A Naturopath studies for 4 years to understand how the human body functions but more importantly how it heals. We view this process very differently from Western Medicine and believe that given the right environment and nutrients the body is a self healing and self regulating organism. A good example is how a wound heals: you don't need to think about how to heal a wound because the body knows and sets about doing it. It can also heal any organ or system in the body that has not been damaged beyond repair.
A Naturopath is like a body detective, piecing together all of the clues that the body gives us through symptoms (things you experience) and body signs (things others can see). We look at the face, skin, tongue, nails and iris and observe what the body is telling us. We know the signs of disease and deficiency. We also use blood, saliva, stool and genetic testing to determine the root cause of your symptoms and illness.
A Naturopath works holistically...which means we take into account everything about your life right from birth. We also ask about your family as genetics play a strong role in your chance of developing disease.
The motto we follow is:
First of all, to do no harm.
To act in cooperation with the Healing Power of Nature.
To address the fundamental causes of disease.
To heal the whole person through individualised treatment.
To teach the principles of healthy living and preventive medicine.
To recognize the therapeutic potential of the naturopath-patient interaction.
We use Natural Medicines...only those things found in nature...plant medicine, vitamins and minerals. It is a sad truth that at this time in history our food contains only a fraction of the nutrients it contained in out grandparents day and our lifestyles have become so busy our body actually requires more nutrition. Taking good supplements for many is a necessity to restore levels of nutrients so the body can use them to recover and heal.
We cannot overlook strong current feelings and emotions and past trauma and the impact they can have on physical and mental health. A good Naturopath takes your emotions into account and help you to release old traumas through counselling and Bach Flower Remedies. These are powerful homeopathic frequency medicines that help old and current traumas be stored correctly in the brain so that they can be viewed more rationally with much of the strong negative emotions associated lifting away.