What is Naturopathy?
Updated: Feb 15, 2018
Have you ever wondered what a Naturopath is and what exactly do they do?
Naturopathic medicine is a system of medicine that focuses on prevention and incorporates a range of treatments and natural therapies, with the underlying belief, that given the right support, your body is able to fight disease and infection.
We use scientific evidence as well as traditional evidence in our practice. Naturopaths are typically accredited by national associations, which ensure that they have undergone the required training, and comply with the highest standards of naturopathic practice. Naturopaths offer the public significant health support providing millions and millions of consultations with good outcomes across the nation each year.
Naturopaths work alongside your GP or other health professional to offer you the best patient-centred care.
Naturopaths manage a variety of conditions and presentations including;
Allergies & Intolerances
Autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
Cardiovascular presentations such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol
Female reproductive health
Gastrointestinal presentations such as IBS, Crohns disease, Ulcerative colitis, indigestion, diverticulitis
Immune conditions including colds, coughs and flu's.
Pain management for arthritis, joint pain, muscle strains, sporting injuries
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding support
Stress & Anxiety
Weight loss or weight gain
Our goal is to provide you with primary care naturopathic services as well as ongoing education regarding wellness and preventative care.
Why would you choose a Naturopath?
1. You want to make an informed decision regarding your health
Wellness medicine naturopaths, doctors and other practitioners are not just a second opinion from a conventional doctor – they have a completely different philosophy in regards to health. The typical patient of wellness medicine is knowledgeable about health and wants to understand the intricacies of their condition.
2. Wellness medicine practitioners treat you as a person, not a disease
One of the core philosophies in wellness medicine is that we treat people, not disease. In addition, the treatment approach for a specific health problem will always be individualised, as every patient manifests disease differently. Modern medicine is based mainly on the diagnosis of disease. Once a diagnosis is made, you are labeled and usually given the same treatment that everyone else with that disease gets.
3. You prefer to use natural medicines vs pharmaceuticals
Leading a clean and healthy lifestyle can contribute to a long life. Often, natural substances have fewer side effects and can promote long-term health and wellness. Wellness medicine practitioners such as naturopaths, holistic doctors, chiropractors and Chinese medicine practitioners are extensively trained in medical sciences, as well as all aspects of natural therapies – they are the recognised experts in their field. At The Herb Clinic we believe in an integrated approach to our treatments and will work alongside your GP/Specialist and understand the necessity or reasons some medications may be needed at certain times in your life. We support your decisions and your body alongside each other.
4. You want to cure the problem, not mask the symptoms
For many chronic diseases, pharmaceuticals only stop or help your symptoms. Once the pharmaceuticals are stopped, the symptoms reappear and for some the side effects can be undesirable. A wellness medicine practitioner chooses natural, but highly effective medicines and treatments to address the underlying cause of symptoms.
If you would like more information, we would love to discuss this with you. Phone us on 07 5450 7229 or email us at email@example.com.