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Naturopathic Health - a holistic approach
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of healing – a philosophy, science, art and practice which seeks to promote health by stimulating and supporting the body's inherent power to regain harmony and balance.
I have the highest regard for his professionalism and treatment methods (which may be considered somewhat unorthodox) and know that they work for me. I travel from Suffolk (a 3 hour round trip) for treatment and would not travel this far for something that was not successful. (Robin Taylor - keen sportsman and patient of 14 years)
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of healing – a philosophy, science, art and practice which seeks to promote health by stimulating and supporting the body's inherent power to regain harmony and balance. Although the term naturopathy was first used at the turn of the 20th century, the philosophical basis and many of the methods of naturopathic medicine are ancient, some dating back to at least 400 BC, when Hippocrates became famous for his treatment of disease in accordance with natural laws.
The philosophy of naturopathic medicine is based upon three basic principles. The first principle is that the body possesses the power to heal itself through its internal vitality and intelligence. This vital force is the foundation of naturopathic philosophy and all the naturopathic practitioner does is to create the most favourable conditions to stimulate and enhance this healing power of nature.
The second principle is that disease is a manifestation of the vital force applying itself to the removal of obstructions to the normal functioning of organs and issues.
The naturopathic practitioner always seeks to discover and remove the basic causes of disease whether they be:
- Chemical ie an imbalance in the chemistry of the body fluids due to dietary deficiency or dietary excess, retention of waste products due to inefficient functioning of the lungs, kidneys and bowels, or poor circulation of body fluids.
- Mechanical ie muscular tensions, strained ligaments, stiff joints, poor posture due to occupational factors, as well as spinal misalignments, leading to an interference in the functioning of the nervous system and the musculo-skeletal system generally.
- Psychological ie impaired function induced by stress, which may be due to worries and upsets in personal and domestic life and/or anxieties and pressures at work.
- The third principle is that naturopathic medicine is a holistic approach to health, in other words, disease affects the whole person – body, mind and spirit, and not simply an isolated organ or system. Each person responds in unique ways to his or her environment, each has individual strengths, weaknesses and needs. Their body’s reactions to the same stress may be very different depending on their level of health, inherited tendencies, previous medical history, etc. In treating the whole person the naturopathic practitioner searches for causes at many levels, and attempts to eliminate the fundamental cause of illness, not simply to remove symptoms.
The task of naturopathic practitioners is twofold:
First, to educate their patients to take more responsibility for their health and to assist them to understand the fundamental laws of health relating to rest, exercise, nutrition and life-style.
Second, using natural therapies, to increase the vitality of the individual and to remove any obstructions, chemical, physical or psychological which may be interfering with the normal functioning and internal harmony of the organs and tissues.
What type of therapies are 'naturopathic'?
Naturopathic therapies include:
- Nutrition and dietetics
- Fasting (the controlled abstinence from food)
- Structural adjustment (eg osteopathy, massage and bodywork)
- Hydrotherapy (the use of water as therapy)
- Healthy lifestyle
- Education in naturopathic philosophy
In addition other therapies may be used when necessary such as relaxation/meditation techniques, the use of plant remedies, flower essences, reflextherapy/acupressure etc.
In particular I have used and taught meditation as a great self-healing tool. I qualified as a healer in 1987 and may use energy and other holistic/natural healing methods in my work, where appropriate. In the late 1980’s I also trained extensively in the use of sustained acupressure pointholding (body electronics) which is a unique and remarkable form of body-mind-emotion release and healing.
Graeme's professional support through both Osteopathy and Body Electronics is a key part of my health care. Graeme's contribution to my good health over the past 20 years is stunning. (Robin Blackmore Colchester)
Naturopathic therapies I offer, alongside my osteopathic work:
Electronic Gem Therapy (Dielectric Resonance)
Special low voltage Theragem lamps are shone towards the diseased or injured part and set to specific frequencies and voltages which enables a strong photon cloud to emit from the gems which increases biological activity within the body setting up a sympathetic resonance which the target area responds to, becoming revitalised. The area then begins again to function efficiently and healthily.
Find out more here: Electronic Gem Therapy
The main objective of Zen bodytherapy is to reduce physical and emotional distress, revitalise the bodymind and increase the circulation of energy (ki, chi, or life force) around the body.
Find out more here: Zen Bodytherapy
Meditation is scientifically proven to help with a wide range of psychological and emotional issues, and to aid peak performance.
Find out more here: Meditation
Graeme Stroud ND, MRN, DO, ACOH is an osteopath, naturopath, certified zen body therapist and a qualified healer.