Naturopathy is a system of health care which promotes the body’s own self-healing mechanism. It rests on the principles that the body can heal itself, given the right condition and treatment, that the cause of illness should be treated not the symptom, that the whole person should be treated, not the part and that prevention is preferable to cure.
It addition to nutrition, naturopathy involves techniques such as hydrotherapy (e.g. Epsom salt baths), packing, enemas, douches, skin brushing and massage. Naturopathy is appropriate for both adults and children and when used in combination with dietary changes it has some powerful results. Techniques are essentially used to create freedom of movement through the body fluids, organs and systems so that nutrient absorption and detoxification can occur easily. They also thin the lymph, re-hydrate the body, treat the liver and open-up the body’s routes of elimination. They are not relevant to everyone and sometimes it takes a while to get your head around them – I point blank refused to try and enema for months when I was studying!
Naturopathic techniques should be part of a programme, incorporated alongside changes in nutrition and lifestyle. However, there are occasionally cases where the techniques can be taught in isolation, such as if the client is already eating a healthy diet and is already fully informed about nutrition.
My Somerset-based naturopathic consultancy is £70 per 60 minute session.