What is the naturopathic approach?
Naturopathy is a holistic, natural, healthcare system that recognises the healing power of nature present in all living things. As a healing system it aims to promote health, and can help to prevent the onset of many disease processes by employing various natural therapeutic approaches, a cornerstone of which is nutrition.
Over 2000 years ago, Plato said
“The cure of many diseases is unknown to physicians because they are ignorant of the whole. For the part can never be well unless the whole is well”.
Holistic therapies embrace the belief that health is a balance, taking into account physical and environmental factors, our state emotionally and psychologically, what we eat and how much exercise we have.
Evidence of the benefits to health from the powerful combination of Nutritional Therapy with Naturopathic principles have been demonstrated since ancient times, having roots in traditional systems of healing such as Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Natural Healthcare College’s Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy course integrates ancient wisdoms with modern evidence-based nutritional therapeutic approaches to bring you a truly 21st century learning experience
The naturopathic influence of this course incorporates skills such as basic Iridology, nail and tongue analysis to help you almost instantly assess constitutional factors and predispositions that could be the causes of disease and to support the healing power of nature within us all – addressing the cause of disease is infinitely better than merely treating its symptoms.
In line with Naturopathic principles, students are encouraged to develop their own individual styles. Our training encourages students to use simple approaches when making therapeutic recommendations; the easier we can make things for our clients, the greater their potential for recovery. A key naturopathic principle is that the practitioners should educate their clients. With that in mind, the naturopathic approach is to look for the root causes of presenting symptoms (rather than concentrating on the symptoms themselves). Having made that assessment, we help each client to understand their unique biochemical individuality and how a diet that may seem ‘healthy’ for one person, may be totally inappropriate for someone else, even a close family member. We explain how diet and lifestyle may have contributed to the client’s health problems and give them guidance on adjustments that can help put them on the road to optimal health and well-being.
Dr Edward Bach, famous for the Bach Flower Remedies, showed he understood naturopathic approaches when he said:
“Health is our heritage, our right. It is the complete and full union between soul, mind and body; and this is not a difficult far-away ideal to attain, but one so easy and natural that many of us have overlooked it”.