What is a Naturopath ?
A naturopath focuses on helping nature to do her job by removing the obstacles to healing, and by nourishing, stimulating, and strengthening the body's immune and repair systems.
Naturopathy is the practice of natural medicine using various modalities to treat and prevent illness. A naturopathic practice covers all aspects of family health from prenatal to geriatric care. The Naturopath (N.D.) treats the person as an individual and as a whole (body, mind & spirit), and aims to find the cause of the disease rather than suppressing the signs and symptoms. Therapies used usually include nutrition, vitamin/mineral therapy, herbal medicine, exercise, stress management, breathing techniques, adequate hydration and sufficient sleep.
The role of the naturopath is to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment. Many aspects of today’s environment are challenging good health – pollution, poor diets, lack of exercise and high stress. This is leading to an increase in chronic disease. A naturopath will educate and motivate patients to take responsibility for their own wellbeing through healthy attitude, lifestyle and diet.
Naturopathic medicine is supported by scientific research drawn from peer-reviewed journals from many disciplines. These include naturopathic medicine, conventional medicine, clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, psychology and spirituality.
Choosing a naturopath does not mean disavowing conventional medicine. Naturopaths collaborate with all other branches of medical science, referring patients to conventional healthcare practitioners for diagnosis or treatment where appropriate. Naturopathic treatment can run alone or in conjunction with western medical treatment - the naturopath will always be mindful of your current prescription medication and can advise on specific supplements and herbal medicines which can safely be taken alongside it.
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RTE Nationwide feature on Herbal medicine, including launch of St. Anne's Physic garden, Jan Keating and the IRH (16:55 minutes in)
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The Skinny on Obesity (Ep. 1): An Epidemic for Every Body
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