Naturopathy is a distinct and complete system of health care – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual It may be considered both an art and a science as today’ naturopaths use scientific evidence as well as traditional knowledge in practice. Naturopathy is particularly well suited to preventive medicine.
They are able to respond to the individual needs of patients and develop a treatment plan that could include nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, flower essences, homeopathy and diet therapy, all gentle methods to restoring health.
Six principles are kept in mind when a naturopath takes your case and develops a treatment plan as well as offering maintenance for long term good health.
- First, Do No Harm (Primum non nocere)
- The Healing Power of Nature (Vis medicatrix naturae)
- Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle causam)
- Education (Docere)
- Treat the Whole Person (Tolle totum)
- Prevention (Praevenic)
Naturopathy seeks to use the natural healing powers of the body to cure itself. It focusses on treating the cause of a disease rather than the symptoms themselves. Naturopathy is not an alternative to modern medicine but is used by people as an additional therapy or alternative for some non-life threating medical conditions.
Here we chat with Isabel, naturopath at Elements Yoga and Wellness:
What does a Naturopath do?
A naturopath aims to bring an individual back to a homeostatic state by reaching internal stability. Whole body equilibrium may be achieved through the use of dietary advice, herbal medicines, and nutrient supplementation alongside lifestyle changes. Naturopaths treat both acute and chronic conditions. Naturopathic care is well suited to anyone at any age. Naturopaths have many answers for common conditions. Naturopaths use various modalities in their practice. These may include: herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, homeopathy, dietary and lifestyle advice, massage therapy or other therapies.
Why would I see a naturopath? What areas does it particularly help?
You can see a naturopath for many different health concerns. Some examples include;
- Gastrointestinal concerns
- Increasing energy
- Fertility & male and female reproductive health
- Stress reduction
- Improving sleep
- Boost immune function
- Weight loss
- Sports Nutrition
- Children’s health
- Skin concerns
What should I expect when I see a Naturopath?
An initial consultation with a naturopath will generally take around about an hour. During this time a naturopath will aim to identify the underlying cause of concern by investigating lifestyle, family history, diet, stress, sleep, bowel habits and past medical history. The information gained as a means of putting all the pieces of the puzzle together and make sense of why the existing concern/s exists in the first place. Herbal medicines (in tablet or liquid form) and/or nutritional supplements are recommended to regain, restore and replenish complete wellness again.
Removing insults or triggers contributing to the concern is also advised, which may include lifestyle, environmental and dietary changes. Education on making these changes is essential in any given treatment plan. It is more than likely your treatment with a Naturopath will require more than one visit. Reassessing the treatment plan is important in order to track your progress to better health. Observing an individual’s progress is rewarding, knowing a client won’t be returning due to a beneficial outcome is more rewarding.
What a Naturopath doesn’t do
It is important to note a Naturopath isn’t a Medical Doctor. A Naturopath’s qualifications does not and should not allow them to diagnose any health conditions. If a Naturopath suspects a particular disease/condition then appropriate investigative and functional tests should be ordered via a General Practitioner or Laboratory. If the presenting condition is severe and out of scope of Naturopathic practice then a referral to another health practitioner is warranted.
It is unethical practice for a Naturopath to intervene with Doctor’s advice or pharmaceutical prescriptions. Authority should be given by the client (if necessary) in order for a Naturopath to communicate with and inform other health practitioners of any given naturopathic treatment plan.
People assume Naturopaths do not agree with conventional medicine. In my opinion conventional medicine plays a vital role within the health sector particularly emergency situations. In my ideal world working alongside Doctor’s and other health professionals collaboratively would benefit everyone involved, particularly the patient.
What do you need to consider when finding a practitioner?
Your chosen naturopath should be accredited with training minimum of an Advanced Diploma and many have Bachelor’s degrees and beyond. Naturopaths offer the public significant health support providing millions and millions of consultations with good outcomes across the nation and is rising in popularity each year. Naturopaths work alongside your GP or other health professional to offer you the best patient-centred care.
What do you love most about what you do?
Personally, I particularly enjoy the time allowed to me to investigate what is truly going on within an individual’s health situation. It is such a privilege to be a partner in another’s journey to wellness.
To find out more or book your naturopathy consultation with Isabel visit elementsyogaandwellness.com.au