A little History on Naturopathic Medicine
The principles of Naturopathy were first used by the Hippocratic School of Medicine around 400 BC. The Greek philosopher Hippocrates believed in viewing the whole person in regards to finding a cause of disease, and using the laws of nature to restore wellbeing. It was from this original school of thought that the principles of Naturopathic Medicine were formulated (explained below).
- The healing power of nature: the human body has an inherent ability to heal itself and to maintain health when prompted. Naturopathic medicine facilitates the bodies' natural processes to restore health.
- Identify and treat the cause: symptoms are an indication of an underlying imbalance. There is always an underlying cause, be it physical, emotional or a type of exposure from chemicals or pollutants etc.
- Do no harm: a Naturopath avoids the use of treatments that may create other conditions or harm the patient.
- Treat the whole person: when preparing a treatment plan, all aspects of an individual are taken into consideration, looking at each system of the body and how they are interrelated.
- Naturopath aims to facilitate: a Naturopath aims to empower the patient through education and emphasising responsibility for the patient's own health by elucidating the importance of self-care through diet, lifestyle and general wellbeing, be it physical or emotional.
- Prevention focused: a Naturopath puts emphasis on the prevention of disease. They will help to recognise or eliminate ‘toxic’ substances and situations from a patient’s lifestyle to prevent the onset of further disease. This may include harmful lifestyle stimulants, food allergens or stressors etc.
In conjunction with the above principles, Naturopathy also encompasses the fact that internal influences and external influences can effect the body and its overall wellbeing. Your practitioner will acknowledge these influences in order to better understand how well your body systems are functioning and integrating (i.e. endocrine system, digestive system, central nervous system etc). By recognising any internal or external disruptions, your Naturopath may be able to distinguish any imbalances that may effect how well your body is able to function, heal and recover.
Your Naturopath Consultation will encompass:
- Nutritional Advice by using food as medicine.
- Traditional herbal medicine and liquid herbs.
- Functional pathology testing.
- Iridology assessment.
- Homeopathy, flower essences.
- Lifestyle assessment and modifications.
- Physical examinations i.e blood pressure, tongue and nail assessment.
At Vyne Health, our Naturopath Holly may be able to assist with the following conditions:
- Skin conditions (acne)
- Painful periods (dysmenorrhoea)
- PMS i.e. mood swings, breast tenderness, food cravings etc.
- Heavy periods
- Irregular cycle
- Missing period (amenorrhoea)
- Low libido
- Post-pill support i.e coming off hormonal birth control
- Pregnancy i.e. pre-conception, symptoms associated with pregnancy and 4th trimester care
- Abdominal pain
- Irregular bowel movements
- Food Intolerances
Nervous System Imbalances:
- Sleep Disorders
- Low energy
If you are interested in a Naturopathic consultation, bookings can be made through our online booking system on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to write to us on our contact page. We look forward to helping and meeting you!