What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy, or naturopathic medicine, is an approach to health care which aims to promote, restore and maintain health and is based on the healing power of nature. Naturopathy is a holistic system, meaning that naturopaths strive to find the cause of disease by understanding the body, mind, and spirit of the person. Most naturopaths use a variety of therapies and techniques (such as nutrition, exercise and behaviour change, herbal medicine and homeopathy).

There are two areas of focus in naturopathy: one is supporting the body’s own healing abilities, and the other is empowering people to make lifestyle changes necessary for the best possible health. While naturopaths treat both short bouts of illness and chronic conditions, their emphasis is on preventing disease and educating patients.

Registered naturopaths are qualified and registered by the General Naturopathic Council.

What to expect from visiting an Naturopath:

1. Your first visit may take up to one hour. The naturopath will take a very thorough history, asking about amongst other things your diet, lifestyle, stress, and environmental exposures. Next, the naturopath will do a physical examination and may require laboratory tests. In addition to more conventional tests, naturopaths may use unique laboratory techniques, including the Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA), food intolerance and allergy tests, hormone and stress tests. These tests allow naturopaths to examine physiological processes and identify areas of imbalance.

Naturopaths aim to get to the root of the problem and treat the whole person. A naturopath will look at your mental, emotional, and spiritual state; your diet; your family history; your environment; and your lifestyle before suggesting changes to boost your vitality.

2.  Subsequent visits may take up to an hour, although some will be 30 minutes depending on what needs doing.

3.  Some of the more common treatments used by a Naturopath include:

• Nutritional counselling

• Herbal medicine

• Homeopathic medicine

• Hydrotherapy (water therapy)- These therapies include drinking natural spring water, taking special baths, alternating hot and cold applications, and water exercise, all of which are thought to stimulate healing and strengthen the immune system.

• Physical medicine — This natural approach to healing involves using touch, massage and often osteopathic techniques, hot and cold compresses, electric currents, and sound waves to manipulate the muscles, bones, and spine.

• Detoxification — This therapy helps the removal of toxins from the body by fasting, sometimes using enemas and colonic irrigation, using nutritional and herbal formulas and drinking good quality water.

• Spirituality — Personal spiritual development is encouraged as part of an overall health program.

Naturopaths consider patients to be participants in their health care, so you will be asked to make positive lifestyle changes, such as changing your sleeping, eating, and exercise habits.

For more information on consultation fees, or to book an appointment, please contact Claire on07715502656 or 01983 616009 

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