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What is Naturopathy?

Definition of naturopathy

Naturopathy is a system of healthcare that maintains that the body has an innate ability to heal itself if given the right foods and environment.

It is a holistic approach which promotes a general state of wellbeing through dietary principles, lifestyle, exercise and other techniques.

Naturopathy can be effective for a wide range of acute or chronic medical conditions as well as for individuals who recognise the importance of living well.  A naturopath will use gentle but effective techniques to seek to bring an ill or injured patient back to his or her natural state of good health.

Naturopathic Nutrition promotes the use of whole and organic foods as medicine. This is an integral concept of healing in many indigenous societies around the world. For many a return to chemical-free foods, along with other dietary measures, is an effective treatment for many health complaints and common conditions.

Core philosophies

  • Naturopathy embraces the healing power of nature and the body’s ability to heal itself.
  • Naturopathy respects the connection between the structural, biochemical and mental/emotional components of all  individuals referred to as the Triad of Health.  If one of these components is disrupted, then the body will become imbalanced and might experience ill health or dis-ease.
  • Naturopathy recognises that all individuals are unique. Given this, each of us responds differently to emotional, structural, nutritional, social and cultural influences.

Definition of disease

Naturopathy advocatees that the human body is innately well.  It is natural that we should have good health so that physically and emotionally we are “at ease”.

Many therapies believe that illness and disease emerge when the body passes out of this innate wellbeing because of physical, nutritional or emotional stress.  The body enters a state of imbalance and this often leads to ill health or “dis-ease”; the body is no longer “at ease”.

One of the primary goals of any naturopathic treatment is to restore the patient to their original and innate state of wellbeing.