main aim of Naturopathy
known as one of the Alternative or Complementary
is to treat the whole person and not just the presenting
symptom. Many of our bodily functions depend on
each other to maintain optimal function. A
Naturopath looks at all aspects of health in order to
areas of the body, which organ systems, or what
aspects of lifestyle may be out of balance. Once
this has been determined then treatment of any
imbalances/illnesses is via a more natural means.
The next step is to
determine the best and most appropriate strategies/course of action
number of modalities
of treatment) such as Herbal Medicine, Diet and
Nutrition, Exercise Therapy, Vitamin and Mineral Therapy, Flower
Essences (including Australian Bush Essences, Bach
Flowers etc.), Homoeopathy, and Physical Therapies (such
as The Bowen Technique, or Therapeutic and Remedial Massage
etc.) can be used to restore balance and health.
Before the introduction of modern pharmaceutical drugs,
mainstream medicine used plant extracts to treat
patients illnesses. This modality maintains this
knowledge and, through modern research, many of the
present herbal extracts have now been proven to be
beneficial in the treatment of many conditions.
This modality concentrates on treatment using specific
vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It also looks at the
impact certain foods have on our health and what is best
avoided, according to the individual.
Homeopathy has a more wholistic approach to illness.
It works on the principle of ‘like cures like’, meaning
that any substance (plant, mineral, or a living organism
such as a bacteria, mould or virus etc.) that causes a
set of symptoms (illnesses) in a healthy person, can
cure someone who has the same set of symptoms when
they are ill. This means Homeopathy can be used in
the treatment of a broad range of illnesses, and
can play a major role in the treatment of many
conditions. Because of the power and complexity of
Homeopathic medicines, some practitioners choose either
not to use the modality at all, or become Homeopathic
Specialists, and only use Homeopathy as their method of
treating illness, or to enhance a patients current level
of wellness, while other practitioners use Homeopathic
medicines in conjunction with other therapies.
Homeopathy is especially useful for the treatment of
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