What is Naturopathy ?

Naturopathy is a system of health care which promotes the body’s own self-healing mechanism. It uses natural therapies such as Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Hydrotherapy, Physical Manipulations, Colonic Irrigation, Fasting, Exercise and others, following Naturopathic principles. These principles are kept in mind when a Naturopath takes a case, develops treatment plans and offers maintenance for long term term good health.

Principles of Naturopathy :

Naturopathy is based on principles and employs various therapies and diagnostic tools. As long as a therapist follows these Naturopathic Principles he can be called a Naturopathic Therapist. The Naturopathic Principles are:

1. The Healing Power of Nature 

The body can heal itself, given the right condition and treatment. There is a ‘Vital Force’ which is stimulated to promote health.

2. Treat the Cause, not a symptom
Identify the underlying cause of illness rather than eliminating (suppressing) symptoms.

3. Treat the Whole Person
Recognise a patient’s individuality by taking into account individual physical, mental, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors.

4. Prevention is preferable to cure
Prevention is preferable to cure in order to keep the Vital Force at all times at its optimum.

5. Education
The Naturopath educates his patients by bringing a better understanding of health, how to maintain it and how to avoid getting sick. This way the patient can take responsibility for himself.

What therapies do naturopaths use?

Naturopaths use various treatment methods including nutritional medicine, herbal medicines, homeopathy, acupuncture and massage therapy. Some naturopaths are trained in counselling skills. Bach flower remedies and iridology — a technique in which the iris of the eye is examined and is said to give information about a person’s tendency to develop disease — may also be used by some naturopaths.

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