What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy is a distinct and complete system of health care. 
  • Naturopaths treat both acute and chronic conditions.
  • Naturopathic care is well suited to anyone at any age.
  • Naturopaths have many answers for common conditions.
  • Naturopaths use various modalities in their practice.
  • Naturopaths offer the public significant health support providing millions and millions of consultations with good outcomes across the nation each year.
  • Naturopaths work alongside your GP or other health professional to offer you the best patient-centred care.

Naturopathy is both an art and a science.  Naturopaths are prevention medicine specialists. Today naturopaths use scientific evidence as well as traditional evidence in their practice.

Six foundational principles underpin the practice of naturopathy:
1 – Utilising and harnessing the power of nature:
  • That the body and mind has the inherent ability and potential to self correct and achieve homeostasis.
2 – First do no harm:
  • That whatever we suggest or prescribe, whether it be ingestible substances, or a lifestyle or dietary change, we are not causing harm.
3 – Find and treat the cause whenever possible:
  • We do not ignore the symptoms, we treat and alleviate them, but are always seeking to identify and treat the underlying driver of the problem and find the underlying cause.
4 – Treat the whole patient:
  • Identifying early on what the clients’ beliefs are about their health care, who their support systems are, what matters to them, what are their priorities, and how we can align care with who this person is beyond only referencing their labelled diagnosis.
5 – Education:
  •  Naturopath as teacher and facilitator fully informs, empowers and guides improved understanding so that the client is more likely to make improved health choices.
6 – Prevention:
  • Naturopathy is a different paradigm from conventional medicine. This difference is apparent in how we take a case, identify and understand and treat a disease or functional physiological imbalance long before it becomes a diagnosable pathology. This ability is a true strength of what the paradigm of naturopathy has to offer.
Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association