What is Naturopathic Nutrition and HOW is it different to mainstream Nutritional Therapy?
Naturopathic nutrition is a holistic therapy that uses the healing principles of Naturopathy with a focus in Nutritional Therapy. It differs to mainstream nutritional therapy in that it is rooted in the practice of Naturopathy which includes the energertics of foods, energy medicine such as Bach Flower Remedies and helps patients to restore harmony through achieving balance in the MIND, BODY and SPIRIT. It treats everyone as an individual, taking into account the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of the whole person when assessing health problems. Naturopathic nutrition recognises food selection and preparation as a healing art that seeks to address imbalances in the body. By creating the most favourable conditions to stimulate and enhance the body’s natural healing power through diet, lifestyle and possibly supplementation, a naturopathic nutritionist can help individuals with a range of health problems. Naturopathic nutrition protocols can incorporates herbs, spices, foods, nutritional supplements, exercise, stress reduction techniques , energy medicine, essential oils.
The Principles Of Naturopathy
Naturopathic Nutritionists aim to seek out and advise on ways to remove or reduce the cause of disease (e.g. toxins, chemicals in personal care products & household materials, heavy metal exposure, etc) rather than simply treating the symptoms. As a car requires oil, gas, water, spark plugs and regular servicing to run smoothly – the human body also requires essential nutrients. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and East Indian Ayurvedic medicine systems are also used in work with the constitution of the client for optimal healing.
Take for example, a patient presenting with a skin complaint such as eczema. The conventional approach to treatment uses steroid creams to suppress the symptoms. A naturopathic nutritionist on the other hand will begin by examining a multiplicity of factors such as: the integrity of the digestive system, possible food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies and environmental stressors which can all play a role in the disease process.
Naturopathic nutrition stresses the use of whole and organic foods as medicine – an integral concept of healing in many indigenous societies. 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.
Naturopathic nutrition brings together authentic traditions of East Indian and Oriental medicine with current,Western research-based nutrition.
Patients may seek advice from a Naturopathic Nutritionist for conditions such as the following: asthma, allergies, eczema, inflammatory bowel diseases, IBS, arthritis, immune support, adrenal fatigue/CFS, thyroid issues, weight loss, low energy, stress, PCOS/hormone imbalance, fertility support, sleep problems, autoimmune diseases, healthy ageing, and much more.
Naturopathic nutrition can be used alone or alongside conventional medicine.