- Incurable & Hope-lost conditions
- Sleep issues
- Impurity elimination
- Mood, Depression, Emotional balancing
- Sugar-related issues
- Stress management
- Body Chemistry imbalances
- Hormone balancing
- Immunity balancing & strengthening
- Weight equilibrium
- Energy improvement
- Salt-related problems
- Therapy management
What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a distinct system of health. It is an art and holistic system of preventing, assessing and strengthening the conditions of the human mind and body. Naturopaths work with their clients to prevent and strengthen the body by supporting the person's inherent self-healing process. This is accomplished through:
PREVENTION: Prevention of imbalances is emphasized through hygiene as well as the encouragement and guidance of persons to adopt lifestyles which are conducive to optimal health.
ASSESSMENT: Assessment and evaluation of the individual's state of health are accomplished by integrated modern and traditional, natural methods.
THERAPEUTICS: Natural therapeutic methods and supplements are used which work in harmony with the person's inherent self-help process, the vis medicatrix naturae, including: diet and nutrition, herbs, positive thinking, naturopathic manipulative therapy, naturopathic obstetrics (natural childbirth), homeopathy, and acupressure.
A classical naturopath specializes in wellness. That is to say teaching clients how applying natural lifestyle approaches can act to facilitate the body’s healing and health-building potential. The classical naturopath recognizes that the majority of sub-health conditions are cumulative effects. Also the underlying cause of conditions is improper diet, unhealthy habits and environmental factors that cause biological imbalances leading to a weakening of the body’s defenses and subsequent breakdown in health.
The healing techniques of the naturopathic doctor weave the modern and traditional together. At the core of the naturopathic philosophy is the healing power of nature and the aim is to arouse the body’s incredible power to heal itself. Shedding the sword of the surgeon’s scalpel, the naturopathic doctor focuses on cleansing and strengthening the body to address and prevent both chronic and acute conditions with the guidance of these six principles:
THE SIX PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHY
1. The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): Naturopathy recognizes an inherent self-healing process in the person, which is ordered and intelligent. Naturopaths act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate this inherent self-healing process. Naturopathic treatments work in harmony with the body’s immune system to increase strength and vitality.
2. Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam): The naturopath seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes by getting to the root of illness, rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
3. First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere): Naturopaths follow guidelines to avoid harming the client:
Utilize natural methods and substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, and apply the least force possible or interventions necessary to assess imbalances and restore health.
Acknowledge, respect and work with the individual's self-healing process.
4. Doctor as Teacher (Docere): Naturopaths work to educate their clients about their bodies and how to live more healthy lifestyles and to encourage self-responsibility for health so that healing may occur. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the teacher-student relationship.
5. Treat the Whole Person (Tolle Totum): Naturopaths attend to each client by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopaths encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.
6. Prevention (Prevenir): Naturopathic doctors work with clients to help determine areas needing attention and change, to help prevent minor illnesses from developing into more serious or chronic degenerative diseases. Naturopathy is committed to the creation of a healthy world in which humanity may thrive.
Our body tells us early on when there is a problem, and we can either respond to this message or try to suppress the symptoms that the body uses to tell us there is a problem. If you suppress the symptoms without addressing the underlying cause, that will push the issue deeper. However, unless the underlying problem is corrected, eventually the symptoms will no longer be helped by these items and one will need to take stronger and stronger things to quiet the body’s message. If the underlying problem had not been addressed, the body will begin to break down structurally.
Naturopathy concentrates on identifying destructive aspects in lifestyles that lead to imbalances. Before symptoms manifest and long before a diagnosis can be rendered, these destructive aspects of our lifestyle can be identified and corrected. Once corrected, the body automatically corrects itself. A true healer does not waste his time concentrating on naming diseases but rather on identifying those underlying factors that if not addressed result in the manifestation of imbalances. These factors can be identified and corrected long before it is even possible to make any assessment. Even after an assessment is made, the same concepts of healing used by classical naturopaths are equally effective because once balance is restored the body automatically heals itself.
The Naturopathic Doctor is a Teacher. The naturopath’s major role is to educate, empower, and motivate clients to take responsibility for their own health. Creating a healthy, cooperative relationship with the client has a strong therapeutic value.
Prevention is the best “cure.” Naturopaths are preventive specialists. Naturopaths assess client risk factors and environmental susceptibility and intervene appropriately to reduce risk and prevent imbalances. Prevention is best accomplished through education and a lifestyle that supports health.
Clients are guided onto a personalized program which meets their metabolic needs so that they can begin to feel well again. This program is an ongoing journey that can change as the client is brought back to health. The following modalities may be utilized: nutritional analysis, nutritional supplementation, dietary planning, herbs, homeopathy, mind/body counseling, detoxification, traditional Chinese medicine, and hydrotherapy.
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Optimal Wellness of Long Island introduces Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor,
FORD ERIK PEDERSEN