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What is Naturopathy?

August 25, 2017

 

Naturopathy is a holistic approach to health, based on the principle that the body has the inherent ability to heal itself. It emphasizes disease prevention and promotes the self-healing process using nature and gentle therapeutic techniques. At High Street Natural Health, we focus on individual treatment for you, to heal your whole body, mind and emotions, in order to restore harmony and prevent disease. Naturopathic therapies integrate conventional, scientific and empirical methods with the ancient laws of nature. Treatment methods include:

  • Herbal Medicine to help prevent and treat various illnesses

  • Dietary and Nutritional advice for restoration of balance, detoxification and prevention of disease (clinical nutrition)

  • Lifestyle advice to promote well-being and to reduce stress

  • Soft tissue manipulation when misalignment is contributing to ill health and to reduce pain

  • Homoeopathy

Naturopathy can alleviate a wide range of conditions and is suitable for all ages. Some common conditions treated include fatigue, stress and related ailments, digestive problems, allergies, PMT, hormonal disorders and acute & chronic pain. (See our full list of what we can treat here.)

 

What is the basis of naturopathy?

 

Naturopathy uses the holistic principles of Hippocrates to treat the underlying cause and the whole patient, not just the symptoms, to educate the patient and develop preventative measures to reduce recurrence. Naturopaths facilitate this process through teaching and providing a range of holistic medicines.

 

The underpinnings of naturopathic medical practice are in six principles:

  • First Do No Harm - primum non nocere

  • The Healing Power of Nature - vis medicatrix naturae

  • Discover and Treat the Cause, Not Just the Effect - tolle causam

  • Treat the Whole Person - tolle totum

  • The Physician is a Teacher - docere

  • Prevention is the best "cure" - praevenire

Our Naturopathic practitioners:

 

Our naturopathic practitioners achieved a four-year naturopathic education, they must pass rigorous professional board exams and work in all aspects of family health — from pediatric to geriatric care. In addition, Naturopaths are trained in clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine and counselling. Many Naturopaths go on to concentrate on specific areas such as Acupuncture, midwifery and Oriental medicine. Naturopaths view natural remedies as complementary as well as primary, so we cooperate with other medical professionals, referring patients to (and receiving patients from) conventional medical doctors, surgeons and other specialists when appropriate. 

 

What to expect at your consultation:

 

Your time with Aurora will begin with thorough and in-depth health consultation, where you will discuss your health history, current symptoms and complaints, and lifestyle influences. Aurora will examine you and look for bodily signs of deficiency or ill health - this includes looking at your hands & nails, tounge and irisis. We use iridology and some simple in-clinic assessments to measure adrenal health, which can include blood pressure check and urine analysis.

 

Once a diagnosis has been reached, Aurora will then discuss the best treatment plan with you, which will include one or a combination of herbal medicines, vitamin and mineral supplements, acupuncture, dietary therapy and/or counselling.

 

 

 

 

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