Naturopathy incorporates the use of herbs, homeopathy, iridology and other types of treatments, including diagnostic tools in order to uncover particular areas of concern in a patient. The underlying principles of naturopathy include:
- The healing power of nature
- First do no harm
- Treat the causes, not just the symptoms of a disease
- Treat the person holistically
- Education for patients on healthy lifestyle and wellbeing
- Prevention of diseases
Naturopathy uses a lot of traditional treatments, and incorporates a lot of modern science into its treatment regimes. This means that clinical evidence is now supporting the use of naturopathy in medicine. A lot of western trained doctors are now adopting naturopathic principles into their practice. A naturopathic doctor looks at healing and curing underlying idiopathic symptoms, through holistic principles and processes.
Herbs have been used for thousands of years, and naturopathy in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine incorporates the use of a number of herbal treatments. Western herbalism has been used for centuries, although early practitioners of herbal medicine (typically witches) were castigated by religious orders for supposed “witchcraft” when now these treatment modalities are widely accepted on the basis of scientific principles.
A lot of pharmaceutical preparations are now based on herbs, or plant derived. For example, bay leaves are now being used to create a prescription medicine that eradicates malignant melanoma in patient populations. Aspirin was originally used by Native American Indians for pain relief, when they chewed willow bark. Now, it is a widely available over the counter medicine available for analgesic use. Australian Indigenous People used for centuries the essential oils of the melaleuca tree, and boiled the leaves as a tea. They used this for respiratory complaints, or applied it to wounds in order to disinfect them. Tea Tree Oil is now widely available as a preparation for cleaning and antibacterial agent.
Naturopaths in Australia are trained in accredited institutions and recognised as professional medical practitioners. They can treat you alongside your general medical practitioner, or as a substitute for those who choose to only receive holistic care. Naturopaths are not limited in the conditions that they are able to treat, and these can range from treating asthma, digestive complaints, anxiety and depression, chronic pain, arthritis, skin disorders, recurrent migraines and allergies. Naturopathy is particularly good at treating these conditions, but can be utilised for other conditions as well.
The diagnostic process of naturopathy, and the consultation process is quite straightforward. It can include the following:
- an examination of your family health history, and your own personal health history
- details about your current lifestyle, diet, exercise and sleep habits
- questions about the condition you are presenting for, and what your goals are in receiving naturopathic treatment
- expected outcomes discussed
- diagnostic procedures such as iridology (examination of the eye to determine any health abnormalities), bio-compatible hair analysis (scientific evaluation of the hair shaft which gives a clear picture of the patient’s health history), tongue and or fingernail diagnosis, pulse diagnosis (Chinese medicine) and kinesiology assessment
Other details about the patient are taken, and then a health care plan is formulated with the patient, incorporating both a variety of treatments, education about wellbeing, and a scheduling of follow up treatments and consultations that help a patient adhere to the plan of treatment.
Dr Anand Bhatt, chief practitioner at Anandam Wellness specialises in the following health conditions:
- mental and emotional health
- acute and chronic pain
- gut health
- women’s health
- joint health
Additionally Dr Anand Bhatt can provide a number of health services within the realm of naturopathy and yogic sciences that treat various health complaints and conditions, and promote wellbeing. Information on these treatments is available on this website.