What is Naturopathy?
A natural health practitioner
A Naturopath is a health practitioner who applies all natural therapies based upon a holistic framework (mind – body – spirit) to help restore balance and health back to the body without the use of standard drugs or surgery.
Naturopathic medicine is based around the study and celebration of nature’s healing powers. It can be regarded as old as healing itself and still as new as today’s medical breakthroughs. That’s because it is a dynamic philosophy that recognises the interconnection and interdependence of all living things. It utilises the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies to treat illness and to promote wellness by viewing the body as an integrated whole.
A Naturopath works with the principal that there is a vital force (energy field) which influences the body’s life forces. These life forces work to heal through cleansing, nourishing and repairing the body to create a state of positive health. Stresses in our life whether physical, mental or spiritual, ultimately block the flow of this vital force flow in the body. The symptoms which arise in the body are simply a sign indicating that it’s striving to restore health and is struggling to so. Therefore, a naturopath’s role is to determine the root cause of these symptoms/imbalances and support the clients healing processes towards health.
The tools available to a Naturopath are typically as follows:
- Detoxification programmes
- Bach flower remedies
- Bodywork (posture)
- Tissue salts
- and lifestyle advice.
Naturopathic medicine is defined by principles rather than by methods or modalities. Above all, it honors the body’s innate wisdom to heal. The principles of naturopathy are fundamental to how we approach our consultations at Higher Healing in a safe, responsible and caring way.
The naturopathic principles are as a follows:
1. There is a vital force (Medicatrix Naturae)
There is a vital force (also known as a Life Force) that, given the right conditions, will help self-heal and self-correct. It is important to recognise that the body has it’s own innate healing capacity which is stimulated by factors which promote health and suppressed by excesses and deficiencies.
2. Treat the person as a whole (Tolle totum)
This holisitc principle recognises the body as a integrative whole and the importance of healing all elements of a person for true healing to occur. A naturopathic consultation with look at an individual’s physical (body), mental and emotional (mind), beliefs (soul) as well as lifestyle, nutritional status, family history (genes) and other environmental factors.
3. Treat the individual; not the symptoms
A naturopath will look to treat the individual in front of him, not the disease. Linked to the principle above, symptoms should not to be treated in isolation but in context of the individual as a whole. For this reason, our practitioners will tailor each naturopathic nutrition and lifestyle plan specifically to the person in front of them.
4. First do no harm (Primum non noerce)
The principle that a naturopath follows by is that of ‘First Do No Harm’. The thought process behind this is to first look at the most non-invasive and least toxic treatments necessary for the individual in order to support their symptoms. The human body has an amazing innate ability to heal itself if we give it the right tools without the need for more serious interventions.
5. Identify and treat the root causes; not the branches (Tolle causam)
This is all about getting to the root cause of symptoms rather than treating the branches. Too often treatments can be provided which only stop the symptoms rather than the root cause underlying those symptoms. A naturopath will always be looking determine the root cause.
6. Prevention is preferable to cure (Praevenic)
As a naturopath prevention is the preferred to supporting the treatment of diseases. Too often many of us wait until the symptoms have progressed into a chronic conditions before seeking help. An individual at any stage of their health should be looking towards optimising to their health and wellbeing in order the prevent disease onset.