A Naturopath is a health & wellness practitioner who believes in harnessing the natural power of the body to heal itself, through natural and holistic means. They assume that the body naturally strives for wellness and stability and that with a little support, the body will maintain a state of good health. To achieve this balance a naturopath places emphasis on preventative medicine and the importance of a healthy diet, clean fresh water, sunlight, exercise and stress management.
Naturopathy places a heavy focus on preventative medicine and at getting to the root cause of a problem, rather than treating the symptoms alone. In order to better determine your underlying health issues your naturopath will want to know about your diet, lifestyle, family background and environment, as well as the history of your illness or complaint. This information is important your naturopath who seeks to discover the cause of the illness and treat you as a whole person, rather than the symptoms you present.
They may also choose from a number of health screening tools in their assessment. These can range from standard pathology testing to iridology, salivary hormones, hair analysis, live blood analysis, kinesiology and much more.
Naturopathy is a holistic approach to health and can be both preventative and curative. Your naturopath will aim to first minimise any acute symptoms or discomfort you may be experiencing, then support your body’s capacity to self-heal, re-balance your body so that illness is less likely to occur in the future and finally educate you to look after your own health.
Depending on your individual needs your naturopath will recommend an individual treatment plan tailored just for you. They may choose from a range of natural therapies and treatments including nutritional supplements, diet plan, herbal remedies, homoeopathy, massage therapies, counselling and more.
Naturopaths are capable of supporting your body to assist with a wide range of chronic and acute health conditions. These can range from acne, eczema, chronic fatigue, arthritis, digestive complaints, hormonal imbalances, natural fertility and many more.
Dietary requirements will vary from person to person. A naturopath is able to tailor a diet program specific to your needs. These may be wheat free, dairy free, vegetarian, weight loss, detoxification and many more.
You can expect to feel significantly healthier as a result of the diet and lifestyle changes your practitioner will recommend. You may also see vast improvements in your digestion, energy levels, and all of your body systems. In the long term you can look forward to a healthier and more active life.