What is Naturopathy?
The fundamental philosophy of naturopathy is that given the right support and conditions for healing, the body in it’s innate wisdom knows how to heal itself. Symptoms are the body’s language that something is out of balance and needs to be addressed. Naturopathy is the use of several natural ‘tools’ to support and stimulate this process. The tools include diet and lifestyle modification, prescription of herbal medicines, nutritional supplements, flower essences and counseling where necessary.
An important underlying principle of Naturopathy is the recognition that the body operates as a complete system, that nothing can be separated out of the whole. Everything is interconnected. All the components of the body influence and communicate with each other, and are influenced by the external circumstances and the physical environment we live in. The quality of diet, nutrient levels, sleep, degree of stress and exposure to environmental toxicity are all things that affect our health and wellbeing. Likewise, any beneficial changes made will affect the body in its entirety.
A significant amounts of stress is experienced by most people in our current society. Reducing and managing the amount of stress experienced is an important focus, as part of an overall treatment plan. It may not be directly perceived by the client as stress, however it affects the body as one. Nutrient deficiencies, inadequate rest, insufficient exercise, environmental toxicity, chronic illness and emotional issues are all perceived by the body as stressors; and can all be positively addressed with the Naturopathic approach.
What does Naturopathy help with?
The conditions and health concerns I typically assist clients with include digestion, stress, sleep difficulty, diet, menopause and other hormonal issues, allergies, energy/fatigue, immunity and skin complaints.
My aim as a Naturopath is to educate and support clients to make the changes necessary to restore health and vitality. It is a process of empowering a client to reclaim their own ability to heal and take command of their health, to listen to their body, understand their body’s messages and to make appropriate changes where necessary. The best results are seen when we work together towards the best outcomes for your health.