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Naturopathy, also known as Naturopathic Medicine, is a medical system that focuses on the use of natural remedies to help the human body heal itself. It employs several therapies such as herbs, massages, and acupuncture.
It aims to improve overall health, prevent diseases from occurring, and treat illness through the use of organic foods and active lifestyle and use of treatments from other areas of complementary medicine.
The fundamental goal of naturopathy is to treat the person as a whole -- which means the mind, body, and spirit. It also focuses on healing the root causes of a disease and not just stopping the symptoms.
The foundation of naturopathy is based on the philosophy of the “healing power of nature.” It means that the human body has its own healing energy and with the assistance from naturopathy, the body is able to repair itself and recover from any underlying illness if the person is in a healthy and supportive environment.
Naturopaths use several approaches in treating their patients. Examples include:
They also aim to educate, empower and motivate their patients to assume personal responsibility over their own health and well-being by adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle. Disease prevention is achieved through naturopathic education which helps build a healthy lifestyle.
Naturopathy is used for treating several health issues which include:
There are a number of different paths you can take if you are interested in becoming an accredited naturopath.
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Founded in 1920, the NHAA are Australia's oldest professional association of complementary therapists.
ANPA is a democratic association that was established in 1975 to help with issues that affect naturopaths.
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