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  1. Naturopathy Matthew Leach

  2. Outline • Definition • History • Philosophy • Comparison to orthodox medicine • The Naturopath • Conditions • Expectations • Locating a naturopath

  3. 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”

  4. 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

  5. History of Naturopathy • Hippocrates • Kneipp • Rickli • Thomson • Hahnemann • McFadden • Graham • Lust • Medical dominance

  6. Comparing naturopathic & orthodox medicine • Treatment approach • Disease philosophy • Treatment action • Practitioner relationship • Assessment • Consultation • Safety

  7. 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.”

  8. 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

  9. What can I expect from a Naturopathic consultation? • Assessment • Diet and nutrition management • Lifestyle management • Herbal medicine • Homeopathy • Tactile therapies

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Naturopathy Matthew Leach Email: matthew.leach@unisa.edu.au Telephone: 8302 2071