What is Naturopathy

What is Naturopathy? 5 things it is, and a couple of things it isn’t

By Jeremy Brown

I am often asked about what my profession is. At times it is strange to be in a place where a percentage of the population do not know what a Naturopath is, but it is always nice to see the response when I tell them what I do. Below are 5 things that can sum up Naturopathy and a couple of misconceptions about it. 

  1. Naturopathy is holistic 

It was only this week that I was reading a popular health magazine and a chiropractor was introducing his profession to the readers and one thing stood out the most: “we have a different philosophy to the medical world”. This is also true for Naturopaths. We view the body in a holistic way, in other worlds, an all-inclusive, broad and universal system. It is not simply one chemical pathway or even one body system, but we see all of the body as a complex whole, always interacting with part, dependent on the each other. 

  1. Naturopathy uses natural means to heal

A friend of mine who practices Law asked me what we did, and after a small introduction he commented that we treat without drugs or surgery. And that is very true. Using Nutritional Medicine, Herbal (or Phytotherapy) medicines and at times Homeopathic or flower essence medicines, Naturopaths are using nature. The first two are the corner stone of Naturopathic medicine and mean that the body is supported with a more gentle and softer approach. It is in the word: Naturopath.

  1. Naturopathy is Western

While Naturopaths use Herbal Medicine from Native America, China, India and South America, the tradition of Naturopathy is from Europe. The first Naturopaths where called “Eclectics” and these where medical professionals in the early 19th century who drew on the native American culture to bring healing.  So if Chinese Medicine represented the East, so Naturopathy with the west. 

  1. Naturopathic practitioners hear your story

Many medical consultations will go for about 5-10minutes. This is usually due to the high patient load on a heavily burdened public system. The patient will usually walk away with a prescription or referral but usually will not get time to unpack their story or tell the physician HOW they got there. This is 6-minute medicine. Naturopaths on the other hand, will take a first case for about 60 to 90 minutes and will make every effort to hear the patient’s story. Basically: Naturopaths listen.

  1. Naturopathy follows an ancient tradition

While the term Naturopathy is a recent term, its philosophical basis and indeed, many of its medicines and steeped in history. The holistic practices of Naturopath date back to ancient Egypt where Papyrus date back to the 16th century BC outline this holistic mindset. Many of the Herbal Medicines (particularly from Traditional Chinese Medicines and ayurvedic tradations) date back many centuries. Although some may have not heard of us in detail, we have roots going along way back.

There are a couple of misunderstandings about Naturopathic Medicine, which are outlined below.

  1. Naturopathy is not pseudo-science 

When I first saw a Naturopath, and indeed for the first half of my studies, I thought there was very little evidence for Naturopathic Medicine. Much of the criticism from the medical world bared heavy on my shoulders and I was very close to dropping out. I’m very glad I didn’t, because after many years of reading endless papers on the subject, I am now very clear in my mind that it is not only safe, but also indeed effective. The traditions of the past in herbal medicine are coming to light more and more in modern clinical studies and I also see now that traditional medicine holds its own weight, particularly when backed up with modern science. Understandably, we have a way to go with our understanding, but such is the nature of science. Naturopathy is unique as it blends both tradition and science. 

  1. Naturopathy is not dying.

Up to 60% of Australians use some form of Natural medicine and as many as___ see a practitioner. Complementary and Alternative Medicines turn over is up to 4 billion dollars annually. More and more Australians are seeing the value it has to offer and are finding benefit from these traditions of the past. I am very lucky to be a part of this and continue to help people achieve better health, both in my clinic and in my family life.

Thank you for your interest in this unique and wonderful topic. I hope you have a better understanding of what Naturopathy is and can do. 

Next weeks Blog will look into Natural remedies for stress and anxiety

Final:

Five things it is, and a couple of things it isn’t

By Jeremy Brown

(Adv. Dip. Nat.)

I am often asked about what my profession is. At times it is strange to be in a place where a percentage of the population do not know what a Naturopath is, but it is always nice to see the response when I tell them what I do. Below are 5 things that can sum up Naturopathy, couple of misconceptions about it and what Naturopathy can offer you.

