Naturopathy is a blend of traditional healthcare knowledge, science based nutrition, herbal medicine and other natural medicines or therapies.
As a Naturopath you look into & address the symptoms affecting your client; but also the root cause & trace the health decline along with possible outcomes if it continues. Its prevention as well as a natural approach to health care.
Naturopaths don't replace other Medical professionals like GPs or Specialists they all have an important role in providing you with the best health care to meet your needs.
Naturopaths in NZ train through one of 3 Specialised Colleges all meeting the government recommendations. Generally its 3 years full-time study or it can be broken down into part-time study. It requires thousands of hours of study, research, & client care learning - not only about Natural medicines, but the science behind the human body. It's looking right down to the biochemistry, pathophysiology & then physically in massage as well. This provides Naturopaths with a complete understanding of how the body works providing a whole body approach - Mind Body & Soul - so they can advise clients on how to achieve improved health & wellness.
Health store workers & Pharmacists do a great job advising on natural medicines for you to take to help address your health needs. But, without having the time spent conducting a full case take (1-1.5hours initial, behind the scenes research & brainstorming along with face-to-face follow-ups addressing change in circumstances) they're not going to be able to see the whole picture & you might not see the results you'd hoped for. This is where you can spend a lot of time & sometimes un-nessary money just to presume natural medicine doesn't work.
You might also be taking wonderful supplements, but are they the right ones....are they the right form for the best absorption & are they actually what your body needs first?
Did you know...there are 13 types of Magnesium. They don't all absorb or work the same way. Some are great for your nervous system (Sympathetic & Parasthestic), Musculoskeletal system, Cardiovascular system, only one crosses the blood brain barrier & is helpful for depression. Did you also know a healthy person can only absorb around 20-30% they've ingested be it food or supplement sourced.
This is where a naturopath comes in they are highly qualified & trained to analyse your case to clinically find the best plan just like a lawyer handles there lawsuits and court preparation to be prepared to achieve the best outcome for they're clients.
BHSc(CompMed), DipNat, DipHerbMed
Naturopath & Medical Herbalist