What is Naturopathy?
A complementary healing approach that uses a variety of natural methods to help the body to heal and balance itself. Naturopathy recognises that health is more than the absence of disease; it is dependent upon many factors. It is a reflection of harmonious interaction with our environment. Good health means to live life to full potential, in body, mind and spirit.
The naturopathic approach aims to increase the ‘life force’ by supporting the body, mind and soul.
For the body, you need to make sure you provide proper quality nutrition for optimum function and that you are removing unnecessary toxins from your body. Keeping a healthy lifestyle is essential for a healthy body.
For the spirit, remember to nourish your soul. You can do this by developing new ideas, increasing love, reconnecting with your path and ‘detox’ unwanted thoughts and resentments. Reflect on destructive habits and negative energies you may hold up, replace those with awareness and flow of positivity to your life.
The primary principle of Naturopathy is the healing power of nature.
Diseases may occur as the body’s response to challenges in its internal or external environment. Naturopathy is a healing system which promotes health rather than how to suppress disease. Prevention is better than cure.
The term ‘Naturopathy‘ means ‘the way of nature’ it was invented by John H. Scheel in 1895, a German doctor practising in the USA, to describe his particular methods of treatment. Naturopathy origins are much more ancient. Back in 400 BC, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, understood that all things in nature have a rational basis. He wanted to separate religion from medicine. Hippocrates claimed that diseases are the result of environmental conditions, diet and lifestyle. 
Naturopathy based on education, prevention and treatment of a person’s overall health and quality of life. Naturopathy does not replace conventional medicine but working with it. The Naturopath first learns the patient’s medical history, lifestyle, nutrition and the sources of imbalance in their life. Then, the Naturopath will draw a tailored therapy plan.
Naturopathy promotes a person’s healing by approaching the root cause of their health condition. The recommendations include lifestyle habits, nutrition, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, breathing techniques, bach flower remedies, guided imagery and other natural approaches. Naturopathy treatment aims to improve the quality of life, overall health, physical and mental strength and disease prevention.
The principles of Naturopathic medicine teach us to trust the body’s internal wisdom to heal itself, while we look beyond the symptoms to the search for the underlying cause. This method suggests the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
Naturopathy continuously works with scientific advances and the methods chosen based individually on each person.
Originally published on 6 December 2016
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