What is a naturopath.
Naturopathy or naturopathic medicine is a form of alternative medicine employing a wide array of "natural" treatments, including homeopathy, herbalism, and acupuncture, as well as diet (nutrition) and lifestyle counseling. Naturopaths favor a holistic approach and non invasive procedures.
Why see a naturopath?
For a natural health care approach for you and the whole family.
Taking a wholistic approach to health care is the best way to ensure the health and longevity of your family. Working on all levels of health means that you get to know yourself and your practitioner gets to know you well also. We believe this connection is important for correct prescribing and fostering true health and well being in all aspects of the individuals life.
On going monitoring of your supplements and prescriptions is another benefit to a naturopathic consultation and is crucial for safe use of herbal prescriptions.
The foundation of naturopathy is that the body has built-in healing abilities. Instead of focusing on specific diseases, a naturopath focuses on the whole person, taking into account the physical, emotional, environmental, energetic and spiritual aspects of wellness.
A naturopath uses naturally occurring medicines to treat disorders, recommends dietary or lifestyle changes to help prevent disease and offers complementary medical advice.
Naturopathic Medicine, or Naturopathy, is based on the belief that the body can heal itself. Naturopaths believe the body has the ability to repair itself and recover from illness if it is supported by a healthy environment.
Naturopaths aid and support that healing process by incorporating a variety of alternative health methods based solely on the needs of the individual. These methods and treatments rely exclusively on natural remedies, such as sunlight, fresh air, water, a healthy diet, herbs and nutritional supplementation.
Moreover, most Naturopaths have extensive training and schooling in natural therapies, like nutrition, hydrotherapy, herbs, plants/flowers and massage, just to name a few.
In order to become a qualified naturopath, students must complete at least a 3 year advanced diploma or bachelor degree program and a designated number of hours of supervised clinical practice. Finally, the student can apply for acceptance into one or more of the recognised New Zealand or international naturopathy associations to become entitled to enter into professional clinical practice. While becoming a naturopath requires a serious commitment of time and money, study is flexible and students can apply for NZQA funding.
Naturopathic medicine follows a number of key principles:
The healing power of nature: The body has an inherent ability to maintain and restore health. Naturopathic physicians facilitate this healing process by removing obstacles to cure and identifying treatments to enhance healing.
Identify and treat the cause: Naturopathic physicians treat the underlying causes of illness rather than just the symptoms of disease. Symptoms are an external manifestation of an internal imbalance due to any combination of physical, mental, or emotional causes. Symptom management may be important, but it is more important not to disregard the underlying cause of disease.
First do no harm: A naturopathic treatment plan uses therapies that are gentle, non-invasive, effective, and do not have adverse side effects. A conscious effort is made to use methods that do not suppress symptoms.
Doctor as teacher: The Latin root of doctor is docere, which means "to teach." The primary role of naturopathic physicians is educating, empowering, and motivating patients to assume more personal responsibility for their health by adopting a healthy attitude, lifestyle, and diet. Thomas Edison once said, "The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest patients in the maintenance of the human frame, in diet, and in the prevention of disease." It is more effective to teach than treat patients.
Treat the whole person: Naturopathic physicians identify specific weaknesses or dysfunctions in their patients and tailor treatment based upon the patient's individual presentation. It is the patient that is in need of treatment, not the disease state or symptom. Naturopathic physicians are interested in finding and treating characteristic symptoms that define the patient rather than common symptoms that define the disease. William Osler, MD, once said, "It is more important to know what sort of patient has a disease rather than what sort of disease a patient has."
Prevention: It is far easier and cheaper to prevent a disease than to treat a disease. Naturopathic physicians evaluate both subjective and objective information necessary to uncover potential susceptibilities to future disease states in their patients. They can discuss specific lifestyle strategies or nutritional supplementation as a means for disease prevention.
How can naturopathic medicine benefit your health and wellbeing?
NaturopathNaturopathic physicians are often successful at treating chronic conditions that don't respond to conventional medicine. This includes, but is not limited to: fatigue, pain, sleep disturbance, and digestive disorders. They are able to respond to the individual needs of patients and develop a treatment plan that includes nutritional supplements, botanical medicine, and diet therapy.
Naturopathic physicians understand the art of healing, which is more than dispensing an herbal remedy or nutritional supplement. To understand the context of a patient's illness, the physician must take the time to listen to the patient's story. Effective naturopathic treatment requires patience and good communication. Most patients know what is wrong and what needs to be done, but they don't know how to translate this into an action plan. The naturopathic physician can translate the patient's story and assign priorities among the several options that may emerge. They also take time to answer the patient's questions.
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