Naturopathic Nutrition is the practice of nutrition within the context of naturopathic medicine. It incorporates respect for the traditional naturopathic approach to nutritional therapy and recognition that:
- Each patient is unique.
- Individuals have a unique interaction with nutrients
- Food selection, preparation and eating is a healing art
- Whole foods are greater than the sum of their parts
Naturopathic nutrition is a distinct system of primary health care some say an art, science and philosophy. It assesses the causes of disease and provides therapeutic protocols to address these root causes rather than just symptoms.
Naturopathy recognises that health is more than the absence of disease;
it is dependent upon a multitude of factors and is a reflection of a harmonious interaction with our environment. Good health means each individual has the capacity to live life to full potential, in body, mind and spirit. Naturopathy aims to increase the vitality of patients helping them to tackle disease by means of their own self-healing mechanism.
There are a number of guiding principles that underlie and determine naturopathic practice:
- Work with the healing power of nature, trusting the body’s inherent powers of recovery when obstacles to cure are removed
- Identify the cause – address the underlying cause of illness rather than just treating symptoms
- First do no harm – use the most natural, least toxic and least invasive therapies first
- Support the whole person – assess not just the physical condition but also factors that influence health and well-being
- Therapist as teacher – educate people in the art of self-care and the steps they need to take to achieve optimal health
- Prevention – encourage the promotion of health and prevention of disease
Naturopathic Nutrition requires an holistic approach, taking into consideration the inter-relationship of all organs and systems of the body, not just consideration of the local area or organ that may seem to be affected. These principles and philosophies result in a practice that acknowledges each person is an individual and empowers them to accept greater responsibility in their own health care.
How do Naturopathic Practitioners work?
The practice of Naturopathic Nutrition may include appropriate recommendations and advice on:
- Individually assessed dietary therapy including supplementation.
- Optimal food preparation.
- Traditional approaches to detoxification.
- Lifestyle recommendations to optimise dietary therapy.
- Full and clear information that empowers and encourages each individual to achieve optimal health and well-being.
- Referrals to other appropriate therapists or health practitioners when this could have a therapeutic benefit.
See www.nna-uk.com for more information and to find a therapist in your area.Information kindly provided by: Naturopathic Nutrition Association
GL7 4EG Tel: 01285 810103 Website: www.nna-uk.com