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What is naturopathy?
Naturopathy is an alternative medicine also preventive and educational, acknowledged by the World Health Organization. This medicine is based on the use of substances exclusively natural (phytotherapy, oligotherapy, diet, lifestyle…) to re-balance people´s health, strengthen the body as a whole and improve health on the long term. Its aim is to find the root causes which led to the illness and to prevent it from happening again.
This medicine is based on the belief that the body has an inner power to heal called the life force. Already in his time, Hippocrates recommended a simple healing system based on a healthy and moderate diet, adequate rest and regular practice of a physical activity. This way the body only requires very little help to regain balance.
Naturopathy makes of each individual the main actor of his own health. The therapist is only here to help him activate these mechanisms of auto-healing and to educate him on the rules of a healthy lifestyle.
It also teaches us that infections rarely happen in a well taken care of body and that a long term approach (lifestyle) is more important that curing symptoms. A local pain can be the result of a more general problem. For example, in the case of a skin infection, prescribing a cream to eliminate symptoms is not enough, it is required to find the root cause of this problem so that it does not happen again in the future.
Alternative medicine also considers the important connection between the body and the mind, which causes many conflicts and can be the origin on many dysfunctions. As Hippocrates said: “There are no diseases, but sick people”.
When to consult a naturopath?
If you want a general check up on your health and correct some discrepancies before they become more serious. In this case naturopathy is considered as a form of preventive medicine.
If you have an illness and want to find a natural solution.
If you want to complement your allopathic treatment with natural medicine.
For people who have not found a solution to their problem with conventional medicine and want to try an alternative way.
Naturopathy proves particularly effective in cases of:
Maintain or recover an optimal health and prevent development of illness.
Find a natural solution to most of the issues which trouble you on a daily bases, including chronic illnesses : poor digestion, blood circulation, allergies, rheumatism, joint pains, skin problems (rashes, acne), bad sleep, fragile nails, hair loss…
Lose weight progressively and maintain an ideal weight over time
Better handle periods of stress, anxiety and depression
Improve the quality of your sleep
Increase your energy and your athletic performances
Help you coping better with certain medical treatments, optimize their results and reduce side effects