Naturopathy is an approach to healthcare that emphasises optimal wellness, disease prevention, patient education and the use of natural, non-toxic remedies to support the body’s inherent healing processes…
Its roots lie in classical Greek medicine, as practised by Hippocrates, and seeks the cause of the disease rather than simply suppressing the symptoms. The symptoms of a disease are always viewed as the body’s natural attempt to heal. A naturopath’s goal is therefore not to impose external order but to allow the natural internal one to be restored. The underlying principle of naturopathic medicine is to heal in harmony with the natural functions of the body without causing harm.
Naturopaths consider emotional, psychological, structural and biochemical (diet, toxicity, deficiency) factors and how they interact within each individual. Modern scientific research supports the naturopathic aim of enhancing the natural healing potential of the human body. It is this combination of the healing power of nature and scientific methods that makes naturopathic medicine an important treatment option.
The remedies and lifestyle modifications recommended by Jenny Blondel abide by the principles of naturopathic philosophy:
- First, do no harm.
- Find the cause.
- Treat the whole person.
- View medicine as preventative.
- Utilise the healing power of nature.
A naturopath uses safe and effective natural therapies to support and stimulate the healing power of nature in the gentlest, least invasive and most efficient manner possible. Naturopaths use a range of methods to assist in the healing process including nutrition – diet and lifestyle recommendations, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, flower essences, homoeopathy, hair, tongue, and nail analysis, iridology and sometimes massage.
Each patient is viewed and treated in naturopathy as a whole being – looking at physical, mental, emotional, social and other factors.
An initial appointment with a Naturopath will take 1 hour in which your medical history, family medical history, diet and lifestyle will be reviewed in order to determine a naturopathic treatment regime suited to your individual needs. Diagnostic procedures such as physical exams, blood and urine analysis may be required in order to establish a optimal health treatment program. Naturopathy is suitable for everyone, from infants to the elderly.
Naturopathic principles may be applied to almost any health concern. Chronic conditions respond particularly well to naturopathic treatment because of their connection to diet and lifestyle behaviours. Commonly treated conditions include:
- Female reproductive problems such as endometriosis, menopausal symptoms, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Male reproductive problems
- Thyroid gland problems
- Colds and flu/poor immunity
- Skin conditions: Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis
- Chronic fatigue
- Anxiety and Depression
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Adrenal fatigue
Graduate of the Nature Care College, Sydney, Australia, and Member of the British Naturopathic Association (BNA), the General Council and Register of Naturopaths (GCRN), and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).