Naturopathic medicine is a safe, effective, and patient centered system of healthcare, practiced widely throughout the world, with European origins. The naturopathic medicine system is holistic, considering all systems of the body, and all aspects of a person - mind and emotion as well as the body.
Naturopathic medicine is complementary, not alternative. Naturopaths are part of your health care provider team, working alongside allied and primary health practitioners, including GPs.
Wellbeing. One of the main tenants of Naturopathy
An example of how naturopathy differs from allopathic (doctors) might be seen looking at a case of someone suffering from osteoarthritis in their hands. The allopathic view might be to look at inflammation in the hands and the use of anti-inflammatory medication or pain killers. A naturopathic view would be to look at systemic inflammation, the role of digestive health, food intolerances, over acidity of the body and look at diet overall. Herbs or supplements may be used to clean the blood, improve circulation, reduce inflammation and diet may be adjusted.
It is our philosophy to do no harm as taught by Hippocrates, a Greek physician who first created the holistic view of medicine and the concept of “the healing power of nature”. This concept has long been at the core of medicine around the world and remains one of the central principles of naturopathic medicine. One of the main tenants of Naturopathy is well-being, which relates to maintaining wellness and preventing ill health where possible, and not necessarily treatment of disease.
The latest developments in this area are genetic testing, which looks at an individual’s genetic predisposition to certain types of disease. This allows for personalised tailoring of well-being solutions in order to best maintain healthy ageing.