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Naturopathy, the Holistic Way

Naturopathy

Naturopathy is a holistic system, concerned with the whole person, rather than just focusing on the problems/symptoms afflicting the various organs and systems.  Though diagnostically naturopathy is a lot like conventional medicine, it differs in the types of treatment used.  Naturopathic physicians do not use drugs, medical technology, or major surgery to treat a patient. Instead, they use natural therapeutics  such as nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, homeopathy, and acupuncture.

Naturopathy is a medical system that focuses on the body’s intrinsic ability to heal and maintain itself, using the natural healing power of the body to fight disease.  The Naturopathic practitioner recognizes and uses the fact that the body is a self-healing organism with the understanding that if the right environment and opportunity for self-healing can be created, recovery and well-being will result, while at the same time preventing ill-health

According to the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges, “Naturopathic medicine is defined by principles rather than by methods or modalities. Above all, it honors the body’s innate wisdom to heal.”

The Naturopathic physician uses standard/conventional diagnostic methods such as; x-rays, laboratory tests, and medical exams, etc.

Naturopathic therapies may include:

  • use of botanical medicine
  • hydrotherapy
  • nutritional changes
  • homoeopathy
  • manipulative therapy
  • massage
  • acupuncture
  • oriental medicine (herbal, massage, etc)

 

The ideology of Naturopathic Medicine focuses on the use of naturally-occurring substances, minimally-invasive methods, and encouragement of natural healing. Prevention of ill-health through stress reduction, a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle is emphasized, with the use of pharmaceutical drugs, ionizing radiation, and invasive surgery are generally reduced. The philosophy is made up of six core values.  Many versions of these but exist but, generally, follow these principles:

  1. First, do no harm; provide the most effective health care available with the least risk to patients at all times.
  2. Recognize, respect and promote the self-healing power of nature inherent in each individual human being.
  3. Identify and remove the causes of illness, rather than eliminate or suppress symptoms.
  4. Educate, inspire rational hope and encourage self-responsibility for health.
  5. Treat each person by considering all individual health factors and influences.

Emphasize the condition of health to promote well-being and to prevent diseases for the individual, each community and our world

Treatment for Anxiety

Treatment for Anxiety

There are a number of holistic, natural, treatments available for Anxiety. Here are some of them:

Complementary Treatment Options

Shiatsu

Shiatsu creates a feeling of wellbeing and comfort.  It can improve vitality and stamina……….. both physical and emotional.  During a Shiatsu treatment, the receiver becomes more relaxed and achieves that “feelgood factor” as the stimulation of the acupuncture points helps release endorphins (natural pain relievers, released by the body, that can induce a natural high).  During a course of treatment, this feelgood factor becomes cumulative and can extend further into daily life.

It can be difficult to take that first step away from anxiety, not knowing what direction to step.  With Shiatsu you can, once again, recognise what relaxation and wellbeing feels like.  Through this recognition you have taken the first step and your direction is set.

Nutritional

  • Taking calcium (1,000 mg a day) and magnesium (500 mg a day) as a supplement to
    your diet.
  • B complex (50 to 100 mg a day, best in the morning) to decrease stress effects.
  • Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, sugar, processed foods and alcohol.
  • Increase consumption of fresh vegetables and whole grains.
  • St. John’s Wort helps with both depression and anxiety.

 

Allopathic Treatment Options

A number of medications that were originally developed for treating depression have been found to be effective for anxiety disorders. Some of the newest of these antidepressants are called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Other anti-anxiety medications include groups of drugs called benzodiazepines and beta-blockers.

Two clinically-proven effective forms of psychotherapy used to treat anxiety disorders are behavioural therapy and cognitive-behavioural therapy. In behavioural therapy, the focus is on changing specific actions and uses several techniques to stop unwanted behaviours. In addition to the behavioural therapy techniques, cognitive-behavioural therapy teaches patients to understand and change their thinking patterns so they
can react differently to any of the situations that trigger anxiety.