Naturopathy is a system of holistic healthcare that integrates scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. It seeks to stimulate and facilitate the person's inherent healing mechanisms and attempts to establish and treat the cause of conditions, not merely the presenting problem. It acknowledges the uniqueness of each individual thereby treating the whole person, not just the local area which may seem to be affected.
Naturopathic practice thus follows a holistic approach to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of a wide range of acute and chronic health conditions. It employes a diversity of therapies to improve the health of an individual and community. These therapies include but are not limited to herbal medicine,homeopathic medicine, clinical nutrition, mind/body therapies, energy healing therapies, traditional healing arts and body therapies as they relate to patient care and case management.
A consultation includes a health and lifestyle assessment consisting of a detailed appraisal of your past and present health history, your family history, your occupation, diet and lifestyle. A naturopathic consultation includes various diagnostic techniques such as iridology to identify factors contributing to your health symptoms. Based on this, an individual remedy is prescribed and a treatment plan is formulated for you at the end of the consultation. At times a recommendation for further blood tests or hair tissue mineral analysis may be given. Your treatment may involve dietary changes, herbal medicines, homotoxicology remedies, flower essences, nutritional supplements, mind/energy therapies or bodywork.
A follow up consultation is important to monitor your progress and to adjust your treatment plan accordingly. A six week gap between appointments allows time for your remedies to take effect. However other therapies such as bodywork may be utilized during this time to facilitate healing.
How many? This depends on each person, their symptoms, the length of time they have had their health conditions and their co-operation. Some patients only require 2 consultations, others require several which are spaced out over time. Recommendations are provided to enable you to maintain your progress over the course of visits. It is important to note that achieving the benefits from your treatment plan requires your co-operation. The responsibility for your health ultimately lies with you.
Some of the common health conditions natural medicine can help with are;
Asthma & Bronchitis
Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis
Anxiety & Depression
Arthritis & Muscular pain
Bowel & digestive problems such as IBS, constipation, diarrhea
Allergies & Immunity
Fertility, Preconception, endometriosis
PMT, PCOS & Menopause
Hayfever, Cold sores
Coughs, Colds & Infections
Headaches & Migraines
Sinus & Ear problems
Stress related symptoms
Men, Women & Children's health