Naturopathy is a system of health care which encourages the body to use its self healing mechanisms (it's Vital Force) through a variety of methods:
- Cleansing and fasting
- Sunshine/fresh air
- Massage and relaxation
Naturopathy is about treating the whole person (physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually).
By improving general health and vitality, the body is encouraged to prevent the onset of disease. Prevention is by far preferable to cure.
Underlying causes of dysfunction (illness) is sought to be identified. The cause of the problem is treated rather than the symptoms. Furthermore, the person rather than the disease is treated.
Every person is individual with a unique genetic profile, different constitution, blood type, etc. The way they react emotionally and physically is unique.
The causative factors of the body's disturbance is identified in a number of ways which include case history taking, observation of tongue, nails and other general observations, and occasionally by clinical and laboratory tests. Naturopathic advice would be offered on:
- How the patient became unwell
- What is keeping them unwell
- How they can recover their health
- How they can stay well
The aim is to empower the client to take responsibility for their own health.
During the treatment I take many details on general health, past and present, emotional state, stress levels, past and present illnesses and health of your family. I concentrate on the main issues, and find that often, emotional stress and physical symptoms are linked. Often, again, diet can trigger emotional and physical manifestations. Weight gain, fatigue, lethargy, aches and pains have underlying causes, which, when addressed, will heal. Sources of environmental and metabolic toxins must be identified and reduced. Gradual detoxification will encourage the body to become calm, energized and able to deal with life. Inflammation causes weight gain and systemic conditions which affect all organs of the body. I aim to identify and encourage elimination of underlying causes of pain and inflammation.
Here is a link to the General Naturopathic Council Website explaining naturopathy: http://www.gncouncil.co.uk/3/About-Naturopathy.html.