Naturopathy is both an art and a science blending modern scientific knowledge with traditional medicine and wisdom. Naturopathy is a holistic approach to health that takes into consideration the interconnectedness of both the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health and wellbeing of each individual client. Naturopathy aims to identify and treat the root cause of dis-ease, instead of just treating the symptoms. With many tools in our toolkit – treatments are completely individualised to each client and may include the use of nutrition, herbal medicine, flower essences, environmental changes, lifestyle and meditative practices.
The 6 Naturopathic Principles include:
• The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
The healing power of nature refers to our innate capacity to heal. Also known as the vital force. Our vitality is a measure of our vital force.
• Identify and Treat the Cause (Tolle Causam)
To identify and treat the root cause of dis-ease, not just treating the symptoms.
• Treat the Whole Person (Tolle Totum)
Understanding that we are so much more than just our physical body, and nothing occurs in separation. A naturopathic assessment addresses the nutritional status, lifestyle, genetic predisposition, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, environmental and social factors in a person’s life.
• First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
Using the least invasive and lowest intervention needed for a therapeutic effect.
• Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
The true healer is the teacher. A holistic practitioner has a deep respect for the individual’s ability to heal. By educating individuals and equipping them the tools and knowledge they need empowers them to facilitate their own self-healing. This enables a relationship of an equal and active partnership in the healing process, rather than that of an expert and passive participant.
• Prevention (Preventare)
Prevention is better than the cure. Nutritional and lifestyle education and an understanding of the interconnectedness of the 4-body system plays a significant role in preventing dis-ease.