Frequently Asked Questions
What are the basic principles of Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is all about treating the root cause of diseases and not just the symptoms. This is why naturopathic treatments vary from person to person and there is no ‘general’ treatment or one-therapy-fits-all. It is governed by the following principles:
First, do no harm
Doctor as teacher
Treat the cause
Treat the whole person
Healing power of nature
Disease prevention and health promotion
Naturopaths help educate, advise and support people to make changes in their lifestyle, diet, personal habits and attitude so they can eliminate toxins in their life.
How different is Naturopathic medicine?
It includes natural therapies, which are mostly non-invasive. The treatments take into consideration your diet, physical activities, emotional quotient, physiology etc. There are several modalities customised for each patient. Therefore, no two patients can have the same treatment. Also, no two naturopathic practitioners use the same methodology to treat the patients.
Is Naturopathic medicine proven by science?
Naturopathic practices have ancient roots. Hippocrates “the father of medicine”, first used the principles circa 400 BC. It’s forever evolving and although it has traditional roots, today, it is backed with scientific evidence and research. This means that it is most effective.
What is the role of diet in Naturopathy?
Diet plays an important role in Naturopathy, as it’s believed food is the best medicine, when taken at the right time and right proportion. What kind of food you eat also has a lot of effect on the body’s toxic levels and therefore Naturopathic practitioner will prescribe a diet that is in-sync with the treatment.
What is the difference between Naturopathy and Homeopathy?
Naturopaths are general practitioners of natural medicine. They can prescribe Homeopathy as a part of an individual’s treatment apart from several other therapies. Homeopaths use only homeopathy to treat patients and no other forms of treatment. Both are alternative healing therapies that can be options for those looking for a cure that’s not immediate.
What conditions can be treated with Naturopathy?
There are many diseases and disorders can be treated well with Naturopathy.
Can children opt for Naturopathy?
Yes, children of all ages respond very well to Naturopathy.
What are the limitations of Naturopathy?
Limitations of Naturopathy are few and far between. It mainly depends on how the body responds to the treatments. People who are above 80 years of age may fall under this category. It can’t be used as an emergency treatment or in the case of some rare illnesses.
Do I need my GP’s approval to visit a Naturopath?
You don’t need to depend or wait for the GP’s approval to visit a Naturopath. However, the Naturopath needs to know about your current medications or treatments. It is always a good idea to take your medical records along. Ideally, you need to keep the GP informed of any treatment that you opt to take up, so they can update information in their records.
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