The human body is an amazing thing. It is made up of about 200 kinds of cells, each with a job to perform. Cells form the tissue of your beating heart, the hormones that control your moods, and the chemicals that trigger thoughts in your brain. Trillions of cells are performing processes during every second of your life.¹
Whenever something causes these processes to become unbalanced, the body no longer performs to precision. You may feel specific symptoms or an overall feeling of not being well. A naturopath uses natural resources to help the body restore balance so that you can achieve optimal health. These “resources” often include herbs, vitamins, minerals, homeopathy and dietary adjustmentsbut they also extend to meditation, counselling, and other alternative treatments.
The Role of the Naturopath
A natural health practitioner, or naturopath, has in-depth knowledge of the tools he uses. This knowledge includes an understanding of natural resources such as herbs, and their innate properties. A skilled naturopath has a strong desire to improve the way you feel in body, mind, and spirit. They understand the impact that your physical, mental, and emotional symptoms have on your life.
Prevention is also a large part of naturopathy. The naturopath can look at the morphology of your blood, your genetics or energetics to assess your risk for health conditions in the future. They will take a very personalised approach to determining the types of treatments and therapies you need to achieve your best health and general well-being in both the present and the future.
What a Naturopath Can Do for You
Naturopathy is often used to complement medical treatment for chronic conditions. It may also lead to relief for symptoms and resolution of common conditions like allergies, food intolerances, digestive disorders, skin disorders, pain and stress. These conditions are often difficult to pinpoint. While most are not life-threatening, the symptoms you live with each day can greatly affect every area of your health and keep you from enjoying activities that are important to you.
We have seen first-hand how naturopathy can touch people’s lives. This example of a woman presenting with chronic recurring cold and flu symptoms over a 12-month period, making her constantly tired, fatigued, foggy and generally unwell. Supported by naturopathic treatment and lifestyle advice she built up her immunity and health resilience. She has come through this winter season cold, flu and allergy free with increased vitality, energy and feeling great.
The Dangers of Self-Diagnosis
Well established in our community, respected Naturopath Peter Balogh advises that “Some of the conditions that cause a loss of well-being require some trial and error to detect. Many conditions cause similar symptoms in spite of being quite different from one another.”
This is why self-diagnosis is never a good idea, especially if you are already on medications. Making a wrong assumption or mixing herbal remedies with prescription medications can result in health complications. Instead, you should put your care into the hands of a knowledgeable and experienced naturopath who knows how to find the best solutions for you.
What to Look for in a Naturopath
There are many levels of naturopathic care practitioners with varying areas of study. Some of the most important features to look for in a naturopath are training, years of experience, and the modalities or services specialised in by the practitioner for yourindividualised naturopathic treatment and optimal outcome.