What is Naturopathy?

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What is Naturopathy?

The other day I was asked to explain Naturopathy in 2 short lines, to a group of people who did not know anything about it!

Obviously, this was a bit of a challenge and I didn’t really get the message across to them. So, it got me to thinking about how to explain Naturopathy in terms that people understand.

This lack of true understanding is common in our industry and we as Naturopaths are sometimes our own worst enemy. As a collective we are not particularly good at giving people an easy-to-understand description of Naturopathy.

I have to remind myself that when I started studying, I did not realise how much a Naturopath knew about the human body and disease states. Although I have studied it for 4 years, I sometimes forget that some people don’t understand these concepts the same way that I do.

So, what is Naturopathy?

“It is an alternative method of health care that looks for the cause of the condition rather than just treating the symptoms.”

Now that is a very simply explanation as there is a bit more to that statement.

The body has a great ability to heal itself; think about wounds and skin, over time they regenerate and heal. The internal body works the same, there is a constant ebb and flow of systems adjusting and changing in order to bring back homeostatic balance. It is quite an ingenious system. As Naturopaths we want to support these mechanisms to help the body self-regulate.

Sometimes we need to use treatments to help the body systems come back in to balance, and that is where our herbal and nutraceutical products come in. We also use food and diet in these treatment plans.

Nutrition is a key part of what we do and often people confuse a Naturopath with a Nutritionist and think that diet is the only type of help that we offer. Don’t get me wrong we do use Nutrition in nearly all treatment plans because food is ultimately the end goal to move forward with good health. But we offer far more than just diet advice.

A Naturopath can treat a range of conditions even those that you might see a traditional practitioner for. Naturopaths can work alongside traditional medicines, but we don’t diagnose disease.

The benefits of working with a Naturopath are many but include:

  • Having an individualised treatment plan (that is especially tailored for you),
  • Finding the root cause of your condition and treating rather than just treating symptoms.
  • A chance to be listened to and heard, and to have control over the treatment plan. You set your own goals.
  • Education on how to prevent the illness from returning, and information to help you improve your long-term health.
  • A choice to use natural practices to improve your health instead of relying on pharmaceuticals.

So if you would like to know more you can book in for a free 15 minutes for a chat. That way you can decide if Naturopathy is for you. Book here


This article was authored by Jan Caton BHSc-Nat, owner and Naturopath at Magnolia Apothecary and Owner at The Conscious Spender. Jan practices in Mt Evelyn and Kilsyth South.


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