Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of health care with an emphasis on prevention and the restoration of the body’s own repair mechanisms, using a combination of modalities. By recognising the integrity of the whole person, rather than simply focusing on the symptoms, naturopaths blend centuries-old knowledge with current research on health and human systems and a philosophy that nature is the most effective healer.
The practice of naturopathy is founded on the development of a therapeutic relationship and the implementation of customised strategies based on holistic principles. Responsibility for health and healing lies within each individual – it is the naturopath’s role to create an environment for healing to occur.
Naturopathy evolved out of the ancient healing traditions of Europe, with its roots in early Greek medical philosophy. Naturopathic philosophy serves as the basis for naturopathic practice, the foundation of which is the following six principles:
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