What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine, or Naturopathy, is a practice of preventing, assessing and treating conditions of the human mind and body. By integrating conventional health sciences with a range of natural therapies and traditional medicines, naturopathy treats the patient’s mental, emotional and physical states for a lasting effect.
“Naturopathic Medicine is not passive medicine. It teaches the patient to become an active participant in their own care.”
The foundation of Naturopathy is the philosophy of the “healing power of nature”. This means that the body has its own healing energy within and with the help of naturopathic treatment; the body can repair itself and recover from illness if it is in a healthy and supportive environment.
The Role of the Naturopath
A Naturopath aims to educate, empower and motivate the patient to assume more personal responsibility for his or her health by adopting a healthy attitude, lifestyle and diet. They do not simply treat the manifestation of a disease and its effects but rather search for the cause and treat it, rather than the effect. Prevention of disease is accomplished through naturopathic education which builds a lifestyle that supports health and wellbeing. Naturopathy is suitable for everyone, from infants to the aged.
Benefits of Naturopathy
A Naturopath is trained to employ safe and effective natural therapies that will support and stimulate the healing power of nature in the gentlest, least invasive and most efficient manner possible. The individual is viewed and treated in naturopathic medicine as a whole.
What are Common Naturopathic Treatments?
The appropriate treatment is dependent on each patient. However, in most cases treatment often starts with an overall assessment. Once that is addressed, the options for treatment are numerous. With some patients a gastrointestinal focus is appropriate. With others, treatments such as Biomeso-therapy, detoxification support, allergy elimination diets, targeted nutritional supplementation, or simple lifestyle modification are used. In most patients a combination of treatments are often best.
How long is an Appointment?
The first visit is the most comprehensive in discussing your complete medical history and is the longest visit at 1 hour. Subsequent visits are approximately half that time, depending on the complexity of the issues being addressed.
How is Naturopathic Medicine Different from Conventional Medicine?
The primary difference is the approach to treatment. Conventional medicine is often focused on symptom management. Unfortunately, this often requires use of suppressive medications. Naturopathic Medicine works to understand the underlying cause of illness and how to support the body’s own ability to restore health.
Do Naturopaths Order Labwork?
Yes. All conventional labwork (e.g., CBC, CMP, lipid panel, auto-immune panels, etc.) as well as naturopathic focused testing (e.g., food allergy, detox capacity, GI/Stool testing, etc.) are ordered. Some tests require blood draws, which can be done with your local Doctor.
Is Naturopathic Care covered by Insurance?
I am a qualified practitioner of Naturopathy and a member of Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA), and therefore registered with many different health funds. The rebate you get back will depend on your personal level of cover.
IHCNM is happy to announce that we have been selected as a preferred supplier by Medibank Private for all of our Naturopathy services including weight loss. We are one of only a few clinics within the North Side to receive this honour. Click here for more details.