An Introduction To Naturopathy

What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy is a system of primary health care that comprises a range of therapies such as herbal medicine, nutrition, diet and life style guidance, homeopathy, iridology, flower essences and massage. All or any of these, may be employed to help strengthen, nourish and benefit the body. This will help ensure improved health, vitality and healing of body and mind, without harm to the body systems.

The history of Naturopathy dates back centuries to the ‘father’ of medicine, Hippocrates. Naturopathic philosophy and practice is to support the natural healing ability of the body. The most important philosophy adhered to by a naturopath is “first do no harm” This includes using healing therapies and substances that have no harmful side effects, but rather support, nourish and help heal the body.

The naturopathic approach is truly wholistic as it ensures that your physical, mental and emotional condition is supported and improved. The role of the naturopath is to identify and help remove any barriers that can prevent the natural healing process in the body.

Naturopathic Practitioners in Australia, are trained in medical sciences including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pathology, as well as the modalities of herbalism, nutrition, iridology, homeopathy, naturopathic philosophy, counselling skills and massage.

Membership in a Natural Therapies professional body or association, such as ANTA or AAMT, ensures that standards and qualifications for a Naturopath are of an acceptable and approved standard. Gayle is a senior member of ANTA.

Health Fund rebates (depending on level of cover) are available as Naturopathy is a recognised Primary Health Care treatment in Australia as well as around the world.