A Naturopath combines a range of natural therapies
In short a Naturopath is a Nutritional Therapist , Homeopath, and Herbalist
Seeing a Naturopath is very different to an appointment with a medical Doctor. I am often asked what does a Naturopath do ?
So, I decided to share with you how I work and the main benefits you can get from working with a Naturopath, which I believe are as follows:
1) A detailed health Review
A typical visit to a GP is often a 5- or 10-minute appointment. This is in contrast with visiting a Naturopathic Practitioner, which is usually a 60–90-minute appointment, during which you will discuss your health in depth . At the end of the consultation, the Naturopath will aim to establish a holistic understanding of your health condition. This means looking into your health history, lifestyle choices as well as any present health problems.
2) Complements Medical Practitioners
Naturopathy can work hand-in-hand with, and compliment, what other medical practitioners may also be doing for you. As Naturopaths, we can also bring with us advice that very few Doctors can provide. This is because a Naturopath is taught a different philosophy and will be tackling your health from a different angle. Rather than suppressing symptoms, such as with many pharmaceuticals, Naturopathy is about identifying and addressing the underlying factors that are creating disturbance, so that the condition can be worked out of the body and released.
3) Identify the Roots of Health Issues
If a person has been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in October, it doesn’t mean that it started in October. It could have its roots months or even years prior to this. In this instance, identifying the cause is a vital step, which paves the way for an individual treatment plan.
Catching things early, before they have a chance to develop is even better. An example of this could be with endocrine disorders, such as an Underactive thyroid ,conventional medicine, such as thyroxine, might be prescribed to reduce symptoms. However, Thyroxine does not address the underlying cause of the problem fully.
What’s more, if the cause is left unattended it can be allowed to develop further into a wide variety of ailments from migraines to fatigue, fertility issues and many more.
Supporting it early can save a lot of problems further down the line.
4) Chronic Disease Prevention Support
A Naturopath has the intention of directing and supporting your health to reduce risk factors for disease into the future. It’s not just about treating symptoms as they arise.
Present day signals with chronic hormone related conditions, such as headaches, tiredness, fatigue, depression and anxiety, and insomnia, are all symptoms that have their root cause often years earlier.
The allopathic idea of taking a pill to fix symptoms does very little to rebalance health and clear a state of ill health from the body. This is in contrast to the holistic approach used by a Naturopathic Practitioner.
5) Individualised Therapeutic Support Plans
One of the wonderful aspects of the naturopathic approach is that support plans are tailored to each individual. With the example of Hypothyroidism, once I have identified the factors and root causes I provide an individualised therapeutic plan to support and strengthen the body’s natural innate healing mechanisms.
The length of support varies from person to person, how long the client has had a condition and its severity.
6) Rebuilding Our Natural Healing Mechanisms
The goal is always to restore your natural ability to remain balanced, strengthened and achieve optimum health. This innate ability is strong, but today there are many factors that hamper this ability.
The vast majority of us today have nutritional deficiencies of some kind. This is for many reasons, including:
- So much of our food is transported around the world before being stored for days or weeks in our supermarkets.
- Research has shown that fresh fruits and vegetables can lose 50% of their nutritional quality in 48 hrs if being picked.
- Processing of food is on a mammoth scale today, leading to problems such as farmed fish to chemicals and pesticides in our food.
- Agricultural methods are also very different today.
- Our lifestyles are very different from our grandparents, we work longer hours and often eat out on the run and not so much from scratch in our homes.
Correcting deficiencies and strengthening your body with natural remedies is extremely beneficial. In my practice I employ Nutritional Therapy (minerals and vitamins), Herbs , Homeopathy., and Naturopathic techniques
Get in touch to find out how Naturopathy can help your Thyroid and Hormone Health condition, I work In person from Oxford and London , or online via Zoom .
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