This week 27 Sept to 2 Oct 2021 is Naturopathic Medicine Week. So, what is naturopathic medicine, and is it safe and effective?
Naturopathic medicine uses the healing power of nature combined with scientific functional and pathology tests to help you achieve vitality and wellness and prevent and/or delay degenerative disease.
The 6 important principles of naturopathic medicine are:
1. First do no harm. Naturopathic medicine selects treatments that are more gentle on the body and have minimum risk of harmful side effects.
2. Treat using the healing powers of nature, which includes dietary, lifestyle, nutrition, acupuncture, breathing, bodyworks and herbal medicine interventions.
3. Treat the cause, not just the symptoms. When we treat the cause, we remove the underlying reason why the patient has that problem. Treating the cause requires a detailed evaluation of the reason for the illness which may originate in many areas.
4. Treat the whole person. Naturopathic medicine recognises that the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, environmental, social and genetic factors play a role in a person’s state of wellness.
Doctor as teacher. Naturopaths empower patients to take back their health in their own hands and achieve wellness. Understanding how the body works, and what creates the obstacles to wellness for each patient helps patients to proactively seek and enjoy wellness.
6. Prevention – naturopathic medicine aims to prevent disease and attain optimal wellness through education and promotion of healthy ways of living. Toxins have become the primary drivers of disease. The concept of prevention in the role of toxins in disease gets us to remove and minimise these exposures and where we have consumed them, to detoxify them safely out of our bodies. (Toxins include heavy metals and man made chemicals.)
If you have recurring symptoms, chronic health issues, naturopathic medicine is very useful to assist in such situations, making changes in dietary intake, evaluation of adequacy of nutrition, lifestyle choices, evaluate environmental factors and the impact of stress and emotions on your states of health.