Naturopathic Medicine & GP

The principles of naturopathy were first used by the Greek philosopher Hippocrates in his Hippocratic School of Medicine in about 400 BC. Hippocrates believed in viewing a person as a whole in order to find the cause of disease, and in using the laws of nature to determine a cure. Formalised naturopathic medicine, in turn, can trace its roots back to the 1890s, although it has never been more relevant than it is today. Technology, pollution, poor diet and high stress levels are taking an enormous toll on our health.

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Your body’s ability to heal itself is often overlooked

Naturopathic medicine treats lifestyle diseases and also common complaints such as gastrointestinal disorders, skin conditions, asthma and allergies. Whatever the issue, all naturopathic treatments aim to uncover the root causes of a disease or illness through a natural-first approach. Additionally, a naturopathy treatment is designed to prevent rather than to cure. Our practitioners will advise and guide you on how to improve your own health, rather than simply managing symptoms when they arise.

Naturopathy is a science-based approach that integrates complementary therapies into a modern medical framework. Naturopathic treatments include both modern and traditional medicines such as homeopathy, botanical medicine, counselling, IV therapy and nutritional therapy.

The founding principles of naturopathic medicine

Naturopathic doctors refer to the body’s innate ability to self-heal and maintain homeostasis as the “vis”.  The vis is the foundation for the six principles of naturopathic medicine:

    1. First, do no harm. This means reducing the risks of harmful side effects as far as possible, and using the least force needed for diagnosis and treatment, instead emphasising the patient’s self-healing process.
    2. Identify and treat the cause. Naturopathic doctors seek to identify and treat the causes, rather than the symptoms, of an illness or disease.
    3. The doctor as the teacher. Patients are encouraged to gain knowledge and be empowered to take responsibility for their own optimal well-being.
    4. Treat the whole person. The body is an integrated whole, and evaluating a person’s health includes a review of physical, emotional, mental,  genetic, environmental and social-support factors.
    5. Emphasise prevention. The only sustainable health model is preventative health. Naturopathic doctors are leaders in the prevention of disease by assessing risk and heredity factors, and susceptibility to illness.
    6. Supporting the body’s own healing power. The inherent order and intelligence of self-healing that exists in all creatures is acknowledged and respected.

Naturopathic therapies are supported by research from many disciplines, including conventional and naturopathic medicine, phytotherapy, pharmacognosy, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, psychology and spirituality.

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