What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is traditional and evidence-based medicine that uses herbal remedies, nutrition, detoxification, nutritional supplements, flower essences and lifestyle advice to assist the body back to balance.
Traditional knowledge of plant medicine, nutrition and natural living is combined with current evidence from clinical health trials to provide a tool box of approaches to stimulate your body’s self-healing ability.
Historically, Naturopathy has arisen from traditional herbal medicine passed down through the centuries and the ‘Nature Cure’ tradition of Europe which was a combination of hydrotherapy, nutrition, homeopathy, massage and spinal manipulation. The term ‘Naturopathy’ arose in the United States the early 20th century as a formal professional healing modality.
Naturopathy takes a holistic approach to health, considering the physical, emotional, mental, environmental, genetic, nutritional, energetic and lifestlye causes that may be contributing to your health condition. It taps into the intelligence of the body to stimulate and support its self-healing.
Naturopathic principles are to work with the healing power of nature; to address the cause of a health issue; to look at the whole body; to work as preventative medicine without harm; and to work in partnership through education about health issues.
Could Naturopathy help me?
Naturopathy may assist with a variety of health conditions for people of all ages. Some examples include:
What can I expect from a Naturopathy treatment?
Your initial Naturopathic consultation will last 1½ hours and will start with your therapist taking a comprehensive case history and asking questions about your health issue. Your therapist will complete a physical examination (with your consent) and kinesiology muscle testing.
Your case history helps your therapist to gain an holistic picture of your life and factors that may be contributing to your current health condition. This includes questions about your physical body, lifestyle, mind and emotions, environment and diet. You and your therapist will then develop a health plan together for your wellbeing.
Naturopathy Diagnostic Testing
Naturopathy uses a variety of testing methods to help evaluate the body status such as naturopathic pathology tests (saliva, urine and stool testing), hair mineral analysis for metal and mineral status, food and chemical sensitivity panels, iridology, tongue diagnosis, questionnaires and kinesiology muscle testing.
Pathology testing is available either through your doctor or a Naturopathic pathology laboratory. Naturopathic laboratories carry out cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, immunological (including allergy and sensitivity testing), nutritional and neurological analyses through urine, saliva and stool samples. A test kit is sent to your home and the samples are delivered to the Naturopathic pathology service in New Zealand.
Please bring copies of any laboratory tests that you have to the session such as blood tests, hair mineral analysis, stool tests, etc.
Iridology is the study of the iris which reveals the state of the tissues of the whole body. It can indicate tissue inflammation, the state of body tissue, constitutional strength, inherent weaknesses and the stage of health. It offers a unique look into the inner environment of the body. The iris is studied through a magnifying glass or a picture taken with an iridology camera.
Hair Mineral Analysis
Hair mineral analysis is a laboratory test that measures the mineral composition of your hair. This provides information on the mineral status in your body tissues and on heavy metal toxicity in the body. A blood test indicates the level of minerals circulating around the body via the blood stream. However, it does not give a picture of the mineral levels in the body tissues. A hair mineral analysis is therefore necessary to indicate possible mineral imbalances or the presence of toxic elements in the body that may be contributing to a health condition.
Kinesiology Muscle Testing
Kinesthetic Resonance is a very subtle form of kinesiology muscle testing. Rather than using force, it requires the tester to tune in to the energy of the person they are testing in order to detect subtle muscle changes in response to different substances.
Kinesthetic Resonance is used to support the choice of herbal medicine and nutritional supplements and to locate food sensitivities.
Kinesiology muscle testing is completed while you are lying, fully clothed, on the treatment table. One of your arms is used to muscle test for herbs, supplements and food and to ask general questions about your health.