Naturopathy (or naturopathic medicine) is a distinct system of primary health care that emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process. Naturopathic practitioners (also called Naturopath or Naturopathic Doctors depending on countries) blend centuries-old knowledge and a philosophy that nature is the most effective component for optimal health and healing.
Unlike western medicine, traditional naturopathy approaches the whole person and treats the underlying cause of imbalances through natural therapies based on the use of food (diet, nutrition, fasting), air (breathing mostly through physical activities, aromatherapy, ozone therapy), light (natural sunlight, UV, Infra-red, chromo therapy), water (hydrotherapy, balneotherapy, sauna, steam room), herbs (phytotherapy, gemmotherapy), body movements and manipulations (physical exercises, massage therapy) and many other natural and non-invasive techniques.
There are two areas of focus in naturopathy: one is supporting the body’s own healing abilities, and the second is empowering people to make lifestyle changes that support optimal health. During your naturopathic session, the practitioner will set up a customized plan that works best for your health condition, personality and life reality.
While naturopathic practitioners treat both short bouts of illness and chronic conditions, their emphasis is on preventing disease and educating clients.