to-face, or distance consultation, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 040 991 4552.