Naturopathy or Naturopathic Medicine is a complete holistic system of medicine based on the healing power of nature. This means that Naturopathic Doctors (N.Dís), strive to find the cause of the disease by understanding the body, mind and spirit of the person. A variety of therapies and techniques are used such as Naturopathic Nutrition, Detoxification, Behaviour change, Herbal medicine, Homeopathy, Allergy Testing/Therapy, Physical Exercises and Natural Aesthetics .
Naturopathy focuses on two areas:
1. Supporting the bodyís own healing abilities.
2. Empowering the people to make lifestyle changes necessary for the best possible health.
While Naturopathic Doctors treat both short bout illness and chronic conditions, their focus and emphasis is on preventing disease and educating patients.
What should I expect from a visit to a Naturopath?
A visit to a Naturopath (N.D.), is a very holistic experience, First visit may take about 1 hour. The N.D. will go through your medical history, diet, lifestyle, stress, and environmental exposures. sleep patterns. Next, a Naturopathic physical evaluation is done like checking the pulse, iridology, blood pressure taking, body weight etc. Sometimes Functional tests may be required like allergy testing.
Naturopathic doctors treat the person as a whole, which means that a variety of factors are considered before the illness is evaluated.
Common Treatments used by a Naturopath include:
Bach Flower Remedies
Yoga / Pilates