The roots of naturopathy can brace its origins back to the ancient healing traditions of Europe, where it has evolved from early Greek medical philosophy. Since then it has expanded and incorporates scientific understanding from modern sources.
Naturopathy holds to the belief that under the right circumstances and conditions the body is able to recover from illness and heal itself.
A range of treatments are used to stimulate the bodies natural healing powers.
- Herbal Medicine
The foundation of Naturopathy include fresh water, diet, exercise,sunlight and stress management are now being adopted by conventional medicine, where it is being recognised as an effective treatment of a variety of disorders.
Prevention is better than cure
Naturopathy holds firm to the proverb “Prevention is better than cure”. Thus the focal point of Naturopathy centers around prevention as well as early detection of a person’s likelihood (predisposition) of health problems arising.
Naturopathy aims to:
- Minimise acute symptoms
- Support the body’s natural ability to heal itself
- Balance the system to minimise the chances of the illness re-occuring
- Educate the patient on how to look after their health.
In order to achieve this, the naturopath will require the following information;
- Diet/ food diary for the week
- Family History
- Medical History
This allows the naturopath to make an informed analysis, enabling a holisitic treatment regime as opposed to just targeting the symptoms alone.
In conjunction with the comprehensive consultation the naturopath may employ further assessment techniques which may include;
- Hair mineral analysis