Nutrition and Nutritional TherapyClinical nutrition or use of diet as a therapy is the foundation of naturopathic medicine. Many common conditions can be treated effectively by dietary methods including:
Nutritional Therapy simply involves providing your body with the right food including macro and micro nutrients to keep you healthy. Naturopathic Nutrition stresses the use of whole and organic foods as medicine. A return to chemical-free foods, along with other dietary measures, is an effective answer to many health complaints and common conditions. What you eat has a profound effect on how you look, feel and think. As Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine is famously quoted as saying: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food".
Functional Medicine is science based healthcare, personalised to the individual, which deals with prevention and the underlying cause of illness. It's principles include: recognition of biochemical individuality, genetic and environmental differences; person centered - focusing on curing the person rather than the disease; balancing external and internal factors; recognising that the human body is a network of interconnected systems; health as vitality not just the absence of disease; and protecting organs to enhance a healthy lifespan.
Naturopathy is a multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare. Fundamental to the practice of naturopathic medicine is the belief that the body has the ability to heal itself given the proper opportunity. The aim of the naturopath is to find the underlying cause of health problems rather than treating or suppressing symptoms.
The key to success of naturopathic treatments is the high level of involvement of the patient of their own healing process. Naturopaths use a variety of treatments including, dietary advice, detoxification, exercise, nutritional supplements, herbs, homoeopathic remedies and hands-on work such as osteopathy and massage.
Your naturopath will look at all areas of your lifestyle that may adversely affect your health, stress levels and bio chemical imbalances are taken into account as well as emotional factures.
In modern times with technology, environmental pollution, poor diet and stress playing a significant role in ill health, naturopathy is especially important in helping the body to restore and maintain optimal wellbeing.
Naturopaths undergo four years full time training. They study the same basic medical sciences as doctors - anatomy, physiology, pathology and pharmacology. In addition they study nutrition, herbal medicine and the influence of emotions on health and disease.