Naturopathy is the application of natural therapies, comprising far more than fasting, nutrition, water, and exercise. It includes natural healing practices such as Homeopathy, Acupuncture, and Herbal Medicine, as well as the use of modern methods like Bio-Resonance, Ozone-Therapy, and Colon Hydrotherapy.
At a time when modern technology, environmental pollution, poor diet, and stress play a significant role in the degradation of health, a Naturopath’s ability to apply natural methods of healing is of considerable importance.
Naturopathy has been part of Germany for centuries. Many of the principles and philosophies of naturopathy originated in Germany and Europe in the 16th and 17th century. The original naturopaths – prior to 1900s – from around the world, were trained by European doctors using hydrotherapy, herbal medicine and other traditional forms of healing.
Currently, European countries consider their practice of naturopathy as a system of healthcare that has evolved by incorporating the traditional medicine of each country with the naturopathic principles, theories, modalities and traditions.
What are the benefits Naturopathy?
Some of the most common types of disorders treated using naturopathic medicine are digestive disorders, allergies, headaches, and common colds. Skin conditions may also be treated such as eczema and psoriasis.
They also cover any deep and complex issues where clients may be taking several different medications. They can also provide holistic approaches to treating mental disorders like anxiety and depression.
What does a typical Naturopathy session look like?
An initial naturopathy and nutrition consultation are usually 90 minutes. The naturopath will ask you everything about your health history that you can remember, going back to childhood, including your parent’s health if possible.
Also, they will cover several areas of your health including nutritional deficiencies, food sensitivities, toxicity from the environment, gastrointestinal issues, digestive functioning, and may include hormonal issues.
At the end of this session a large amount of information about your health has been gathered to then build a tailored natural health, nutritional and lifestyle plan covering the key things that you should change.
How do I find a Naturopath that suits me?
As Naturopathy can cover a wide range of methods, it is good to discuss these with a practitioner before your session to see what they commonly offer. Additionally, it may be good to seek out one who is experienced in treating the concerns that you have.
Once you have decided on naturopathy, you can start to build up a list of potential practitioners, to contact prior to scheduling an appointment. Above all, you need to be comfortable with your decision, so it is good to research a little before you book.