Naturopathic Medicine, or Naturopathy, is a practice of preventing, assessing and treating conditions ofthe human mind and body. By integrating conventional health sciences with a range of natural therapies and traditional medicines, naturopathy treats the patients 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 lifestyle that supports health and wellbeing.
Benefits of Naturopathy
A Naturopath is trained to employ safe and effective natural therapies that will support and stimulate the healing power of nature in the gentlest, least invasive and most efficient manner possible. Naturopaths use a range of methods to assist in the healing process including iridology and massage.
"The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of the health or removal and annihilation of the disease in its whole extent, in the shortest, most reliable and most harmless way on easily comprehensible principles". - Samuel Hahnemann, founder of Homoeopathy. "The long-term benefit of homoeopathy to the patient is that it not only alleviates the present symptoms but it re-establishes internal order at the deepest levels and thereby provides a lasting cure". - George Vithoulkas, Director, Athenian School of Homoeopathic Medicine. Homoeopathy is a low-cost, nontoxic system of medicine. The system of homoeopathic healing assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. It recognises that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person and that it is the patient who needs treatment not the disease. These are three principles upon which homoeopathy is formulated:
Like cures like (Law of Similars): Any substance that can produce the symptoms of an illness in a healthy human being can cure those same symptoms in a sick human being.
The more dilute the remedy, the greater its potency (Law of the Infinitesimal Dose): Homoeopathic remedies are usually prepared through a process of diluting with pure water or alcohol and succussing (vigorous shaking) such that the more dilute a substance gets the more potent it becomes.
An illness is specific to the Individual (a holistic model): Homoeopaths consult compendiums called repertories to determine the remedy that most closely matches the patients symptoms.
Homoeopathic remedies are drug compounds made by homoeopathic pharmacies consisting of plants, minerals and animal extracts. Remedies (usually in liquid, tablet or powder form) are prescribed in accordance with a patient's symptoms and health conditions while individual characteristics such as emotion and physical conditions are also taken into account.
Conditions benefited by homoeopathy includes:
mental or emotional disorders
At the outset of homoeopathic treatment, your homoeopath will need to know all about you in order to find the right remedy for you as an individual. This will include past medical history, lifestyle and any general complaints. This initial consultation may last an hour or more and will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
Herbal medicine is still the first choice in many cultures, being successfully used for thousands of years. Every culture has its own style of Herbalism. Herbalist prepare unique treatments, after consultations with clients that will include discussion about lifestyle, medical history and nutrition. Western Herbalists use only whole plants or plants parts in their preparations but other modalities such as TCM, can also include animal or mineral products. Clients may be treated through the use of teas, capsules and tablets extracts and tinctures, essential oils and various other herbal preparations.
Herbs contain large amounts of naturally occurring chemicals that have biological activity and compounds from plants that are used to produce reliable pharmaceutical drugs. Herbalism does however support holistic treatment, with prevention of disease being as important as the treatment of a particular illness. Another benefit of choosing herbal medicines is that a profound transformation in health can be achieved, without the danger of the inherent side effects common in drug-based medication.
Conditions which may benefit by herbal medicines, include a wide range of minor ailments such as:
The common Colds and Flu
Other conditions that respond well to herbal remedies are:
Digestive disorders such as Peptic Ulcers
Colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Rheumatic and Arthritic Conditions
Chronic skin conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis
Anxiety and tension related stress
Bronchitis and other respiratory conditions
An initial consultation with will take from 1 to 1.5 hours and several follow up sessions are usually required. Herbal products are an important part of health care but self prescribing is not advisable, as even the safest herb can interact with other medications. A consultation with a professional Herbalist, Homoeopath or Naturopath is recommended. Call Vivienne directly for Naturopathy appointments, Health Fund Rebates available 0404 505 235