Well, let's just say I didn't make things easy for myself when I chose my profession. Not due to the difficulties of studying (which by the way was actually bloody hard) but more so figuring out the best way to explain to friends, family and my potential clients (Grandpa still doesn't get it) exactly what it is I do!
So I've pulled together this little post to help explain it.
WHAT IS NATUROPATHY
Naturopathy is a complete system of health care whereby all aspects of the human mind, body and spirit are in some way addressed to heal and nourish the body. The foundational principles of this practise include:
1. The Healing Power of Nature - Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
2. Identify and Treat the Causes - Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
3. First Do No Harm - Utilise the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
4. Doctor as Teacher - Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
5. Treat the Whole Person - View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.
6. Prevention - Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NATUROPATHY AND WESTERN MEDICINE
Let it be said straight from me, I am not against allopathic/Western medicine. There is a place for both modalities and so many in between!
Naturopaths focus on the whole body, we identify links between body systems which may indicate a bigger issue. For example, if we can see that your liver is sluggish, your digestion is flat and your PMS is through the roof this may indicate a backed up liver resulting in recycled oestrogen that is causing hormonal imbalances.
We treat these imbalances with nutritional and herbal supplementation as well as diet and lifestyle recommendations.
Doctors may look at your condition differently and can often prescribe pharmaceuticals to treat symptoms however they do not always treat the root cause and can come with nasty side effects.
A CAVEAT: There are some conditions that naturopaths are not qualified to treat. While we can support cancer patients, people with depression and other chronic illness, these conditions are always best treated by an integrative allopathic doctor who has a sound knowledge of both western and traditional medicine.
HOW DO NATUROPATHS TREAT CLIENTS?
Naturopaths will sit with a client for at least an hour and ask them questions about their diet, lifestyle, bowel habits, skin, mood, reproductive systems, physical ailments social habits. This gives us a whole and complete picture of your health and your life.
We will then go forward and recommend diet, lifestyle and supplemental changes that can help you achieve your health goals. But it doesn't end there. Once you're on your merry way we love you to check in whenever you're feeling like you need some guidance, a check up or to progress further with any health goals.
So there you have it, a short little synopsis on what we're all about. Perhaps I'll send this to my grandpa...