“Prevention is better than cure” is the primary focus of traditional Naturopathy, which aims to empower the patient to become and stay healthy. It is based on the premise that the body has the inherent ability to heal itself by using elements of nature.
Today’s Naturopath has to study many of the modalities involving nutrition, dietetics, medical herbalism, homoeopathy, massage, relaxation techniques, counselling and communication skills, and environmental medicine, in order to effectively deal with the complexity of issues affecting health today.
At Southpoint Health, we adhere to the basic principle of prevention is better than cure and look at the person as a triad of mind, body and spirit. We look at how the disease has come to manifest in the patient and make the patient aware of the whole picture so that the patient may become his or her own physician. This is truly the job of a health practitioner – to make the patient aware of oneself and ones’ health.
Benefits of Naturopathy
Naturopathy uses natural methods such diet plans, detoxification regimes, Herbal Medicine, Bach Flower remedies and relaxation exercises to help heal the body and mind.
During a naturopathic consultation, a detailed medical and lifestyle history is taken in order to ascertain the main areas influencing the patient’s health. Then a specific treatment protocol is put in place that will include the necessary treatment measures for the patient to follow. As the patient gets better, the treatment protocol also changes to reflect the progress in treatment.
What Can Naturopathy Help Treat?
Naturopathic treatment can be used to help treat any medical condition including acute, chronic and degenerative conditions. Naturopathy, like Herbal Medicine, does not claim to cure any condition but rather to help increase the vitality of the patient and its natural defence systems in order for the body to assist in its own healing.
Over the years we’ve had great pleasure in helping many patients with varying conditions naturopathically, including:
- Adrenal exhaustion
- Anxiety and other stress-related symptoms
- Candida infestation
- Cancer patients – assisting with their medical treatments
- Chronic fatigue
- Digestive issues such as heartburn, reflux, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers caused from helicobacter pylori (bacterial infection that causes stomach ulcers)
- Hormonal disturbances such thyroid imbalances
- Liver cleansing and hepatitis
- Low body weight
- Men’s conditions such as prostatic enlargement, erectile dysfunction and low sperm count
- PMS and other female complaints such as scanty periods, frequent periods and no periods
- Skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis
- Swelling of the lower limbs such as lymph-oedema, and fluid retention
- Urinary tract infections such cystitis and kidney infections, and kidney stones
- Weight loss