Whole Health with Naturopathy
Even though Naturopathy has come of age and is now considered to be a viable alternative to western style conventional medicine, there’s still a bit of confusion regarding what it is and if it is effective.
Since the onslaught of conventional medical practices in the last 2 centuries, the essence of naturopathy was cast aside in favour of symptom based medicine. Conventional medicine has traditionally made diagnosis of illnesses based on symptoms and prescribed treatments (often drugs) to fix the symptoms.
However in the last 30 years the value of alternative medical therapies like naturopathy have been studied and embraced by more and more conventional Medical Practitioners. Nearly every suburb and town in Australia now has a medical practice that offers both types of medicine. In fact we’ve seen many instances of conventional medical doctors studying and earning qualifications in alternative therapies like naturopathy or acupuncture.
What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is the practice of preventing, assessing and treating conditions of the human body and mind. 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.
There are really only a few basic causes of all disease. Conventional medicine has over ten thousand names for various diseases, but these are merely symptomatic descriptions. Every single one of them is based on one of the following three causes:
- The body (or the mind) doesn’t have something it needs, such as nutrition, oxygen, air, sunlight, love, sleep, etc.
- The body (or mind) has too much of something it can’t use or is toxic.
- The body (or mind) doesn’t have the proper flow, either energetically or physically. This means it cannot remove metabolic waste products, nourish cells with fresh blood, or neurologically respond to a stimulus.
A naturopath will investigate the root causes of disease: your exposure to toxic chemicals, your levels of chronic stress and the health of your relationships, your level of physical exercise, and your exposure to sunlight, fresh air and fresh water, among other factors. These are simple causative factors, but when they are out of balance, deficient, or present in excess, they combine to create all the different biochemical problems.
But treating disease is a wasted effort if it remains focused on the symptoms. Preventing disease is like doing basic maintenance on your car or house; it’s something you have to do routinely to prevent problems from occurring.
How Will You be Treated?
At your initial appointment, our Naturopath Bernhard will take between 1-2 hours to review your medical history and general lifestyle to determine the best naturopathic treatment regimen for your individual needs.
The prescribed treatment may involve the use of 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.