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“A system of health care which encourages and promotes the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms using an eclectic approach.”

The body has the capacity to heal itself given the right conditions and naturopathy along with most other holistic modalities subscribes to this basic understanding of the body’s own innate intelligence.


1. All forms of disease are due to the same cause
i.e. The accumulation of waste material in the body as a result of any number of factors.
They may include:
Wrong living habits
Faulty diet
Worry and emotional disharmony
Excess and neglect

Throwing off these waste products can only cure disease.
If kidney, liver, lungs, skin and bowel become congested = accumulation

2. The body is always trying to heal itself
Acute conditions are early manifestations of the body’s self-healing mechanism.
For example:
Fevers, Colds, Diarrhoea, Skin eruptions, Heavy periods
This is the body’s attempt to ‘throw off’ waste material.
If the main organs of elimination become congested, the body will detoxify itself via vicarious elimination (ie. Using an alternative route)

If symptoms are suppressed, wastes will be driven deeper into the system creating a chronic condition.
This creates levels of disease:
Acute (hyperactivity) – eg: a cold
Sub acute (intermittent activity) – eg: sinusitis
Chronic (hypo activity) – eg: bronchitis
Degenerative (necrosis) – eg: emphysema

Some examples of suppression are:
Medical drugs & steroids
Anti – Perspirants
OTC prescriptions (eg: aspirin, topical creams)

What form the chronic condition will take depends on the number of factors such as the condition of the body, underlying constitution and hereditary tendencies.

3. The body has the intelligence and power to restore itself to health provided it is allowed to do so.
The cure lies in the self-righting power of the human system.
If we cut a finger, blood will clot
If a bone is broken it will mend
The body will re-absorb an ulcer
Cells are continually renewing themselves (a whole new body within 18 months)


1. Vis Medicatrix Naturae {The healing power of Nature} There is a "Vital Force" or "Life Force" that, given the right conditions, will self-heal or self-correct.
The Vital Force is stimulated by factors, which promote health and suppressed by excesses and deficiencies. For example, the body will heal a wound, absorb an ulcer and mend a bone.

2. Prevention is better than cure.

3. The root cause of dysfunction is identified and treated, not the symptoms.

4. The Whole person is treated {Physically, Mentally, Emotionally & Spiritually).
They are treated holistically, taking into consideration all the aspects in their life.

5. Health is much greater than just " absence of infirmity". It should be abundant vitality.

6. The Person is treated, NOT the disease.

7. The individual is unique, each person responds in a different way.

8. All disease starts with a disruption to the body's *homeostatic mechanisms and Health is a return to balance, of these mechanisms.

9. Ill-Health is a product of the internal environment of the body rather than external influences.

10. Deficiency and excess. If a person is deficient, treatment would be used to "build them up". If excess, treatment would involve detoxification.

11. Symptoms should not be suppressed. They are there for a reason and are manifestations of Nature's Healing Force. A Naturopath will encourage the body to promote its innate healing abilities

12. A Naturopath is an educator/ teacher, empowering the patient to take responsibility for his/her own healing.


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