What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a profession that is practiced throughout the world, with Eastern and Western Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, Russia, India and the United States having the highest numbers of practicing naturopaths and naturopathic schools.
Naturopathy is a clearly defined profession with guiding principles that can be traced to the teachings of Stoicism in ancient Greece and which was incorporated into a complete system of medicine by Hippocrates; a Greek medical doctor who is considered the father of modern medicine. The first principle of naturopathy, as stated in the Hippocratic oath, is ‘Do No Harm.’
Naturopathy is classified as a traditional medicine and has evolved, since ancient times, as a deeply rooted part of European natural medicinal systems and, from Europe, naturopathy has found its way, with the founding fathers of the United States and the Commonwealth, to all parts of the world settled or governed by those of European descent. Naturopathy is a discipline of accumulated knowledge of effective natural therapies, diet and lifestyle in practice, and does not have a single originator. It is a part of our heritage.
The World Health Organization (WHO) maintains a clear definition of naturopathy, adopted by the WTO, along with a stated goal of its preservation through quality training, that was reached through an exhaustive international study into the origins and practice of naturopathy, both historically and in the present day.
Naturopathy is based on the following principals:
- “first, do no harm”
- Prevention is better than cure
- Treat the whole person (body, mind, emotions, spirit)
- Cooperate with the healing powers of nature; activate the body’s innate healing forces
- Identify, and focus treatment on the cause, rather than the symptoms, of disease
- Do not use treatments that suppress symptoms
- Use only treatments that are found in the natural world and to which the human body has adapted through millennium.
- Doctor as Teacher – Educate the patient so that they are empowered to participate in prevention of future health problems through healthy diet and lifestyle choices.
Food and Health
It is often said “you are what you eat” – and it’s true. The healing properties of food have been known for hundreds of years, but the flip side is that poor food choices can have an equally powerful effect. This is obvious when changes in diet are made and dramatic improvements in energy and well-being are felt.
I target the root causes of health issues, rather than focusing only on symptoms. I will look to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to your symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows me to work with you to address nutritional balance and help support your body towards maintaining or improving health. Ongoing support will be provided through individual dietary, lifestyle and/or supplementation recommendations.
My aim is to support you in improving your health, vitality and joie de vivre! Making changes to your diet and lifestyle isn’t about deprivation – it’s about enjoying food as well as enjoying the health benefits. Television programs like The Food Hospital have brought to public attention the fact that simple changes to the way you eat can have a dramatic effect on your body.