Naturopathic Medicine and Herbal Medicine blend centuries-old knowledge and a philosophy that nature is the most effective healer with current research on health and human systems.
Naturopathic diagnosis focuses on identifying the underlying causes of disease, while naturopathic therapies used are supported by research drawn from peer-reviewed journals from many disciplines, including naturopathic medicine, conventional medicine, European complementary medicine, clinical nutrition, phytotherapy, pharmacognosy and psychology.
The therapeutic modalities used in naturopathic medicine including clinical nutrition and herbalism and integrate conventional, scientific and empirical methodology with the ancient laws of nature. The underpinnings of naturopathic medical practice are in six principles:
- First Do No Harm – primum non nocere
- The Healing Power of Nature – vis medicatrix naturae
- Discover and Treat the Cause, Not Just the Effect – tolle causam
- Treat the Whole Person – tolle totum
- The Physician is a Teacher – docere
- Prevention is the best “cure” – praevenire
Herbal medicine, also known as herbalism or botanical medicine, is a medical system based on the use of plants or plant extracts that may be consumed or applied to the skin.
Herbal remedies recommended may be in the form of extracts, tinctures, capsules or teas as practical methods to address a wide variety of medical conditions.
Naturopaths and Herbalists may discuss your diet, lifestyle, physical and emotional health giving you practical advice around diet, exercise, relaxation, sunshine exposure in addition to a prescription for natural medicines and/or nutritional supplements to help you reach your health goal and function at your very best.
Our GP and natural therapists collaborate closely. It is possible to schedule a collaborative appointment with our naturopath and some of our GPs. Same room, same time.
Dr Stuart Glastonbury