Naturopathy is a discipline of medicine that has been practiced for centuries. The principles of Naturopathic Medicine date back to the great Greek physician Hippocrates. When visiting a Naturopath an extended history and physical examination is taken on the first appointment with particular attention paid to your general well-being, sleep quality, diet, digestion and elimination, exercise habits and unusual bodily symptoms. Diagnosis and treatment is subsequently holistic, involving the prescription of a customised regime, that might include a herbal formula, dietary advise, lifestyle modifications and specific supplementation if warranted. Short-term symptomatic treatment may also be initiated if required.
Herbal medicine is one of the core modalities of the modern Naturopath.
Ancient Traditional Medical Systems Such As Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Developed Systematic Uses For Herbal Therapies Over Thousands Of Years. Whilst Western Herbal Medicine (WHM) Has A Historicaltradition, It Has Been Significantly Influenced And Validated By The Development Of Scientific Technology And Medical Research. In The Past 150 Years The Biologically Active Compounds Found In Plants Have Been Utilized To Synthesize Many Pharmaceutical Drugs, However These Active Compounds Can Function Effectively (And Often More Safely) When Taken As Teas, Tablets, Essential Oils, Ointments Or Extracts. Herbal Medicines Act On The Human Physiology To Influence Bodily Activity, Enhance Or Inhibit Organ Function, And Are Prescribed With The Aim Of Correcting Imbalances And Resolving Patterns Of Dysfunction. For Example, Bitter Substances Found In Certain Herbs Stimulate The Production And Release Of Digestive Juices, Thereby Improving Digestive Function. Herbalists Generally Use Whole Plant Extracts Containing Multiple Constituents On The Basis That These Ingredients Collectively Reduce The Side Effects Of Any Individual Constituent And Provide Synergistic Actions As Well. Using Several Herbs Together Likewise Achieves Synergistic Activity, Enhanced Efficacy, And Reduced Toxicity. Herbal Medicine Is Useful In Minor Acute Conditions Such As Colds And Insomnia. Chronic Conditions Such As Acne, Asthma, Chronic Fatigue, Eczema, Psoriasis, Migraine, Irritable Bowel Syndrome And Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Male And Female Infertility, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Female Reproductive Problems Such As Endometriosis, Menopausal Symptoms, Premenstrual Syndrome, And Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Respond Well To Herbal Medicine Treatment.
Nutritional medicine is one of the core modalities of the modern Naturopath. Nutritional Medicine is based on the principle that nutrients, including essential micronutrients, are required for the proper functioning of all the biochemical processes on which our bodies depend. Therefore, when treating symptoms or diseases, we look for the underlying causes which, although often partly genetic, are usually very much tied up with nutritional and environmental factors. This is in contrast to the tendency in the conventional medical approach to treat symptoms by means of drugs or surgery. The nutritional medicine practiced at the Natural Patch is an orthomolecular nutritional approach, based on an evolving scientific framework, that views physiological and biochemical disturbance as a prime causal factor in the development of inflammation and the progression of disease. From this perspective, each person has unique patterns of metabolic activity and nutrient requirements influenced by their genetic inheritance andthe impact of internal and external environmental factors (epigenetics) on gene expression and activity.
Integrative medicine principles takes the best of evidence-based practices from modern orthodox medicine and traditional complimentary medicine, combining them where necessary, with the intention of delivering the best treatment outcomes for the patient.
Integrative Medicine Is A Philosophy Of Healthcare With A Focus On Individual Patient Care And Combining The Best Of Conventional Western Medicine And Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine And Therapies With Current Medical Practices. It Takes Into Account The Physical, Psychological, Social And Spiritual Well Being Of The Person With The Aim Of Using The Most Appropriate, Safe And Evidence-Based Treatments Available. Integrative Medicine Reaffirms The Importance Of The Relationship Between Practitioner And Patient, Focussing On The Whole Person. Being Informed By Evidence, It Makes Use Of All Appropriate Therapeutic Approaches, Health Care Professionals And Disciplines, To Achieve Optimal Health And Healing For You, The Patient.