Naturopathy is a holistic system of health care that is both an art and a science. Today, Naturopaths are taught using evidence based practice as the core of their studies along with traditional evidence.
Naturopathic case-taking often uncovers dis-ease long before it has become a diagnosable pathology and it is well suited to anyone at any age. The core modalities that Naturopaths draw upon are nutritional and herbal medicine as well as lifestyle advice.
Below is a brief overview of some health conditions that Naturopathy can effectively treat and manage.
The gastrointestinal tract is integral to the function of every other organ and system in the body, as its purpose is to metabolise, absorb and assimilate vital nutrients. Without it, the body would no longer function.
Therefore, healthy digestion begins in the mouth and ends in the colon and any sub-optimal functioning that happens along the way can cause a flow on effect, developing into symptoms or conditions such as:
When consulting with a client, especially one with chronic health concerns, a naturopath will always ask about digestive function to gauge its level of involvement within the presenting complaint. Often, initial treatment is focused at least partly on the gut.
The term stress is defined by any demand placed on the body, be it positive or negative. In modern society it is distress that is experienced often and refers to a situation or event that challenges a person’s ability to cope or adjust. This ongoing distress changes the way the body adapts to its internal and external environment making it hard for the body to return to its normal homeostasis; in turn causing the bodies systems and organs to work harder.
Many people who are stressed are unable to identify exactly what is causing them stress and it is often a combination of events that build up on top of each other. Typically clients will present with symptoms such as:
Disorders of female and male reproduction are commonly seen in Naturopathic clinics as we have numerous tools that have been shown to improve reproductive health and reduce symptoms. Commonly seen conditions and symptoms are:
Traditionally naturopaths interpreted chronic skin conditions as representation of inner disharmony where the body is struggling to clear a build-up of toxins. Whilst this is still an element addressed by many modern naturopaths we now understand that there is a wide range of pathophysiological processes and causes linked to skin problems such as immune dysregulation, gut dysfunction, stress and inflammation. Some conditions that are successfully treated are:
This term refers to the integration of the skeletal and muscular systems of the body which with the assistance of the nervous system maintains body posture and enables a range of body movements and functions. Naturopaths recognise that the wellbeing of this system is important for good health and quality of life and often work in conjunction with manual therapists such as remedial massage therapists, osteopaths and chiropractors to ensure optimal health.
Some conditions and symptoms that Naturopaths can assist with are: