Naturopathy and Herbal Remedies
Naturopathy is a system of alternative medicine based on the theory that diseases can be successfully treated or prevented without the use of drugs, by techniques such as diet, exercise and massage to name a few.
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) defines naturopathic medicine as: A distinct system of primary health care – an art, science, philosophy, and practice of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illness. This medicine is distinguished by the principles upon which its practice is based. These principles are continually re-examined in the light of new scientific advances. The techniques of this medicine include modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods. (AANP, 1998)
A Brief History of where it all started and by whom:
The Belief is that the body is able to heal itself through a vital energy or force and Naturopaths focus on a holistic approach, aiming to prevent illness through stress reduction and changes to diet and lifestyle.
A Naturopath uses many methods and applies many techniques some of which may include, fasting, nutrition, Homeopathy (used to stimulate the body), Kinesiology , colonic enemas, iridology, reflexology, acupuncture, herbal Medicine (used to support the body and prevent or treat illness), Bio-Resonance, Ozone-Therapy, Colon Hydrotherapy, traditional chinese medicine, massage, Bowen therapy, acupressure, bio-puncture and mechanotherapy. Nutrition plays such a major part as organic medicine. Today we see a return to organic chemical free food which is integral to healing.
Naturopaths are trained to use prescription drugs however the belief of this medicine is to utilize natural healing agents and medicines, a large part of this are Herbal Remedies.
Herbal Remedies are a well known natural medicine. Some uses include, St Johns Wart for depression, relieving PMS symptoms, improve mood during menopause, fight inflammation, relieve skin irritations and improve symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder.
Garlic to lower cholesterol, boost immune system, regulate blood pressure, fight Cardio vascular disease, fight fungal and viral infection, improve hair loss.
Ginger has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Milk thistle to help chronic hepatitis and other liver conditions, it can aid the digestive function, boost skin health and help detoxify the body. Calcium and Vitamin D helps prevent bone thinning for post menopausal women and Folic acid for pregnant women to help prevent birth defects.
Turmeric is used for arthritis, it has potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti cancer agents. Ginseng is used to reduce stress, help with weight loss, improve lung function, lower blood sugar levels & help sexual dysfunction, it also boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation.
Feverfew is used for fevers, headaches, stomachaches, toothaches, insect bites, infertility and menstrual issues and problems related to labor and childbirth.
Ginkgo Biloba has benefits including improving concentration and memory, reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, fight anxiety and depression, helps vision and general eye health, relieves ADHD symptoms and improves the libido.
Aloe Vera is a traditional Indian medicine used for constipation, skin diseases and irritations, infections, fungal diseases and is recommended as a natural remedy for colic.
Saw Palmetto is used to flight inflammation, boost the immune system, treat respiratory conditions and helps relaxation.
Ashwagandha reduces anxiety.
Black Cohosh relieves menstrual cramps, arthritic pain and relieves menopausal symptoms.
Calendula is used to relieve inflammation in the throat, mouth, stomach and also used as a topical cream or ointment to help skin irritations and rashes or help heal wounds.
Catnip helps upset stomachs, reduces stress, anxiety and tension. Chasteberry is the premiere herb for relieving PMS symptoms.
Cranberry is used for bladder infection and can be beneficial for chronic prostatis.
Echinacea, we all know or have heard of this one. It has strong antiviral and immune boosting properties. It is commonly used for treating colds and upper respiratory infections.
Elderberry is also used for treating colds and viral infections, especially the flu.
The Benefits of Naturopathic:
Medicine are that the natural remedies help the body heal itself, it is stress free on the body, it is a holistic approach so you are being treated as a whole person, increasing general well-being so to treat the root cause of a disease, disorder or illness. The person often is invigorated, with extra energy after using this medicine.
Natural Health & therapies have many benefits and the Pro’s definitely out-weigh the Con’s.