Naturopathy is both an integrated system of medicine and philosophy of healing dating back thousands of years. The core foundation is a premise that the body possesses an inherent ability to heal itself. Naturopaths harness this ability and the healing powers of nature via herbs, vitamins and minerals, water, sunshine and fresh air; to support and enable health and wellbeing. An important naturopathic healing approach is to treat the person and not the disease, and treat the cause rather than the effects. Naturopathy emphasises prevention and encourages healthy lifestyles through physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
Nutrition is vital for all life processes and anything that involves life has it at its core. Most illnesses start from nutritional imbalances and nutrient deficiencies, hence nutrition is the first step to and the foundation of good health, wellness and vitality. We are much more than what we eat and nutrition involves not only eating a good diet—it is about nourishment on every level. It involves relationships with family, friends, the society, and the planet. A naturopathic nutrition approach includes developing healthy eating habits, eating foods that support your health, fit your lifestyle and give you joy.
Herbal medicine utilises remedies derived from plant-based materials such as flowers, leaves and roots. Effective prescribing is based on centuries of formulations passed down from many different cultures and traditions. Combining traditional formulas with the latest scientific knowledge, herbal medicines are widely prescribed today. More and more traditional uses of herbs are being validated by scientific studies. Using herbal formulas prepared individually for each patient allows precise combining of indicated herbs that have specific therapeutic actions with healing and balancing effects on both acute and chronic illnesses – all this in one bottle!
Flower essences, such as Bach Flowers and Australian Bush Flowers, are liquid plant preparations made directly from specially selected wild flowers. The remedies act on the energetic level in the body and are taken orally a few drops at a time acting as a catalyst for positive inner transformation, enhancing emotional and psychological wellbeing. Just as good food nourishes the body, flower essences nourish the soul. They can be safely taken along with any food, herb, supplements or prescription medicines without any interaction. After taking flower essences, many people are able to heal faster, cope better with stress, gain a better life perspective and have a deeper sense of wellbeing. Taking flower essences can literally change your life!
Iridology involves analysing the iris’s colour and structure to gain insight into a person’s physical, emotional and mental health. Eye analysis adds to the ‘fine tuning’ of treatment strategies, the state of body biochemistry and emotional factors that can be hard to determine by other methods. Illnesses past and present are visible allowing taking steps to correct them. The iris not only displays genetic strengths and weakness but also the presence and location of inflammation, the level of vitality and state of the nervous system and, importantly, the degree a patient is responding to the current treatment. The iris is a diagnostic tool but it is not used for a clinical diagnosis of a specific disease. Iris signs develop well (often years) before symptoms of medical diseases can be determined.
Functional Medicine (or Systems Medicine) is a relatively new field of medicine that focuses on understanding the origins, prevention and treatment of complex chronic diseases. This type of medicine is patient-centered, integrative and science-based. While much of functional medicine is biochemically based (it makes extensive use of a variety of laboratory tests to help determine functioning of body systems and organs), it adresses you, the patient as a whole person, with a unique set of circumstances and a unique set of genes. All these factors interact in the development of what we call “a disease”. Functional Medicine integrates conventional medicine with naturopathic therapies utilising nutrition, supplements, herbs, exercise and stress reduction approaches. The Kalish Method is an example of an effective program dealing with adrenal fatigue and the endocrine system.
Described as a kind of spiritual process with psychological benefits, PSYCH-K is a simple and direct way to change self-limiting beliefs at the subconscious level of the mind (i.e. below the level of conscious awareness) where nearly all human behaviour originates. Our beliefs are the foundation of our personalities. Our behaviours are a direct reflection of our beliefs and perceptions generated from past experiences. They define us as healthy or sick, worthy or worthless, powerful or powerless etc. Beliefs have effect on every area of our lives – our physical and mental health, moods, relationships and self-esteem. Often we want to change our self-defeating behaviours but don’t know how and PSYCH-K does just that. The process is similar to reprogramming a personal computer using PSYCH-K as a kind of ‘keyboard’ to access our minds, and then edit or re-write the ‘files’ accordingly. For more information visit www.psych-k.com
GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome)
GAPS diet protocol was created by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride to support digestive healing necessary for the recovery from many diseases. The main premise of GAPS is the existence of a close connection between the digestive system and the brain. The term was created by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride in 2004 after working with hundreds of children and adults with neurological and psychiatric conditions, such as autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD), schizophrenia, dyslexia, depression, obsessive–compulsive disorder and other neuro-psychological and psychiatric problems. Our goal is to spread Dr Campbell-McBride’s message and support you on the way to digestive health. For detailed information on the GAPS diet please visit Dr Campbell-McBride’s website as well as http://gapsaustralia.com.au. In addition, refer to Gut & Psychology Syndrome book by Dr Campbell-McBride available for purchase in Naturimedica’s Shop
Relaxation and Stress Reduction
Excessive stress leads to poor health outcomes and emotional exhaustion, its effects range from relatively minor complains like headaches in the short run, to major illnesses like heart disease and high blood pressure after years of not managed stress. With our busy lives, it doesn’t always seem important to take on the practice of stress management before it has a health impact. Stress reduction is important because stress worsens the symptoms or course of almost any disorder. It is most effective when the source of stress can be identified so that right prevention and relief measures can be taken. Not only does a regular stress management practice stave off the negative effects of stress but it also brings positive outcomes such as better health and more happiness. Putting in the effort to learn effective strategies for stress relief and low-stress living will pay off in the long run. Therefore stress management is among the most important skills to learn on your way to good health!