Naturopathy Nutritional Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine is its own distinct healing art and is best defined by its principles and its therapies. Simply put in modern terms, naturopathic physicians are primary health care providers who specialize in natural medicine. A comprehensive consultation takes up to 90 minutes and covers fundamental key questions relating to the physical, emotional and spiritual elements of an individual complemented with noninvasive physical examination and pathology testing.

The following seven principles are the foundation of naturopathic medicine:

1. The healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae). The body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health.

2. First do no harm (primum no nocere). Naturopaths seek to do no harm with medical treatment by employing safe, effective, less invasive, and natural therapies.

3. Identify and treat the cause (tolle causam) Naturopaths are not only trained to investigate and diagnose diseases, they are also trained to view things more holistically and look for an underlying cause, be it physical, mental, or emotional. Treatment includes addressing the root cause rather than just suppressing symptoms.

4. Treat the Whole Person. Health and disease are conditions of the whole organism, involving a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social/cultural/economic factors. Homeostasis and harmony of functions of all aspects of the individual are essential to recovery from disease, prevention of future health problems, and maintenance of wellness.

5. Physician as Teacher (docere). The naturopath's major role is to educate, empower, and motivate the patient to take responsibility for their health. A healthy attitude, diet, exercise, and other lifestyle habits serve as the cornerstone of our recommendations.

6. Prevention is the best cure The ultimate goal is prevention. The emphasis being on builiding health rather than on fighting disease.

7. Establish Health and Wellness To establish and maintain optimum health and to promote wellness.

In addition to these seven principles, there are two principles that I believe are fundamental not only to natural medicine, but fundamental to good medicine: the principle of resonance and the principle of choice.
Resonance is basically and issue of compatibility. What approach, what therapy, what herb, or what of any substance is compatible with this particular patient in this particular moment and set of life circumstances? The selection of the therapeutic approach that is resonant with the individual is the therapy that will create the most healing momentum. Any medicine, natural or pharmaceutical, can be resonant. The art of medicine is to know when to use what, for whom, and for how long. I believe the most profound healing principle is the practise of medicine is the principle of resonance, not whether the medicine is natural or synthetic, alternative or conventional, or a 'naturopathic' philosophy versus conventional 'allopothic' philosophy. The healing method is the medicine that is right for that person. The true goal of a naturopath is to perceive what is resonant with that individual.
The second guiding principle is of choice. Each patient chooses what is right for him or her. The doctors role is to educate about the health problem, about the options, including their pros and cons, and to share resources. The physician must be perceptive and must listen, investigate, evaluate, educate, offer recommendations, and then create an environment where the individual can make a decision for them selves. Choice is a powerful force, the force of individual responsibility, empowerment, and self-direction. Choice fosters will, desire, discipline and motivation. Freedom of choice occurs in an environment of equality and respect between physician and patient.


Sarah Foley is one of Australia's leading Naturopathic wellness and detox specialists and has developed a unique approach in her practise, embracing Ancient Hawaiian Healing arts, centuries old Tao practises, and a wide variety of healing philosophies from all over the world.

Sarah believes in the power of the butterfly effect, that small changes made consistently over a period of time can produce dramatic results, that not only affect our lives, but also lead to transforming the world.


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