Naturopathy looks at the person as a whole with particularly focus on nutrition, digestive function and detoxification. Basic naturopathic principles state that the more the body can excrete wastes through the bowel, liver, kidneys and skin, the less likely disease will be. It is great to see so much research coming out supporting what naturopaths have known and been doing for hundreds of years and we welcome the medical community to our way of thinking. We have always believed that traditional and medical practitioners should work together to get the best outcome for the client.
So what do we use?
Herbs have very powerful healing qualities with tons of research to back up the claims made by herbalists many centuries ago. They can be taken in tea, fresh, herbal extract liquids, powder or supplement form. Some herbs are more effective in one form than another, and studies have also shown that the same herb can have different active ingredients depending on whether it is fresh, dried or alcohol extract. Herbs can be used in high doses as a medicine to stimulate certain processes in the body, or in lower doses to balance organ systems. It is important to mention any medications you may be taking to your practitioner as there may be some herb-medicine interactions to be aware of.
Herbs have minimal side-effects if any and do not just work on one biochemical pathway like drugs do which is why herbs are less harmful and work better. Quality is a concern though with many herbs testing for high levels of metals and sometimes low levels of active constituents. These are the important questions we ask our manufacturers and suppliers in our clinic.
There are two systems of flower essences – Bach Flowers and Bush Flowers. Bach Flower remedies are made from flowers growing in European countries whereas Bush Flower remedies are sourced from Australian native flowers. Flower Essences are gentle in their action which makes them suitable for young and old, babies, animals, pregnancy, or those weakened by disease. They effect change on all aspects of our being, bringing the life force energy back to its full potential, creating a more positive outlook, balance and harmony.
Nutrition is part of Naturopathy, but we’ll give it its own platform for this purpose.