Don't wait to get sick to get better
“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food” – Hippocrates
Optimal health or wellness can be described as the constant, conscious pursuit of living life to its fullest potential.
Do you remember the days when you bounced out of bed in the mornings, excited, positive and energized? Have these days been replaced with the desire for sleep?
Have your days lost their luster and excitement?
Often these are signs that your health is not optimum. Feeling physically healthy and strong, can promote the growth of your relationships, it is easier to be a better parent, spouse, worker, playmate if you feel well.
Is it not better to prevent yourself from getting sick by living a life of wellness than to get sick and then try to get better? Your goal should be wellness! Living a life of wellness improves health, energy and well-being, whilst reducing the risk of developing chronic disease.
Natural Therapies is concerned with the science of health. As Naturopaths, we can perceive much smaller changes in a person’s physiology – at the functional level, and we attempt to correct any dysfunction before it becomes pathology.
In one study done in a busy clinic in Sydney – of the numbers of people who visit GP’s – 75 to 80 % had no measurable pathology. What is wrong with these 75 to 80 %?
Research is showing that the major part of the answer lies in poor nutrition and mal adaptation to environmental factors – food and chemicals.
Are you living your life to its fullest potential?
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The Philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic medicine is based on seven medical principles:
First, do no harm (Primum no nocere)
Naturopathic physicians seek to do no harm with medical treatment by employing safe and effective natural therapies.
Nature has healing powers (Vis medicatrix naturae).
Naturopathic physicians believe that the body has considerable power to heal itself. It is the role of the physician to facilitate and enhance this process with the aid of natural, non-toxic therapies.
Identify and treat the cause (Tolle causam)
Naturopathic physicians are trained to seek the underlying causes of a disease rather than to simply suppress the symptoms. Symptoms are viewed as expressions of the body’s attempt to heal, while the causes can spring from the physical, mental-emotional, spiritual, social, and other factors.
Treat the whole person
Naturopathic physicians are trained to view an individual as a whole, composed of a complex set of physical, mental-emotional, spiritual, social, and other factors.
The physician is a teacher
Naturopathic physicians are primarily teachers, educating, empowering, and motivating patients to assume more personal responsibility for their health by adopting a healthy attitude, lifestyle, and diet.
Prevention is the best cure
Naturopathic physicians are preventive medicine specialists. Prevention of disease is accomplished through education and encouraging life habits that support health and prevent disease.
Establish health and wellness
The primary goals of the naturopathic physician are to establish and maintain optimum health and to promote wellness. While “health” is defined as the state of optimal physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being, “wellness” is defined as a state of health, characterized by a positive emotional state. The naturopathic physician strives to increase the patient’s level of wellness, regardless of the level of health or disease. Even in cases of severe disease, a high level of wellness can often be achieved.
Your health is your greatest asset. What can you do today to optimise this?