The theory that the body has the capacity to prevent and heal from diseases without the use of drugs, using techniques such as control of diet, exercise and massage.
The principles of Naturopathy were first used by the Hippocratic School of Medicine in about 400 BC. The Greek philosopher Hippocrates believed in viewing the whole person in regards to finding a cause of disease, and using the laws of nature to induce cure. It was from this original school of thought that Naturopathy takes its principles.
- The healing power of nature - nature has the innate ability to heal
- Identify and treat the cause - there is always an underlying cause, be it physical or emotional
- Do no harm - a Naturopath will never use treatments that may create other conditions
- Treat the whole person - when preparing a treatment plan, all aspects of a person’s being are taken into consideration
- The Naturopath as a teacher - a Naturopath empowers the patient to take responsibility for his/her own health by teaching self-care
- Prevention is better than cure - a Naturopath may remove toxic substances and situations from a patient’s lifestyle to prevent the onset of further disease
An initial consultation with a Naturopath normally takes about an hour and half. During this time, the Naturopath Doctor will ask questions about the person’s condition, medical history, diet and lifestyle, and any conventional treatments that they may be taking. Tongue and nail diagnosis are used to get a better picture of the complete health state of the client. Once all of this information is gathered, a treatment plan is formulated that addresses all areas of the person’s life, providing the body with the optimum chance to heal itself. The treatment plan may include advice on diet, lifestyle, exercise, herbal medicine, Ayurvedic treatments, or other suitable remedies.