Naturopathy is a system of health care which promotes the body’s own self-healing mechanism; placing emphasis on health and how to promote it, rather than on disease and how to suppress it. Prevention is always preferable to cure and maintaining health and wellbeing lies within the whole person; spiritual, mental, physical and emotional wellness.
Naturopathy works with natural laws of living, and adheres to the following Naturopathic Principles:
1. The healing power of nature: The body has an inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health.
2. Identify and Treat the Causes: Underlying causes of illness and disease must be identified and removed before complete recovery can occur.
3. First Do No Harm: Methods designed to suppress symptoms without removing underlying causes are considered harmful and are avoided or minimised.
4. Treat the Whole Person: The harmonious functioning of all aspects of the physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors. is essential to recovery from and prevention of disease
5. Doctor As Teacher: A principal objective of naturopathic medicine is to educate and emphasise self-responsibility for health. Naturopathic medicine provides a sustainable model of healthcare by empowering individuals to learn Self-care practices and to maintain and promote health and wellbeing.
6. Prevention: The prevention of disease and the attainment of optimal health.
These principles of Naturopathy are kept in mind when a Naturopath takes a case, and creates an effective programme that utilises diet, lifestyle, emotional healing, supportive naturopathic therapies, such as Herbal Medicine, Iridology, Homeopathy, Tissue Salts and Bach flower remedies, to ensure a holistic, integrated approach to health and healing.