The Sydney Naturopath
Naturopathy is a treatment system that utilizes natural resources to help the body heal itself. Hippocrates, the Greek father of medicine, himself utilized naturopathic medicine and principles in his healthcare system. He used fasting, diet, exercise and physical techniques in his treatments to strengthen the body, and aid it to fight and cure illness. He used them in such a way that by combining various disciplines, the improvement in the vitality of his patients would itself start the healing process.
It should be pointed out that a naturopath whilst knowledgeable about disease and its pathophysiology, do not directly treat the illness. The focus of the naturopath is more on the patient, and the patient’s vitality. Naturopaths believe that by enhancing the vitality of their patients the healing process is supported and strengthened, thus the patient is better equipped to fight their illness.
Today naturopathic physicians (ND`s) are seen as the general practitioners of natural medicine, this is due to their broad understanding of human health. Naturopaths undertake up to 5 years of full time study including a one-year clinical internship. The subjects studied include. Nutritional medicine, evidence based herbal medicine, homoeopathy, remedial therapy, iridology, counselling, Bach medicine and medical sciences. After graduating, a naturopathic physician may choose to specialize in areas such as dark field microscopy (live blood analysis), fertility management or in the area of sports and remedial therapies.
Your practitioner will take a thorough holistic medical history and examine your presenting symptoms in great detail physical examination is also performed. Various screening tools may also be used in order to give your practitioner a better understanding of your overall health, function and vitality. The types of screening tools used may include live blood cell analysis (LBA), biofeedback analysis and iris diagnosis.
Once your practitioner has an overall view of your health a protocol is developed. Your program may involve a bowel or liver detoxification. Dietary and lifestyle changes may also be implemented. Your practitioner may use evidenced based herbs, vitamins, homoeopathic medicines, and amino acids and may use soft tissue manipulation in the treatment protocol.
Homoeopathy like naturopathy is a system of natural medicine that treats the body as a whole and helps it heal itself. The name homoeopathy comes from the Greek word homios meaning like and pathos meaning suffering. Homeopathy therefore means treating like with like, ie this means that a substance that can cause symptoms in a healthy person can also cure similar symptoms in a sick person. It is different to allopathic or conventional medicine where treatment of illness is with antidotes rather than with a substance that is similar to disease.
Homoeopathy first became prominent in the 19th century through German Physician Dr Samuel Hahnemann who pioneered homoeopathy. However it was the father of medicine himself Hippocrates who first introduced homoeopathic medicines into medical practice. Hippocrates` understanding of disease and how it affects the body was a major breakthrough in the development of homoeopathy. He believed that individual’s symptoms, their disease expression, and their healing ability were crucial in diagnosing and treating disease. This philosophy remains the cornerstone of modern homoeopathy today.
On your first visit the homeopathic clinician will take a thorough medical history along with a detailed examination of your symptoms. The homoeopath will ask numerous questions about yourself and your lifestyle. The clinician will ask questions about, your family history, your mental and emotional balance, you’re spiritual beliefs and your diet.
Once your examination is complete a remedy is chosen. Your remedy is chosen based on the practitioners broad understanding of the information received from the first consultation. In choosing the remedy much attention is given to treatment of underlying cause as well as your presenting symptoms.