“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
The principles of Naturopathy were first used by the Hippocratic School of Medicine in about 400 BC. The Greek philosopher Hippocrates believed in viewing the whole person in regards to finding a cause of disease, and using the laws of nature to induce cure.
It was from this original school of thought that Naturopathy takes its principles:
- The healing power of nature – nature has the innate ability to heal
- Identify and address the cause – there is always an underlying cause, be it physical or emotional
- Do no harm – a naturopath will never use treatments that may create other conditions
- Treat the whole person – when preparing a treatment plan, all aspects of a person’s being are taken into consideration
- The Naturopath as a teacher – a naturopath empowers the patient to take responsibility for his/her own health by teaching self-care,
- Prevention is better than cure – a naturopath may suggest removing toxic substances or situations from a client’s lifestyle to prevent the onset of further disease
Naturopathic Nutrition stresses the use of whole, preferably organic, foods. Today, we see that a return to chemical-free foods, along with other dietary measures, is an effective answer to many health complaints and common conditions.
Nutritional therapists are not permitted to diagnose, or claim to treat, medical conditions and nutritional advice is no substitute for medical advice and or treatment. However, they frequently work alongside medical professionals and will communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.