Naturopathy is a holistic approach to health; an approach that looks at the WHOLE person, body, mind, and spirit. The naturopathic approach seeks to find and address the root cause of illness or “dis-ease” in the body, as opposed to simply treating or suppressing symptoms. By addressing the root cause, true vitality and balance can be restored in the body. Naturopaths practice and believe in the healing power of nature and recognize an inherent self-healing process in the body that is intelligent and “hard -wired” into every cell. Therefore, the body does the work and the Naturopath’s role is to help create the correct healing environment by removing obstacles, recommending certain building blocks, and facilitating this self-healing process. Naturopathic physicians educate and encourage their clients to take responsibility for their health by teaching self-care. After all, the root of the word doctor is from the Latin word docere, meaning “to teach”.
Naturopathy involves many natural approaches to balance the well-being of an individual, including but not limited to: addressing the nutritional needs of the body, hydration, moving the body through exercise, sunshine, emotional balancing, structural balancing, spiritual well-being, botanical medicine, homeopathy, detoxification, and energetic healing. The beauty of Naturopathy is that the Naturopath can employ the combination of modalities that may be best suited for the individual, as we are all on our own unique healing path. Naturopathy subscribes to the notion that prevention is the best “cure”, helping people to make lifestyle changes that prevent future illness and allow them to live a long life free of chronic, degenerative disease. You might recognize these common quotes, “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food” and “First, do no harm”. These are foundational quotes from the father of Naturopathy and medicine, Hippocrates.
The body holds an innate intelligence to heal; it is always looking to repair itself. This is how we were designed. If you cut your finger, you see this process before your eyes as the wound heals. This is such a beautiful picture of how the body instinctively heals itself, externally and internally. The thing is, certain conditions must be met for the body to do this. It can’t properly do this work with a poor diet, inadequate sleep, lack of movement, emotional turmoil, stress, etc. Our role as stewards of our body is to provide the body with the building blocks of nutrition, self-care, sunshine, water, exercise, and rest. Then we can place our trust in our body’s inherent wisdom to repair, allowing it to do what it yearns to do.. heal.