Naturopathy Simply Means Treatment of Ill-health Naturally and Through Natural Means
It is an umbrella term for a variety of natural therapies, which can be used in combination or individually, depending on a person’s needs.
The areas of natural medicine that I particularly focus on are the following:
Naturopathic philosophy is based on focusing on both a person’s symptoms and more importantly the underlying causes, with the aim of improving the overall vitality of a person and immune response. The emphasis is on directly and controlling health into the future.
Symptoms are a reflection of a disordered overall system. Balance and equilibrium are the goals of Naturopathy. An example of this could be chronic migraines, or a skin condition such as chronic eczema. These are often symptoms of a deeper condition. Headaches and migraines are rarely caused by the head, but are so often related to digestive, hormonal, stress, or neck and back problems.
Nutrition from our Diets
Nutritional therapy goes beyond following a balanced diet.
A healthy diet, adapted to each individual case can be an effective treatment, especially when removing from the diet foods which are detrimental, toxic or which cannot be tolerated (as in an allergy or sensitivity, eg gluten, dairy.)
In the majority of cases this means following a common sense and healthy diet, without needing to be overly restrictive and strict. For example a typical diet might be, avoiding processed foods, junk foods, and having a healthy diet of fresh including wholesome, protein, vegetables, fruits and clean water.
Nutritional deficiencies are rife today. Doctors are now often testing patients for Vitamin D, Iron, Folate deficiencies, amongst others.
The nutritional quality of our food is not as it used to be. This is because of farming methods lengthy storage times in particularly. It is interesting to note that recent research showed that within 24 hours of fruits and vegetables being picked in some cases they lost up to 50% of their nutritional quality. Supermarkets regularly store “fresh foods” for days, weeks, and even months, before they reach the shelves.
Poor diets, often high in sugar, leech nutrition from the body rather than building it up. A common problem today is over-feeding but under-nourishment.
Vitamins and minerals play a constructive role in addressing many health complaints, such as helping to protect against toxins, eg mercury, aluminium, lead, and other environmental toxins. An example of this deficiency is Zinc. A recent quote from Professor Derek Bryce-Smith, Professor of Organic Medicine at Reading University, states
” If a new drug had been found with this broad range of properties, it would have been hailed as the discovery of the century.”
Homeopathy is a system of treatment that has been in existence for over 100 years, and is used by many millions in the world.
Homeopathy works on the principle that a remedy “potentized” is given an energy, or specific vibrational pattern not unlike the frequencies of a radio or wave. All substances have such a frequency, and homeopathy is based on the principle that the remedy contains this frequency, which is then used for a specific condition or state.
Controversy tends to follow homeopathy, as scientists in analysing a homeopathic remedy are unable to see traces of a material form in the remedy itself. They then assume there is nothing there, as they are not measuring vibration.
Homeopathy is applied to address the whole person, as well as specific conditions, on a physical and mental level.
A 1991 study, published in the British Medical Journal, analysed 107 controlled homeopathic trials, of which 81 showed homeopathy to be effective.
Herbal medicine is arguably the world’s oldest form of treatment.
From ancient China and India (Ayurvedic Medicine) to more recent, but still centuries old, in Europe.
Many clinical trials have shown herbs to be effective in treating a variety of issues.
Understanding how herbs can interact with pharmaceutical drugs is important, so discussing these with a Naturopath or Herbalist is recommended.
Bowen Therapy is a gentle type of hands-on body work to alleviate a variety of muscular-skeletal problems.
It is renowned for being an effective back treatment, as well as addressing other areas, including:
- Back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Neck pain
- Knee problems
- Tennis elbow
- Sports injuries
It involves gentle movements at specific points of the body to rebalance and help correct pain.
In my experience treatment with Bowen results in a turn around often in the first or second visit, whereas other therapies can take months of treatment.
Iridology “THE STUDY OF THE IRIS”
Iridology is the science and study of pathological and functional disturbances in the human body, which are indicated by abnormal markings and color changes in the iris of the eye.
It reveals inflammation, where it is located and the stage of manifestation. Bodily conditions as they relate to inherent weaknesses, levels of health can be diagnosed through Iridology.
It is a diagnostic tool started by German Doctors in the last century, and has become a popular tool used by Naturopathic practitioners to help identify the location of inflammation, weaknesses, and toxicity in the body.
As you can see from the picture of the iris, sections have been identified as representative of body parts and systems.
After seeing tens of thousands of irises these Doctors agreed upon and put together a system known as iridology, or eye diagnosis.
It is quite exact in its diagnosis, such as pinpointing precise parts of the body and problems that may exist.