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What is Naturopathy?

Ever wondered what NATUROPATHY is? Naturopathic Medicine, or Naturopathy, is a practice of preventing, assessing and treating conditions of the human mind and body. By integrating conventional health sciences with a range of natural therapies and traditional medicines, naturopathy treats the patient's mental, emotional and physical states for a lasting effect. The foundation of Naturopathy is the philosophy of the "healing power of nature". This means that the body has its own healing energy within and with the help of naturopathic treatment, the body can repair itself and recover from illness if it is in a healthy and supportive environment. The Role of the Naturopath A Naturopath aims to educate, empower and motivate the patient to assume more personal responsibility for his or her health by adopting a healthy attitude, lifestyle and diet. They do not simply treat the manifestation of a disease and its effects but rather search for the cause and treat it, rather than the effect. Prevention of disease is accomplished through naturopathic education which builds a lifestyle that supports health and well being. All current Naturopathic practice is based in scientific evidence gathered since the early 1990's and into the current day with universities, supplement manufacturers, biochemists and even physicists. Ethnobiologists have made advancements with gathering the studies on traditional plant use for medicine to bring a technical edge to current herbal medicine practice. A Naturopath is trained to employ natural therapies in a safe and effective way, that will support and stimulate the healing power of your own body in the gentlest, least invasive and most efficient manner possible. Naturopaths use a range of methods to assist in the healing process including herbal medicine, nutrition – diet and lifestyle recommendations, vitamins and minerals, flower essences, homeopathy, hair, tongue, and nail analysis, iridology and massage. The individual is viewed and treated in naturopathic medicine as a whole, composed of a complex interaction of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and other factors. Thus patients suffering from everyday colds as well as some more serious, chronic conditions such as allergies and heartburn may benefit from naturopathic treatment. An initial appointment with a Naturopath will take between 1-3 hours because we listen to you! We understand the time it takes to investigate a complete medical history and general lifestyle review. Together with you Naturopath a treatment plan will be developed, suited to your individual needs. Diagnostic procedures such as physical exams, blood and urine analysis may be required in order to establish a treatment and health-promoting program. Naturopathy is suitable for everyone, from infants to the aged. When you see media and politicians speaking about Naturopathy, please filter the dis-information being spread about this system through the information I have provided above. For further information please contact your local Naturopath

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