A naturopathic approach to health and disease focuses on the restoration of health, optimising health and prevention or the slowing down of health deterioration. In its basic form, Naturopathy promotes exposure to fresh air, clean water, adequate rest, and the use of herbal remedies to stimulate the body's self-healing processes. Naturopathy also integrates the complexities of modern disease pathogenesis into each case to combine conventional medicine with Western herbal medicine and traditional healings. Astounding improvements can be made in each individuals quality of life just by following these simple yet effective techniques to encourage self-healing.
Each Naturopathic consultation endures comprehensive case taking, which plays a fundamental role in naturopathic practice. Naturopaths strive to find the root cause of the ailments rather than relying on a single diagnosis. Often modern medicine only treats the presenting symptoms and suppresses the disease state. This approach does little to identify and understand the dynamic casual interplay of symptoms that can only be obtained with comprehensive case taking. For example, a client presenting with Irritable Bowel Symptoms (IBS) may be placed on medication by a conventional doctor.
A naturopath will treat the cause, whether being from a dysbiosis of the gastrointestinal microbiome, over-stimulation of the nervous system or a significant trauma that has led to this illness. By understanding the root cause, naturopathy can heal and restore each ailment rather than mask the symptom.
The six principles of naturopathy are used to ensure a holistic and harm-free healing approach is always followed:
THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE
This involves an understanding and appreciation of the power of nature. This power influences how the body responds to internal mechanisms that encourage and support cure. The body has its own intuitive mechanism of healing that operates cohesively with the laws of nature. The naturopath's role is to support and facilitate the body's natural ability to heal.
IDENTIFY AND TREAT THE CAUSE
This principle relates to the basic understanding that all illnesses have an underlying cause and to restore health, the cause or causes of the disease must be identified and removed. Symptoms should never be removed or suppressed from the body in order to restore health.
TREAT THE WHOLE PERSON
Physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social, familial and occupational factors intricately interplay with each other and result in health and disease. Addressing all the aspects relevant to a patient's health focused support positive long-term outcomes, rather than short-sighted interventions.
FIRST DO NO HARM
A key component of this principle is understanding and acknowledging the healing power of nature. The naturopath's role is to facilitate the body's natural ability to heal and if this approach is followed, harmless practice will be a direct result. Naturopathic practice that follows the principle of harm-free treatment traditionally avoids the suppression of symptoms, avoids prescription of harmful medicine and is non-invasive.
DOCTOR AS TEACHER
The naturopath takes on a teaching role to educate the patient and encourage the power of the body to eliminate disease and optimise health. Ultimately, naturopathy seeks to inspire, motivate and encourage self-empowerment for the patient.
The current conventional model of healthcare can often be sickness focused. Naturopathy's aim is to facilitate and promote disease prevention. Assessing risk factors analysis, constitutional susceptibility and genetic tendency are the first steps in a naturopathic approach to prevent disease states and the development of new disease states.
NATUROPATHY WITH BRONTE LUCIA
As a Naturopath Bronte uses case taking skills, iridology and pathology testing to help prescribe herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, flower essences and dietary + lifestyle advice to suit your individual needs.
Healing journeys can vary depending on the presented ailments. Ongoing naturopathic consultations are recommended to ensure the most effective treatment outcomes are obtained. If you are unsure if Naturopathy will be able to help your situation, take advantage of a free 15-minute over the phone consultation.
FREE 15 MINUTES PHONE CONSULTATION:
Contact Bronte on Mondays or Fridays for a free 15 minutes over the phone consultation for new clients to understand if a naturopathic approach is suitable for your needs.
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