Naturopathy is a distinct and complete system of health care. A Naturopath is an illness-prevention, natural medicine specialist who use scientific evidence as well as traditional evidence in their practice, and often uncover dis-ease long before it has become a diagnosable pathology.
Naturopaths treat both acute and chronic conditions using a variety of treatment modalities.
These may include:
Herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, dietary and lifestyle advice, iridology, flower essences or other therapies and diagnostic tools. Naturopaths work in conjunction with your GP or other health professional to offer you the best patient-focussed, holistic care.
Nutritional Medicine is the study of food, its nutrients and how diet affects health and wellbeing. Nutritional Medicine combines the traditions of food as medicine and dietary planning with scientific advances in the use of nutrients at therapeutic doses in the treatment, management and prevention of disease. Nutritional Medicine incorporates the study of human nutrition, food pharmacology, and biochemistry, and considers how each can impact our health.
Western herbal medicine involves using plants and plant material to create medicines to help prevent or treat various illnesses. Herbal formulations may use some or all parts of a plant, such as flowers, roots, fruits, leaves, and bark.
Traditional Western herbal medicine evolved mostly from the ancient Greeks, who were strongly influenced by Egyptian and Middle Eastern civilizations. Western herbal medicine also has roots in the indigenous practices of the British Isles and ancient Roman traditions. Well-known historical physicians including Hippocrates and Galen are thought to have used herbal medicine in their practices. The use of various herbal formulas is one of the oldest and possibly the most widespread form of medicine.
Herbal remedies are used for many treatments, such as improvement or general support of digestive, respiratory, circulatory, immune, endocrine, and nervous system processes. Herbs are also used to potentially remove waste and toxins from bodily cells or topically to promote healing of the skin. Herbs of the Western herbal medicine tradition are the subject of increasing interest in the medical community. Research is currently being conducted in the use of medicinal herbs for various medical conditions.
Iridology is the art and science of analysing the colour and structure of the iris to determine tissue integrity throughout the body, thereby gaining valuable health information regarding strengths and weaknesses. Iridologists study the iris, particularly the colour, markings, changes and other aspects, as they are associated with tissue degeneration. Iridology is one form of analysis that is non-invasive to the body…requiring no cutting, x-raying or use of any other invasive technique to complete the analysis.
The science of Iridology is at least 3,000 years old and is used worldwide. The oldest discovered records to date have shown that a form of iris interpretation was used in ancient China as far back as 3,000 years ago…1,000 B.C.
St. Luke, in the Bible (Matthew 6:22-23) writes that Jesus Christ said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.” Two men “rediscovered” the idea of iris analysis in the nineteenth century and are both held to be the modern day “fathers of iridology.” These were Dr Ignatz von Peczely of Germany, and Nils Liljequist, a Swedish clergyman. Throughout the years others have contributed greatly to the development of iridology.
What can you tell from Iridology?
By studying the iris of both eyes, a qualified iridologist can obtain information about all parts of the body simultaneously. The iris reveals our inherited health disposition, our tendency towards health problems, our current health conditions, and gives advance warning of what may occur in the future. This is powerful knowledge and can help us take care of our bodies so these tendencies do not become reality. Today, early detection of health imbalances and prompt correction is vitally important. Iridology is a tool of assessment for current conditions and for preventive healthcare.