The 6 Principles of Naturopathy
The Healing Power of Nature – Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
Identify and Treat the Causes – Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
First Do No Harm – Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
Doctor as Teacher – Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
Treat the Whole Person – View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.
Prevention – Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.
Naturopathy treatment aims to restore balance and prevent disease, while supporting the body, mind and emotions during the healing process and one does not need to wait until they are unwell to benefit from naturopathy.
Using a holistic approach to wellness with gentle therapeutic techniques and the healing power of nature such as dietary, nutritional and lifestyle advice; Western Herbal Medicine; Nutritional Medicine and Australian Bush Flower Essences, we can support the innate ability for the body to heal itself.
The 6 Naturopathic Principles are based on treating each person as an individual and treating the whole person, not just the affected area, and above all, honouring the body’s innate wisdom to heal.
He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
In a healthy person, the different parts of the body work together perfectly all the time. That we can walk, for example, without thinking about it is made possible through accurate co-ordination by the nervous system. Similarly, every activity – be it the digestion of food, or the beating of the heart – can be traced ultimately to perfect co-operation between cells.
How the cells know what other cells are doing is still one of the biggest mysteries of the body. How do healthy cells tell each other to stop growing and why do cancer cells not do that? It was not until the 17th century that the dutchman Van Leeuwenhoek, with the help of his primitive microscope, discovered that the body was made up of cells. Scientists have since discovered that cells are made up of even smaller components known as organelles, which together ensure that the cell functions properly. Using an electron microscope, scientists can even examine the genetic information carried a cells DNA.
That the body functions as a whole despite having millions of cells is because of them have specialised activities. For example, the liver cells produce bile, the skin cells produce hair and the cells of muscles are responsible for power and movement. This means that organs that are composed of a great many different cells – for example the intestines – can carry out complicated tasks, such as digestion of food. This specialisation, with each part of the body having its own function, allows for maximum efficiency. However, it also has disadvantages; it means that every organ is indispensable and if one organ is defective its work cannot be taken over by other parts of the body.