 1)   Naturopathy is holistic

It was only this week that I was reading a popular health magazine and a Chiropractor was introducing his profession to the readers and one thing stood out the most: “We have a different philosophy to the Medical world”. This is true also for Naturopaths. We view the body in a holistic way, in other words, an all-inclusive, broad and universal system. It is not broken down into one chemical pathway or even one body system, but we see all of the body as a complex whole, always interacting with its parts, inter-dependent on the each other.

 2)   Naturopathy uses Natural means to heal

A friend of mine who practices Law asked me what we did, and after a small introduction he commented that we treat without drugs or surgery. And this is very true. Using Nutritional Medicine, Herbal (or Phytotherapy) medicines and at times Homeopathic or Flower Essences, Naturopaths are using nature. The first two are the corner stone of Naturopathic medicine and mean that the body is supported with a more gentle and softer approach.

It is in the word: Naturopath. Treating disease with Nature.

 3)   Naturopathy is Western

While Naturopaths use Herbal Medicine from Native America, China, India and South America, generally speaking the tradition of Naturopathy is from Europe. The first Naturopaths where called “Eclectics” and these where medical professionals in the early 19th century who drew on the native American culture to bring healing.

So if Chinese Medicine represent the East, so Naturopathy with the west.

 4)   Naturopathic Practitioners hear your story

Many Medical consultations will go for about 5-10minutes. This is usually due to the high patient load on a heavily burdened public system. The patient will usually walk away with a prescription or referral but usually will not get time to unpack their story or tell the physician HOW they got there. This is 6-minute medicine. Naturopaths on the other hand, will take a first case for about 60 to 90 minutes and will make every effort to hear the patient’s story.

Basically: Naturopaths listen, Naturopaths care.

5)   Naturopathy follows an ancient tradition

While the term Naturopathy is a relatively recent term, its philosophical basis and indeed, many of its medicines and steeped in history. The holistic practices of Naturopathy date back to ancient Egypt where Papyrus dated back to the 16th century BC outline this Holistic mindset. Many of the Herbal Medicines (particularly from Traditional Chinese Medicines and Ayurvedic traditions) date back many centuries.

Although some may have not heard of us in detail, we have roots going along way back. 

There are a couple of misunderstandings about Naturopathic Medicine, which are outlined below.

1)   Naturopathy is not pseudo-science

When I first saw a Naturopath, and indeed for the first half of my studies, I thought there was very little evidence for Naturopathic Medicine. Much of the criticism from the medical world bared heavy on my shoulders and I was very close to dropping out. I’m very glad I didn’t, because after many years of reading endless papers on the subject, I am now very clear in my mind that it is not only safe, but also indeed effective. The traditions of the past in Herbal Medicine are coming to light more and more in modern clinical studies and I also see now that traditional medicine holds its own weight, particularly when backed up with modern science. Understandably, we have a way to go with our understanding, but such is the nature of science.

Naturopathy is unique as it blends both tradition and science.

2) Naturopathy is not dying

Up to 60% of Australians use some form of Natural medicine and Complementary and Alternative Medicines turn over is up to 4 billion dollars annually. More and more Australians are seeing the value it has to offer and are finding benefit from these traditions of the past. I am very lucky to be a part of this and continue to help people achieve better health, both in my own clinic and in my personal life.

So what can Naturopathy do for you?

I often get asked just what health concerns I can treat. The unique focus of my clinic, Brown’s Wellbeing Centre, is to increase mental wellbeing while aiming to maximise psychological functioning.

For example, do you struggle with:

-Low Energy?

-Lack of concentration?

-Poor sleep?

-Anxiety and stress?

-Depression?

-Frequent cold and flus?

-And other concerns, such as asthma and allergies or digestive health?

Then I can help.

My consultations are in depth, focused and I will take the time to listen to your story.

Thank you

Thank you for your interest in this unique and wonderful topic. I hope you have a better understanding of what Naturopathy is and can do. If you require an appointment, please click this link to book online now. 

Join us next week for continued free updates on how to improve your health – see you then!

