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The principles of Naturopathy were first used by the Hippocratic School of Medicine in about 400 BC. The Greek philosopher Hippocrates believed in viewing the whole person in regards to finding a cause of disease, and using the laws of nature to induce cure. It was from this original school of thought that Naturopathy takes its principles. He maintained that health was dependent upon regular exercise and eating simple, good-quality food, and that disease only occurred as a result of a disturbance in the balance of the body. Today’s naturopathic practitioners continue to advocate the importance of a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and work with clients to prevent illness and to promote health.
Extensive research into the links between emotions and the immune system supports the connection between the emotional and physical state; in most cases of dis-ease there is an underlying emotional imbalance.
Naturopathy supports the body’s natural vitality, thus allowing the body to heal itself and may use a range of practices including nutrition, herbal medicine, flower essences, iridology and bodywork therapies to provide the best and most appropriate treatment for each individual.
The basic principles of naturopathy are:
The healing power of nature – individuals possess the power to heal themselves
Identify and treat the cause rather than just the symptoms of ill health
The individual is unique
The practitioner will treat the whole person not just the affected area of the body
Prevention is better than cure
Do no harm – a Naturopath will never use treatments that may create other conditions
The physician as teacher – empowers the client to take responsibility for one’s own health
The following therapists offer 'Naturopathy':