Understanding Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine can be traced back thousands of years. It is a form of medicine practiced across all societies and cultures around the world. Practiced long before the introduction of pharmaceutical medicine, it is still one of the most widely used systems of medicine in the world today.

Naturopathic medicine is a natural and holistic approach to medicine that relies on the use of plants as well as non-intrusive, drug-free techniques for therapeutic purposes. Naturopaths work with a range of different herbs to alleviate symptoms and address a range of different conditions.

A Holistic Approach to Health Care

Practitioners of Naturopathic Medicine train as primary care providers. Through their work, they diagnose, treat and manage clients with acute as well as chronic conditions. A Naturopath’s focus is addressing disease and dysfunction at the core of the problem.

Naturopaths work holistically. This means they treat each person as a whole and unique individual, rather than their disease or symptoms. Subsequently, Naturopaths work to heal the whole person, that is, body, mind, and emotional health.  

Your naturopath will work with you to create an individually tailored treatment plan. No two treatment plans are identical as they are designed around the individual client.

Naturopaths adhere to the principle of least intrusion and work with the body’s innate ability to heal itself. They use the healing power of nature and gentle, non-intrusive therapeutic techniques to support each client.

The Power of Plants as Medicine

Mankind has used plants since the beginning of time for medicinal purposes. Our ancestors relied on what they could access from the earth to heal the sick and prevent further disease.  

Your Naturopath will work with you to explore the root cause of your symptoms or disease.  In the consultation, your naturopath will ask you questions about your family history, the impact of your environment on your health, and specific lifestyle choices. Naturopaths will also rely on a range of different treatment methods to treat various illnesses. In a treatment plan, you may receive information around dietary and nutritional strategies, lifestyle choices, stress management techniques, flower essences, massage, and homeopathy.  You will receive an individually-tailored remedy of herbs to treat your specific concerns.

When to see a Naturopath

Naturopathic medicine is a complementary form of medicine.  For most clients, it forms part of a broader health program, alongside other medical and therapeutic techniques.  For example, if you are taking pharmaceutical medicines, a naturopath will take this into consideration.  In addition, our Naturopath will be able to guide you as to interactions between herbal and pharmaceutical medicine.  

Our Naturopath can work with you to help you identify, relieve and alleviate a wide range of conditions including:-

  • Fatigue and chronic fatigue conditions
  • Allergies 
  • Arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
  • Stress-related ailments such as anxiety, insomnia, depression
  • Digestive problems including IBS, Crohn’s Disease, Coeliac Disease, and more
  • Women’s health issues including PMT or menopausal symptoms
  • Hormonal conditions 
  • Pregnancy-related issues
  • Headaches and migraine

Your Naturopath will work with you to help support your body to reach a fine balance. In this way, Naturopaths can support you to maintain good health and vitality and prevent further disease.

If you are concerned about your health or the health of someone you love, contact our team to arrange a consultation with our Naturopath. Zoom and phone consultations are now available.