Herbal medicine has been practised for centuries, and until about 50 years ago, nearly all of the entries in pharmacopoeias describing the manufacture of drugs indicated a herbal origin. For example Asprin was discovered in the last century from the herb willow bark, by isolating one of its active constituents salicin. Today it is recognised by the World Health organisation that herbs are the most widespread form of medicine used by people living on our planet. Naturopathically, they can be taken in a variety of forms and, correctly administered, have a profoundly positive effect on an individual’s health.
The quality of the food we eat affects the whole body. From our food we obtain the vital building blocks of our body and the vitamins and minerals required to help our cells function. Foods have distinct pharmacological properties that can be used to promote health and alleviate and prevent disease. A naturopathic assessment of an individual’s diet may result in suggested changes. Where there is a major deficiency nutritional supplements may be required.
The idea that the eyes are a mirror to the body is an ancient one, and is still practised today. Iridology is the study of how the health of the body and its organs are reflected in the iris of the eye. Iridology cannot detect a specific disease but can indicate genetic and functional weaknesses throughout the body which may become problematic if left untreated. Fibre patterns, changes in colour, and abnormal markings give indications of the body’s tissue condition and client’s psycho-emotional behaviour patterns. The information gathered also helps to form a picture of the whole person.
Diet and Lifestyle
Addressing diet and lifestyle are two key roles in naturopathy. Even small changes to our lifestyle and eating habits can bring about fundamental and lasting benefits to our health.
Contact with allergens can inflame tissue in any part of the body. In the joints it can cause arthritic pain. In the respiratory tract it can cause sinus, asthma, and excess mucous. In the nervous system it can cause headache, migraine, depression and tiredness. In the skin it can cause rashes, eczema, psoriasis and hives. Vital information about what is causing the problem is stored in your body, and can be taken from a simple hair sample. The test is not done onsite, and a consultation to discuss the results is advisable. Herbal medicines may be prescribed.
Edward Bach was a doctor who left his successful medical practice in London to seek remedies in the plant world which would restore vitality to the sick. He discovered 38 remedies that covered every emotional state that a person feels. Edward Bach believed the primary cause of sickness and disease was an inharmonious state of mind. So Bach flower essences treat a persons emotional state. Edward Bach said "When peace and harmony return to the mind, health and strength will return to the body."