Naturopathy utilises the body’s natural ability to heal in conjunction with substances found in nature to promote physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Naturopathy is a holistic system, emphasising prophylaxis through healthy lifestyles and education.
“In my practice, every client is treated as a unique person. Each one has an extraordinary body with self-healing properties - which needs only a little bit of stimulation to come back to proper balance to achieve the level of homeostasis. After that, you can enjoy life on every levels: physical, emotional and spiritual.
My aim as a Naturopath is to treat the whole person on all levels of their being, by getting to the root cause of the illness – not just stopping the symptoms.”
Licenced Naturopath – Magdalena S. Serafin
Naturopathy is a system of integrated holistic medicine based on the theory that diseases can be successfully treated or prevented without the use of drugs. Techniques used in naturopathic treatments include control of diet, exercise, massage, bio energy, proper supplementation, healthy life style education and much more. A Naturopath is a health practitioner who applies these natural therapies. The role of a naturopath is to use these natural therapies to not only heal the body but to encourage the alignment of body, mind, and spirit.
The natural remedies used in Naturopathy include fasting, nutrition, water, and exercise, includes using approved natural healing practices such as Homeopathy, Acupuncture, and Herbal Medicine, as well as the use of modern methods like Bio-Resonance, Ozone-Therapy, and Colon Hydrotherapy. At a time when modern technology, environmental pollution, poor diet, and stress play a significant role in the degradation of health, a Naturopath’s ability to apply natural methods of healing is of considerable importance.
The principles of Naturopathy were first used by the Hippocratic School of Medicine in about 400 BC. The Greek philosopher Hippocrates believed in viewing the whole person in regards to finding a cause of disease, and using the laws of nature to induce cure. It was from this original school of thought that Naturopathy takes its principles. Many of the later principles and philosophies of naturopathy originated in Germany and Europe in the 16th and 17th century.
According to the manifesto of British Naturopathic Association, "Naturopathy is a system of treatment which recognizes the existence of the vital curative force within the body."
Naturopathy recognises that each person is an individual and needs to be treated as such. The support the client receives during their treatment will vary hugely depending on the needs of their body. Naturopathy is about bringing harmony to a person’s life and health system by using individually matched techniques.
First, Do No Harm (Primum non nocere)
The Naturopath will choose the least invasive and least toxic treatments necessary for each patient.
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis medicatrix naturae)
Naturopathy recognise the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.
Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle causam)
The Naturopath will identify, address, and remove the underlying causes of disease using naturopathic techniques.
Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
Educating and supporting clients on personal health management is an important role for Naturopaths. They empower clients to take responsibility for their own health and acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the naturopath - client relationship.
Treat the Whole Person (Tolle totum)
This is a holistic concept that recognises the body as an integrated whole. Naturopath treats the person, not the disease. A naturopathic assessment addresses the nutritional status, lifestyle, family history, physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors in a person’s life.
Naturopathy promotes a focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.
What are the benefits of Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine treats the whole body. When we examine the root cause of a health issue as opposed to just the symptoms we are able to get greater results from treatment. While traditional medicine tends to focus on symptom relief and cure, naturopathy’s goal is to remove the cause of illness, treat the symptoms and make the body healthier and stringer in order to prevent future disease or illness.
When is the right time to see a Naturopath?
The majority of clients will choose to see a Naturopath once they have exhausted other conventional medical options. Many who have struggled to see results with traditional medicine turn to naturopathy to heal their body. However, this is not a pre-requisite for naturopathy and you can see a naturopath at the very beginning of your health journey.
What does a Naturopathic Treatment consist of?
Naturopathic Medicine is highly tailored to the individual needs and body of every client, so each treatment is different. All naturopathic treatments will begin with a full consultation and assessment of your health, medical conditions, family history, diet, lifestyle, and what conventional treatments you may be taking. A treatment plan is formulated to address your specific needs, incorporating all aspect of your life, and providing your body with the best chance to heal.