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Choosing a Naturopath


Choosing a naturopath is an essential tool in managing one's nutrition, environment and lifestyle.  It may also be necessary to consult one to determine the root cause of a disease, illness or affliction that is degrading your quality of life. Naturopathy believes that the human body can naturally regenerate and self-heal, though it increasingly needs assistance in a world which encourages poor diet and lifestyle habits.

Choosing a naturopath

Choosing a naturopath is a very personal experience, as health and the treatment of disease is an intimate exercise. Meeting a practitioner face to face is the most effective method of determining if they are appropriate for your needs.  References from friends or colleagues can also be an invaluable way of assessing a practitioner's effectiveness and competence.It is advisable to ensure your practitioner is registered, and therefore qualified, so enquire before you start consulting a practitioner. The General Council and Register of Naturopaths (GCRN) is the British Register for this sector. Registration is confined to those practitioners trained and working in the UK.

The role of a naturopath

The naturopath is primarily interested in encouraging a healthy attitude, diet and lifestyle for their patients. Treatment is aimed prevention or identifying the cause of the disease or illness, unlike conventional western medicine which is chiefly focused on remedying symptoms.  They will typically utilise a range of treatments to effectively enable the body to heal itself.

Naturopathic treatments

A naturopath may use an array of techniques to analyse and treat a patient.  These include:

  • Diet and nutrition - what you eat is a crucial aspect of naturopathic medicine
  • Herbal medicine - plants and plant extracts are powerful medicinal tools for naturopaths
  • Iridology - marks on the iris can indicate the state of health of an individual
  • Homeopathy - elements of substances are introduced into the body to activate self healing
  • Blood analysis -  this technique can indicate the level of activity the immune system

Benefits of naturopathic medicine

Naturopathy is valued for a range of features, including:

  • Healing objective instead of treatment
  • Non-invasive
  • Natural
  • Enhanced lifestyle
  • Improved nutrition and diet
  • Conditions treated

Naturopathy can treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Digestive disorders
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Weight loss
  • Allergies
  • Immune disorders
  • Reproductive complications such as infertility; and
  • Cardiovascular complications such as high cholesterol

Find a naturopath in your local area in the Natural Therapy Pages local directory.


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