A naturopath is a natural health practitioner
A Naturopath is a health practitioner who applies all natural therapies based upon a holistic framework (mind–body–soul) to help restore balance and health back to the body without the use of standard drugs or surgery.
Naturopathic medicine is based around the study and celebration of nature’s healing powers. It can be regarded as old as healing itself and still as new as today’s medical breakthroughs. That’s because it is a dynamic philosophy that recognises the interconnection and interdependence of all living things. It utilises the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies to treat illness and to promote wellness by viewing the body as an integrated whole.
A Naturopath works with the principal that there is a vital force (energy field) which runs through our body. This force works to heal through cleansing, nourishing and repairing the body to create a state of positive health. Stressors in our life whether physical, mental or spiritual, ultimately block the flow of this vital force flow in the body. The symptoms which arise in the body are simply a sign indicating that it’s striving to restore health and is struggling to so. Therefore, a naturopath’s role is to determine the root cause of these symptoms/imbalances and support the clients healing processes towards health.
The tools available to a Naturopath are typically as follows:
Combining Naturopathy with Nutritional Therapy
At Higher Healing, we have combined our knowledge in Naturopathy with Nutritional Therapy to provide a unique and natural approach to healing illnesses within the physical body. Our ‘Naturopathic Nutrition Consultations‘ utilise all the wisdom and principles of Naturopathy (see below) with the latest science and research from Nutritional Therapy.
Together they provide a wide range of nutritional and natural lifestyle solutions for our clients that go beyond what you may expect from a traditional Naturopath or Nutritional Therapist.
As a result, we can confidently support a wide range of conditions and illnesses.
What are the benefits of Naturopathy?
There are many positive benefits to Naturopathy, which are as follows:
- Natural Treatment – there are no drugs or equipment needed in this health modality. The least invasive and least toxic therapies are used.
- Root Cause – Naturopaths are concerned with looking at the individual as a whole and with getting to the root cause of ill health.
- Tailored Recommendations – Naturopathy is aimed around healing the individual not the symptoms. For this to occur the plan must be tailored to a persons environment and individuality.
- Complementary – Works well alongside other complementary medicine.
- Education – We are focused on providing the knowledge and tools to support long-term health.
- Prevention – we look to remove toxins from the diet and adjust lifestyles to prevent illness from re-occuring.
Key Naturopathic Principles
Naturopathic medicine is defined by principles rather than by methods or modalities. Above all, it honors the body’s innate wisdom to heal. The principles of naturopathy are fundamental to how we approach our consultations at Higher Healing in a safe, responsible and caring way.
The naturopathic principles are as a follows:
1. There is a vital force (Medicatrix Naturae)
There is a vital force (also known as a Life Force) that, given the right conditions, will help self-heal and self-correct. It is important to recognise that the body has it’s own innate healing capacity which is stimulated by factors which promote health and suppressed by excesses and deficiencies.
2. Treat the person as a whole (Tolle totum)
This holistic principle recognises the body as an integrative whole and the importance of healing all elements of a person for true healing to occur. A naturopathic consultation will look at an individual’s physical (body), mental and emotional (mind), beliefs (soul) as well as lifestyle, nutritional status, family history (genes) and other environmental factors.
3. Treat the individual; not the symptoms
A naturopath will look to treat the individual in front of him, not the disease. Linked to the principle above, symptoms should not be treated in isolation but in context of the individual as a whole. For this reason, our practitioners will tailor each naturopathic nutrition and lifestyle plan specifically to the person in front of them.
4. First do no harm (Primum non noerce)
The thought process behind this is to first look at the most non-invasive and least toxic treatments necessary for the individual in order to support their symptoms. The human body has an amazing innate ability to heal itself, if we give it the right tools, without the need for more serious interventions.
5. Identify and treat the root causes; not the branches (Tolle causam)
This is all about getting to the root cause of symptoms. Too often treatments can be provided which only stop the symptoms rather than the root cause underlying those symptoms. A naturopath will always be looking to determine the root cause.
6. Prevention is preferable to cure (Praevenic)
As a naturopath, prevention is preferred to supporting health and wellbeing. Too often many of us wait until the symptoms have progressed into a chronic condition before seeking help. An individual at any stage of their health should be looking towards optimising to their health and wellbeing in order the prevent disease onset.
7. Doctor as a teacher (Doerce)
The role of a doctor (naturopath) is to educate and support the individual on their journey to wellbeing. They look to empower individuals to understand the causes of their symptoms and help them to take responsibility for their own health.
At Higher Healing, in our consultations, we take time to explain your symptoms so you’ll understand how our recommendations will help bring your body back into balance.
Find out how Higher Healing can help you achieve your health goals
Our holistic health framework has been carefully designed to help you get to the root cause of symptoms and provide you with the health tools that you can use for the rest of your life. It is also tailored specifically to your needs and requirements.
We have several routes available for our clients depending on what level of healing they require. Our ‘Naturopathic Nutrition’ path utilises our knowledge from both Naturopathy and Nutritional Therapy to address imbalances within the physical body and provide the right natural resources to bring the body back into balance.
We would love to hear from you and help support you on the road to wellbeing. Get in touch with the Higher Healing team and find out how we can help you with your health goals.