According to the Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association (ANPA) naturopathy is a distinct and complete system of health care. Firstly and most importantly, there are six core principles that underpin the practice of naturopathy:
- The healing power of nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
- First do no harm
- Find and treat the cause whenever possible, not only the symptoms (Tolle Causum)
- Treat the whole person
These six principles form the basis of the naturopathic approach. This is when a naturopath takes your case, develops a treatment plan and provides professional advice and guidance to you in order to maintain long-term health. Naturopathy is both an art and a science. Naturopaths are work to prevent illness and disease. Today, naturopaths use scientific evidence as well as traditional, empirical evidence in their practice. Naturopathic case-taking often uncovers ‘dis-ease’ long before it has become a diagnosable pathology. It treats both short and long-standing conditions. Naturopathic care is well suited to anyone at any age. Naturopaths provide true insight into the cause of many common health conditions and diseases. They often use various methods in their practice. These may include: herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, homeopathy, dietary and lifestyle advice, massage therapy or other alternative or conventional therapies. ANPA naturopaths are all accredited with training minimum of an Advanced Diploma and many have Bachelor’s degrees and beyond. Naturopaths offer the public critical health support and guidance across the nation each year. They provide millions of clients with valuable information and products to ensure the very best health outcomes. Naturopaths will work alongside your GP or other health professionals to offer you the best patient-centred care.