What Is Natural Medicine?
Natural medicine, functional medicine, naturopathy, clinical nutrition or complementary medicine all have similarities in the style and the approach in treating health conditions, preservation of health and prevention of disease.
A relatively new term being used to describe a patient centred approach rather than a disease centred one. Engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic way, addressing the whole person rather than isolating people to their symptoms. Considerations and treatments are decided upon, by looking at the interactions among lifestyle factors, such as diet, sleep, movement, stress management etc, and genetics and environmental factors and how these are influencing both short and long term health. We use pathology testing to bring and add more context and allows us to measure progress in another way. This style mimics many of the philosophy's of Naturopathy, and could be classed as a type of "new age" Naturopathy.
Clinical nutrition is all about nutrition, the types of food, the ratio of macronutrients, the presence of micronutrients. It's clinical because it also involves testing nutrient levels such as vitamin B12, folate, vitamin D, zinc, copper, electrolytes, selenium, iodine, iron etc. This style fits in nicely with functional medicine and naturopathy.
Naturopathy is a system of healthcare that incorporates a range of natural therapies, which collectively assist in the prevention and management of illness and disease, or in other words, maintaining optimal health and wellbeing. We include functional nutrition, clinical nutrition to this which mainly incorporates the scientifically endorsed pathology tests.
Naturopathic philosophy views patients as clients and heavily considers lifestyle changes that meet each clients need. Treatment strategies can incorporate both nutrient supplementation but also herbal supplementation, which is missing in both functional and clinical nutrition.
At Natural Health Medicine, all our practitioners have degrees, we draw on all of these styles, and this combination of practical, logical approach to health combined with an understanding of nutritional biochemistry, modern scientific research and knowledge, offers a comprehensive and integrative approach to healthcare needs. You can check out more on our 6 ways here.
The healing power of nature
Naturopathic Medicine will use food and its nutrients, herbal medicine, and lifestyle changes to improve an individual’s health and wellbeing.
First do no harm
A Naturopath will ensure that all treatments aim to maintain and/or improve an individual’s current health.
If a patient requires more specific or advanced medical care, a Naturopath will always refer that patient to an appropriate healthcare practitioner.
Find and treat the cause
A Naturopath will take a thorough case history to ensure that whenever possible, the treatment addresses any potential causes of illness/disease rather than suppressing just the symptoms.
Treat the whole person
Naturopathy will address all body systems that may be playing a role in a particular condition, including the most powerful of all - the mind.
A Naturopath aims to educate their clients on what is going on in their body, and how particular nutrients, diet and lifestyle changes, or herbal medicines may help.
By implementing certain diet and lifestyle strategies, or using specific nutritional and herbal medicine, a Naturopath can help guide a very specific treatment plan for an individual in order to prevent illness and disease, or prevent the worsening of a condition already diagnosed.