-Yours in health,

Jeremy Brown

Naturopathic Practitioner and Principal at Brown’s Wellbeing Centre.

www.brownswellbeingcentre.com.au

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www.twitter.com/jbrown_nat

References:

Jerome Sarris, Jon Wardle: Clinical Naturopathy 2010

Leah Hechtman, Clinical Naturopathic Medicine 2012

Final final:

By Jeremy Brown

Naturopath

(Adv. Dip. Nat., TAE IV, MNHAA)

What we can do

I am often asked about what my profession is. At times it is strange to be in a place where a percentage of the population do not know you do for a living, but it is always nice to see the response when I tell them what I do. Below are 5 things that sum up Naturopathy and a couple of misconceptions about it.

1)   Naturopathy is holistic

It was only this week that I was reading a popular health magazine and a chiropractor was introducing his profession to the readers and one thing stood out the most: “we have a different philosophy to the medical world”. This is also true for Naturopaths. We view the body in a holistic way. In other words, an all-inclusive, broad and universal system. It is not simply one chemical pathway or even one body system, but we see all of the body as a complex whole, always interacting with its parts, dependent on the each other.

Naturopathy views the body as a whole

2)   Naturopathy uses natural means to treat

A friend of mine who practices Law also asked me what I did, and after a small introduction he commented that we basically we treat without drugs or surgery. This is very true. Using nutritional medicine, herbal medicines and at times homeopathic or flower essences, Naturopaths are using nature. The first two are the corner stone of Naturopathic medicine and mean that the body is supported with a more gentle approach.

It is in the word: Naturopath. Treating with nature

3)   Naturopathy is Western

While Naturopaths use herbal medicine from Native America, China, India and South America, the tradition of Naturopathy is from Europe. The first Naturopaths where called “Eclectics” and these were medical professionals in the 19th century who drew on the Native American medicine in treatment. 

If Chinese Medicine represents the East, so Naturopathy with the West

4)   Naturopathic practitioners hear your story

Many medical consultations will go for about 5-10minutes. This is usually due to the high patient load on a heavily burdened public system. The patient will usually walk away with a prescription or referral but usually will not get time to unpack their story or tell the physician how they got there. This is 6-minute medicine. Naturopaths on the other hand, will take a first case for about 60 to 90 minutes and will make every effort to hear the patient’s story.

Basically: Naturopaths listen

5)   Naturopathy follows ancient traditions

While the term Naturopathy is a recent term, its philosophical basis and indeed, many of its medicines and steeped in history. The holistic practices of Naturopath date back to ancient Egypt where Papyrus date back to the 16th century BC and outline this holistic mindset. Many herbal medicines date back centuries.

Naturopaths have roots going along way back

Common misunderstandings

1)   Naturopathy is not pseudo-science

When I first saw a Naturopath, and indeed for the first half of my studies, I thought there was very little scientific evidence for Naturopathic Medicine. Much of the criticism from the medical world bared heavy on my shoulders and I was very close to dropping out. I’m very glad I didn’t. This is because after many years of reading endless papers on the subject, I am now very clear that it is not only safe, but also very effective. The traditions of the past in herbal medicine are coming to light more and more in modern clinical studies and I also see that Naturopathy stands in its own right, and is backed up to a good degree with modern science. Understandably, we have a way to go with our understanding, but such is the nature of science.

Naturopathy is unique as it blends both tradition and science

2)   Naturopathy is not dying

Up to 60% of Australians use some form of Natural medicine and as many as 11% see a practitioner. Complementary and Alternative Medicines turn over up to 4 billion dollars annually. More and more Australians are seeing the value it has to offer and are finding benefit from these traditions of the past. I am very lucky to be a part of this and continue to help people achieve better health, both in my clinic and in my family life.

Thank you for your interest in this unique and wonderful topic. I hope you have a better understanding of what Naturopathy is and can do for you.

Yours in health,

Jeremy Brown

| Naturopath | Educator | Writer | 

Supporting Evidence: Hechtman, L. (2012). Clinical Naturopathic medicine. Sydney, Australia: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier Australia.

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