Naturopathy evolved out of the ancient healing traditions of Europe, with its roots firmly grounded in early Greek medical philosophy. Naturopathy is increasingly being recognised by mainstream medicine as a valuable and effective system for treating a variety of disorders.
Naturopathy is guided by six foundational principles, including:
- The healing power of nature
- First do no harm
- Find and treat the cause, not only the symptom
- Always treat the whole person, not only their disease
Naturopathy maintains that the body can heal itself if it is given the right circumstances and conditions allowing the body to restore to a state of homeostasis. To achieve this state of balance your naturopath will customise a range of treatments or therapies to stimulate the body’s own healing ability. Treatment may include nutritional medicine, dietetics, herbal medicine, homoeopathy, lifestyle advice and tactile therapies, such as remedial treatments, acupressure and kinesiology.
Many of the foundations of naturopathy – such as the importance of diet, clean fresh water, sunlight, exercise and stress management are prinicples of the nature cure model which have now been adopted by conventional medicine.
Early detection and prevention of health issues
Naturopathy has a strong focus on the prevention of health issues and the early detection of a person’s likelihood of developing a health disorder (predisposition). Naturopathy is also very effective at treating acute and chronic health issues.
Naturopathy aims to:
- Minimise symptoms
- Support the body’s vital force (its capacity to self-heal)
- Re-balance the system so that illness is less likely to occur in the future
- Educate the patient to look after their own health and the health of their family
Commonly treated disorders
Naturopathic principles may be applied to almost any health concern, acute (eg. colds and flu) or chronic. Chronic conditions may particularly benefit because of their connection to diet and lifestyle behaviours.
The following conditions generally respond well to Naturopathic treatment;
Female reproductive problems such as endometriosis, menopausal symptoms, premenstrual syndrome, and polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue
- Skin disoders
- Mood disorders and depression
- Allergies and sensitivities
- Behavioural problems
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Musculoskeletal complaints such as arthritis
- Cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) problems
- High blood pressure
- Fertility problems - Male & Female
- Endocrine disturbance
- Hormonal imbalances, such as premenstrual tension and menopause
Assessment by our naturopath
At Body Belief Therapies your naturopath will want to know about your diet, lifestyle, family background and environment, as well as the history of your illness or complaint. This information is important to us so your naturopath can discover the cause of the complaint, not just treat the symptom . You are treated as a whole person not just the sum of your disorder or symptoms.
As well as taking a detailed health history, our naturopath may use other diagnostic techniques, such as:
- Blood analysis
- Stool and urine analysis
- Hair analysis
- Functional testing
- Iris analysis
Treatment by our naturopath
Our naturopath employs a range of non-invasive techniques and these include (but are not limited to):
- Nutrition and dietary advice – one of naturopathy’s foundations. A poor diet stops the body from functioning well and a build up of toxins can lead to a range of illnesses. Whole, fresh and unprocessed foods are recommended
- Herbal medicine – herbs are as potent as pharmaceutical drugs and can be used to great effect
- Homeopathy – homeopathic treatments are used to stimulate the immune system
- Hydrotherapy (water therapy) – another foundation of naturopathy. For instance, the use of hot and cold compresses might be used for certain conditions to influence the flow of blood and body heat
- Physical therapies – such as Remedial therapies, Sports therapies, Bowen, Acupressure & Myotherapy
- Kinesiology - is used to balance the muscoskleteal, nutritional and emotional systems of the body
- Counselling techniques – emotional problems and stress can interfere with the healing process. Counselling techniques can include stress management strategies and life coaching.
A list of common complaints our patients attend Body Belief Therapies for can be found under "Conditions" on this site.
If you have any questions feel free to contact Body Belief Therapies through the contact page on this site.