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Naturopathy. Matthew Leach. Outline. Definition History Philosophy Comparison to orthodox medicine The Naturopath Conditions Expectations Locating a naturopath. What is Naturopathy?.

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Naturopathy

Matthew Leach


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Outline

  • Definition

  • History

  • Philosophy

  • Comparison to orthodox medicine

  • The Naturopath

  • Conditions

  • Expectations

  • Locating a naturopath


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What is Naturopathy?

“naturopathy is an eclectic field of medicine that promotes physical, psychological and social health and wellbeing through a myriad of natural treatment approaches”


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Principles of Naturopathy

  • Facilitate the healing power of nature

  • Do no harm

  • Identify and treat the cause

  • Treat the whole person

  • Prevent disease and ill health

  • Establish health and wellness

  • The practitioner is a teacher


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History of Naturopathy

  • Hippocrates

  • Kneipp

  • Rickli

  • Thomson

  • Hahnemann

  • McFadden

  • Graham

  • Lust

  • Medical dominance


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Comparing naturopathic & orthodox medicine

  • Treatment approach

  • Disease philosophy

  • Treatment action

  • Practitioner relationship

  • Assessment

  • Consultation

  • Safety


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What is a Naturopath?

“A Naturopath is a health care professional who treats a wide range of individuals with acute and chronic health conditions, by applying an array of treatment approaches based on the principles of naturopathic medicine.”


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Who might benefit from a naturopathic consultation?

  • Chronic conditions: arthritis; Irritable bowel syndrome; osteoporosis; eczema; psoriasis; period pain; hypertension; oesophageal reflux; asthma

  • Acute conditions: colds; influenza; sinusitis; ear infections; urinary tract infections

  • Prevention: preconception care; stress/lifestyle/diet management

  • General wellbeing

  • When orthodox medicine fails

  • When alternatives to orthodox treatments are sought


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What can I expect from a Naturopathic consultation?

  • Assessment

  • Diet and nutrition management

  • Lifestyle management

  • Herbal medicine

  • Homeopathy

  • Tactile therapies


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Where can I find a Naturopath?

  • Professional associations: ATMS, ANTA, ANPA, CMA

    • Australian Traditional Medicine Society http://www.atms.com.au

    • Australian Natural Therapists Association http://www.anta.com.au

  • Yellow pages


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Where can I find more information about Naturopathy?

  • MIMS consumer health group

    http://www.mydr.com.au/default.asp?article=2464

  • Australian Naturopathic Network http://www.ann.com.au/subindex_naturopathy.htm


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Naturopathy

Matthew Leach

Email: matthew.leach@unisa.edu.au

Telephone: 8302 2071