A natural approach to illness is often preferred. Read about the five principles that underpin every aspect of my work with clients.
The principles of naturopathic healing were first introduced around 400 BC by the Hippocratic School of Medicine. Hippocrates was a firm believer in seeing the whole person when viewing their health and finding natural resolutions for symptoms.
As a Registered Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist, I use this very principle with my clients. I also work closely with GPs and specialists to help my clients manage health concerns and, where appropriate, safely navigate them away from medication.
Modern naturopathy and nutritional therapy combine natural therapeutic interventions with scientific research.
In this blog, I’ll be sharing the five principles of naturopathy and functional medicine that underpin every aspect of my client work.
First, do no harm
Just as medical professionals are required to take this oath, so are we. Keeping the client safe is the number 1 objective. In Naturopathic and Functional Medicine, we’re trained to respect the body’s self-healing ability. We use interventions that work in harmony with the body. The actions I recommend to clients are backed by science and research into contraindications is always carried out.
Use the healing power of nature
The body is very intelligent. It is primed for survival and has the ability to heal given the right conditions. Creating those conditions is fundamental in Naturopathic and Functional Medicine.
Unfortunately, modern life can make it difficult for the body to self-heal and be in optimal health. Using natural principles can change this and help to balance body, mind, and soul.
After all, we used to look solely to nature for healing. Modern medicine as we know it only started to develop in the 18th century. Before that, natural remedies played a massive role in symptom relief. Did you know that aspirin was originally made from willow bark? And penicillin was discovered when nature took its course and grew mould in defense of bacteria.
Identify and treat the cause
There is a root cause for symptoms, they aren’t present without reason. Symptoms are messages from your body to tell you that something isn’t quite right. Discovering the root cause and attending to that lets you get back on track long term.
The cause isn’t always obvious, but Nutritional Therapy can help to investigate and uncover it [link to functional testing page]. Sticking plasters for symptoms only work for so long and you deserve real answers, not symptom suppression.
Doctor as teacher
As a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist, I love empowering clients to take control of their health. I equip clients with the strategies to manage their health so that eventually, they can do it without me. When this happens, I know I’ve done my job.
I pride myself on my client-focused approach. I listen to how you’re feeling and work at a pace that suits you – coaching and teaching you along the way. Understanding the ‘why’ behind healthy eating and lifestyle is often the key to making changes.
Treat the whole person
In Naturopathic and Functional Medicine, symptoms are not taken in isolation. They’re part of a bigger story, which is why we take the body as a whole. We look at you as a person rather than focusing solely on suppressing your symptoms.
Nutritional, lifestyle, genetic, emotional, environmental, and social factors may be affecting how you feel. We aim to help you make changes to optimise your health to minimise illness. If you don’t currently have serious health problems, we want to keep it that way! Prevention is always better than cure.