Naturopathy in South London and Surrey
What is Naturopathy?
According to the General Council and Register of Naturopaths, naturopathic medicine, or nature cure, is a distinctive system of healing, a philosophy, a science, an art and a practice which seeks to promote health by stimulating and supporting the body's inherent power to regain harmony and balance.
The underpinning principle of nature cure is:
- Do no harm. The naturopathic remedies are non invasive, non toxic nor artificial.
- Only nature heals. Any living being carries within the ability to heal itself. This power is referred to as the Vital Force.
- Naturopathy seeks to treat the cause of disease, not the effect. When disease appears, it means that the Vital Force is working towards the removal of obstructions, which may be biochemical, manifested as excess or deficiency in body fluids such as blood and lymph, or mechanical obstructions such as muscle tension, postural faults and spinal misalignments, or psychological causes such as stress, worry, anxiety, low self esteem and depression.
- Naturopathy treats the whole person, which means that the emotional, mental, spiritual and physical aspects are taken into consideration during the consultation.
- The naturopath is a teacher, by empowering the person to seek health by natural methods.
- Prevention is better than cure.
Naturopathy's main treatment methods are:
- Fasting and cleansing diets. The controlled abstinence of food has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. Some of the reasons for fasting are. Lowered vitality, during acute disease, various allergies, and for elimination of waste from alll channels of elimination such as the skin, lungs, kidney, intestines.
- Clinical Nutrition. is the use of food as a remedy. Controlled studies have demonstrated that by introducing dietary changes many health problems can be eradicated, for example food allergies dramatically respond when the offending food is eliminated. Constipation, digestive problems migraines weight related problems, lack of energy, may be associated with faulty nutrition, at the same time allergies can be treated by desensitisation with homoeopathic remedies made from the offending food.
- Physical Therapy. The naturopathic practitioner uses physical therapies such as osteopathy, cranial osteopathy, breathing techniques, massage, lymphatic drainage, postural re-education, remedial exercises to correct mechanical imbalances, to promote general well-being.
- Hydrotherapy is the therapeutic use of water, both internally and externally to assist healing. Hydrotherapy is beneficial for removing congestion, poor circulation, inflammation, muscle spasm, tiredness. Water can be used internally, for example as drinking water to prevent dehydration, as enemas, and colon hydrotherapy for cleansing and detoxification.
Traditional external uses of water for healing purposes are, spa or hot tubes, steam, sauna, immersion bath, cold bath, cold showers, hot showers, alternated hot and cold showers, ice baths, steam baths, sitz baths, hot or cold pack, poultices, foot bath, fomentation, cold or hot wrap, the combination are endless, all to promote health and vitality.
- Herbal remedies, spagyric remedies, Bach flower drops
- Breathing therapies
- Cleansing diets
- Healthy lifestyle
What Conditions does Naturopathy help?.
Naturopathy has an impressive record as a preventative system of health. In principle any disease can be helped with naturopathy, it is a complementary system of health, therefore its principles allow to be used along allopathic care.
Naturopathic care can assist the person diagnosed with acute, chronic or terminal conditions.
For instance when assessing catarrh a common complaint among smokers, the naturopath would inquire about the general health of the major organs of elimination.
1. The colon for constipation, mucus, flatulence, and dysbiosis
2. The lungs for breathing mechanics in inhalation exhalation rates, mouth
3. Spinal mechanics related to the neck and the thorax areas especially
the vertebrae between the shoulder blades, this areas are examined, for
lack of motion, this is because the nerves constricting the wall of the
bronchus are cranial nerves, and the nerves to dilate the walls of the
bronchus are situated on either side of the thoracic spine around the level
of the shoulder blades.
4. For catarrh, dietary excesses or deficiencies need to be taken into
consideration. For example increased intake of mucus forming foods such as
milk, refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, fizzy drinks are usually seen
as aggravating, by contrast, alkaline foods such as green vegetables and
most fruits are cleansing, and non mucous forming.
By introducing a balanced system of nutrition, elimination, and physical therapies, including breathing therapies, the body's regulatory systems would gradually clear catarrh.
The Naturopath are. Natalie Burnham and Salome Olivia . Member of the General Council and Register of Naturopaths, and the British Naturopathic Association.
Fees £50.00 for the first consultation lasting one hour.
Follow ups £35.00, lasting 45 minutes.
Any remedies are extra.
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