Naturopathy is based around six foundational principles.
- First Do No Harm – the patients well being is always considered before any treatment.
- The Healing Power of Nature – nature has an innate ability to heal itself and it strives to do this.
- Find and Treat the Cause – the cause can be physical and emotional fixing the symptoms will not fix the problem.
- Treat the whole person – all aspects of the patient are taken into consideration not just their disease state.
- The Physician is a Teacher – support the patient to gain an understanding of what is happening in their body and how they can maintain and achieve good health.
- Prevention is the best cure – being optimally healthy will give the patient a better chance at resisting disease.
As a modern naturopath I use a combination of scientific evidence as well as traditional wisdom in treating my patients. I also do not see Naturopathy as a singular wellness model or as alternative medicine, I see Naturopathy as a complement to modern medicine.
I believe that effective healthcare needs both of these practices to thrive. Doctors are up against time constraints and are not able to give detailed dietary and lifestyle advice that’s where we can work together to get a favourable outcome with patients.
What does a Naturopath Do?
As a naturopath I sit with patients for 2 initial consultations that take 50 minutes each. I listen to their story about what their health issues are, when they think they first started, what makes their issues better or worse, their family history, we review their body systems, their diet and lifestyle practices which include leisure activities, exercise, sleep patterns, their emotional well being, how they reduce stress and many other things.
Educating patients on how their body works and how food and lifestyle habits fit into their picture is a large part of this process. Together we then work out a treatment plan of what in their present state they can achieve to improve aspects of their health. Generally they are bite size pieces of information that are able to be incorporated into their life immediately.
Herbs, supplements and dietary advice are also part of the treatment plan, generally herbs and supplements are short term (depending on severity of illness) but some dietary changes may need to be long term depending on the health concerns. Treatments plans are followed up on an ongoing basis until we achieve the patients’ ultimate outcome.
I never diagnose conditions or illnesses. Referrals to other practitioners may also be suggested. This may include doctors, dentists, osteopaths, acupuncturists, massage therapist and the list goes on. With some clients a combination of practitioners achieve the outcomes they are looking for. Testing may also be needed depending on the condition.
I am committed to my patients’ success to improve their health and will offer all the tools I have available to me but the real work comes from the patient to ensure they get the level of health and vitality to live a healthy life. I am often inspired by sick patients who have such commitment to change their lifestyle to improve their health.
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