What Is Naturopathy ?

The best and most efficient pharmacy is within your own system.

Robert C. Peale

People often ask me what the difference is between complementary and allopathic/conventional medicine.  Perhaps the following will help to explain the very important differences.  The information was received from a qualified medical practitioner.

Orthodox  Medicine – fights disease, is Medicare funded, offers surgery, chemo therapy, radiation and drugs.  This approach provides short term answers, treats symptoms, ignores the body’s potential to heal, often not holistic.

Complementary Medicine – creates health, is self funded, treats the person, applies nutritional medicine, energy medicine, naturopathic medicine, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage. It uses “Systems Biology” which is the emerging new biological science of treating the human body as a system of networks where the components of the networks (genetics, molecules and organs) are treated with equal importance.  This approach provides long term answers, treats root causes, allows the body to restore to its highest health potentials, is holistic in its approach to body, mind and soul.

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Naturopathy may be explained as a process which identifies the underlying causes of any dis-ease. Naturopathy is personalised and patient centred, guiding your participation in preventing illness and regaining health.  As such you play an active role in achieving health and vitality.

Treatment styles may vary between practitioners;  my approach is one of individualised care.  I take the time to assess your needs and tailor a treatment plan accordingly.  I also focus on prevention – education on how to stay healthy, what foods are best suited for you, how to recognise warning signs and act quickly. While most medical approaches are based on providing symptom relief and acute care, naturopathy comes into its own in the treatment of chronic and degenerative conditions.  Most chronic conditions are a combination of many areas of the body no longer functioning optimally – hence many areas may require attention.

Natural medicine may also assist in relieving acute conditions such as the common cold, bacterial and viral infections.  Talk to me about lingering viral infections such as Herpes – you may be surprised at what can be achieved.

By giving your body the tools to heal, and you the knowledge and understanding of the processes involved, you are in control of your health.  By reversing what has ‘gone wrong’ your symptoms disappear leaving you full of energy and pain-free.  Rather than treating a ‘label’ or name given to a set of symptoms, I identify the fundamentals behind the condition to pave the way to good health.

A report to the US Congress summed up this approach as being: “personalized, preventive, participatory, predictive, prospective, and patient centered.  It is proactive rather than reactive.  It is based on addressing the causes of disease and optimizing biologic function in the body’s core physiologic systems, not only treating the symptoms.”

Remember, that we generally don’t miss what we have until it’s gone – this also applies to our health.  How often do you read stories of people who had to experience a ‘health scare’ before making much needed changes to their lifestyle.  Don’t wait until something serious happens, prevention is the key. Make an appointment today – ring 07 5530 1863 NOW !

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