Naturopathy is a unique system of primary health. It combines traditional forms of healing with modern scientific knowledge to both prevent and treat illness (Smith & Logan, 2002).
Not just a 10 minute consultation
A key strength of naturopathy is the time afforded you in a consultation. The usual 30-60 minutes appointment allows for more comprehensive case taking. This provides a base where we identify and discuss key issues (maybe not obviously related with your presenting issue).
Your initial visit usually begins with a complete health history. A physical examination will take place and if necessary we may refer you to your GP. General or specific pathology tests through private laboratories may be required.
We spend time assessing your dietary, lifestyle, occupational, environmental, social and emotional influences and their impact on your health or illness. The treatment plan we formulate addresses not only symptomatic relief, but also the cause of your illness.
Key components of our treatment plan may include herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, nutritional advice and counselling, Remedial massage, SCENAR therapy and more.
Follow-up appointments enable you to report on your progress and setbacks. They enable us to modify and tailor your treatment.
One of the principles that underscore any naturopath’s practice is to cause no harm. Our first concern then is to restore, then optimise your health with as much care for your safety and well-being as possible (Mills & Bone, 2000).
Principles of Naturopathy
There are several traditional principles that underpin naturopathy. We will discuss each of these in more depth over the next few weeks. My objective is that you will have a better understanding of how we work for and with you to achieve your health objectives.
Here they are:
- The healing power of nature
- Identify and treat the cause
- Treat the whole person
- First do no harm
- Doctor as teacher