The benefits of visiting a naturopath
There are many benefits you can receive from making an appointment with a naturopath. A naturopath will offer a holistic treatment program and draw upon a range of complementary and natural medicines to help you address your illness and regain your health.
If you are seeking an alternative treatment plan to conventional medicine or are just looking for a natural way to boost your health and wellbeing, a visit to a naturopath may be the answer for you.
Naturopathy offers a holistic approach to health care
Holistic medicine is a mode of healing that addresses the entire person including physical ailments as well as any mental or emotional issues. A naturopath offers treatment that focuses on the root cause of the illness rather than just the overt symptoms. After identifying this cause, the illness will less likely return once treatment has stopped.
Naturopathy is a natural medicine
A naturopath will recommend a treatment plan that will draw on the body’s ability to heal itself. Treatments are natural, safe and gentle and can be personalised to suit the individual needs of the client. A naturopath may use herbal medicine, hydrotherapy, dietary and lifestyle advice, homoeopathy, flower essences, iridology and a range of other modalities to comprise a treatment program. Naturopathy uses a natural care philosophy, meaning it does not share the same side effects of conventional medicine. In general, a naturopath can tailor make a treatment plan to suit people of all ages and background and achieve beneficial results.
In sickness and in health
You do not necessarily need an illness in order to visit a naturopath. If you are healthy, you can visit a naturopath to gain a full picture of your health. A naturopath may use modalities such as live blood analysis for a general health assessment to determine any areas that need improvement. A naturopath will be able to recommend advice or perhaps supplements to help you maintain and encourage good health.
Conditions that a naturopath may be able to assist with
Naturopaths are able to treat a range of conditions and ailments. They also have a focus on educating the patient to make healthy lifestyle changes. A naturopath can assist with:
- Arthritic conditions
- Back pain
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Digestive complaints such as irritable bowel syndrome and ulcers
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Menstrual and menopausal problems
- Skin conditions
Naturopathy as alternative medicine
Naturopathy is growing in popularity as an alternative medicine that people are turning to when conventional medicine fails to produce beneficial results. A naturopath will follow a similar course to a GP and will take a detailed patient history and a series of laboratory tests to confirm the diagnosis. They will, however, have a different perspective to the way they view the presenting condition and the body.