Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy is based on a combination of traditional practices and models and new cutting edge research.
The main principle of Naturopathy is that the body is able to heal itself, given proper conditions. In Naturopathy, we take a patient-centred, rather than a disease-centred approach to health. This means that each person represents a complex set of interwoven interactions that determine their state of health. Our wellbeing is influenced by genetic predispositions, social influences, emotional states, as well as nutritional and environmental factors. It is therefore a much more personalised approach, one that acknowledges all of the above, and applies appropriate interventions for this individual.
Although two people may have the same health problem, they are likely to require different approaches in order to get better. This is because everyone is biochemically unique and what has lead one person to develop certain symptoms will be completely different to another person.
Naturopathic Practitioners work to find the root causes of imbalances in the body and use a variety of nutritional tools to restore them safely and naturally. A symptom is merely your body's way of alerting you that something is going wrong. By taking a painkiller for pain for example, you are only masking deeper dysfunction, having a false feeling of calm, when in reality those symptoms are likely to get worse or lead to another problem over time.
There is now an overwhelming amount of research into nutritional strategies to restore health and prevent chronic disease. Many natural compounds such as vitamins, minerals or plant extracts have been extensively studied, showing a range of positive effects on different body systems, whilst having a very good safety record.
Nutritional Therapists are fully trained to work alongside orthodox medicine and they are taught to spot potential ‘red flag' symptoms, which require a GP referral, for example. They are also able to work out potential drug-nutrient interactions if someone is taking prescribed medication. Therefore, it is safe and often very beneficial to support someone nutritionally even if they are already receiving mainstream treatment.
Most importantly, they focus on disease prevention and optimisation of health, as opposed to reducing or managing symptoms.
Who can benefit from Nutritional Therapy?
Because Nutritional Therapists assess the body as a whole, rather than simply focusing on individual symptoms, they are able to work with a variety of health issues.
Below you can find some common conditions that Nutritional Therapy could help with. If you can't find what you are looking for, or you are not sure whether you could benefit from seeing a Nutritionist, please contact us and we will endeavour to answer your questions.
Auto-immune conditions such as MS, LE, RA and others
Chronic fatigue and ME
Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis
Depression / Anxiety
Digestive or bowel problems, including bloating, constipation, diarrhoea
Disordered Eating Behaviours
Eczema / Psoriasis or other skin problems
Hepatitis – Liver Support
Hormone imbalance e.g. PCOS, fibroids, PMS
Indigestion, reflux, ulcers
Irritable bowel syndrome
Migraines / Headaches
Parasitic and fungal infections