What is a Naturopath!

WHAT IS A NATUROPATH

 

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WHAT IS A NATUROPATH?

I am often asked “What do you do? What is a naturopath?”

Well, I can tell you what a Naturopath  is NOT!    I am not a naturist, naturalist or nudist (yes, I am being serious, some people assumed!!), I don’t make up foul smelling brews in a bucket, nor  do I  wear roman sandals and have hairy legs – that very old, and quite unwarranted, stereotype of a naturopath!

Naturopathy is a system of natural medicine that supports the body’s innate ability to heal without the use of surgery or synthetic drugs. Naturopaths use non-toxic natural therapies to help you achieve the highest possible level of health.   A naturopath (Natural Health Practitioner)  draws from a specialized knowledge of  nutrition, lifestyle changes, herbs, vitamins and minerals, massage and more to assist the body’s natural healing process.

On a physical level naturopathic treatment supports the more effective utilization of the basic nutrients, molecules and phytochemicals found in foods and herbs that are necessary to rebuild and sustain the integrity of our bodies.

A holistic focus on lifestyle factors also allows a naturopath to assess causes of symptoms that are outside the physical realm such as stress, emotional, environmental and nutritional  factors, often seen as significant contributors to the various biochemical imbalances that lead to a state of disease.

As a Naturopath and Medical Herbalist  working in a modern and fully integrative natural medicine clinic,   I offer naturopathic consultations, nutrition and lifestyle advice and herbal medicine.  I use an extensive testing procedures including Hemaview Live Blood Analysis, food and environmental sensitivity testing and blood tests.   My special interests are in gut and digestive disorders, womens health, food intolerances and allergies, weight loss, stress and  anxiety and I am looking forward to sharing all the latest news and research in the world of natural health with you, the readers.

There have been many changes over the years in the way the public and health professionals perceive the practice of natural medicine. Nowadays Natural Health Practitioners have strong science based qualifications, belong to governing bodies, follow strict principles of practice and work in closely with other  practitioners. More people are reaching out to natural medicine to support them towards optimal health,  and natural medicine has never been more vital as more people take responsibility for their own health. I believe there has been a worldwide swing to this way of thinking .

So, there you have it!