What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy is a multi-disciplinary ‘Natural’ approach to healthcare. It is a holistic system that identifies and addresses the underlying root cause of ill health as well as promoting health and abundance of vitality.

Naturopathic treatment uses what nature provides to help the body to heal itself. It incorporates various modalities such as nutritional therapy, Bach flower remedies, tissue salts, herbal medicine, homeopathy and acupuncture to help you achieve optimal health, strengthen your immune system and achieve a balanced mind. Imagine waking up in the morning after a refreshing night’s sleep, full of happiness, energy and vitality, and feeling like this throughout the day, without the help of coffees or sugar!

Different Naturopaths employ different tools and modalities, but ultimately they subscribe to the same principles, which include: 

  • The healing power of nature – nature has the innate ability to heal
  • Identify and treat the cause – there is always an underlying cause, be it physical or emotional
  • Do no harm – a Naturopath will never use treatments that may create other conditions
  • Treat the whole person – when preparing a treatment plan, all aspects of a person’s being are taken into consideration
  • The Naturopath as a teacher – a Naturopath empowers the patient to take responsibility for their own health by teaching self-care
  • Prevention is preferable to cure – a Naturopath may remove toxic substances and situations from a patient’s lifestyle to prevent the onset of further disease
  • Health is intended not merely as absence of illness but rather as abundant vitality
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The Origins of Naturopathy

The term ‘naturopathy’, meaning nature cure, was coined in 1892 to describe a rapidly growing system of natural therapeutics that drew from Hippocrates, the Greek philosopher, and the traditional medicines of the world.

Naturopathy draws upon nature’s innate ability to heal, which was first recognized by Hippocrates, around 400 BC. He believed in viewing the whole person in regards to finding a cause of disease, and using the laws of nature to induce cure. It was from this original school of thought that Naturopathy takes its principles.

Naturopathic physicians can work alongside conventional physicians to help advise both patients and physicians.