About Natural Healing Therapy
- What is Natural Health?
- What is an Acupuncturist?
- What is an Ayurvedic Practitioner?
- What is a Chinese Medicine Practitioner?
- What is a Naturopath?
- What is a Nutritionist?
- What is a Homeopath?
Natural health is a concept in medical practice upholding that all aspects of people’s needs (psychological, physical, social, and spiritual) should be taken into account and seen as a whole. It encompasses the health of your entire being and extends to everyone and everything that affects you in any way, including your resources, your environment, and your relationships.
Natural medicine offers a noninvasive, practical approach to preventing and treating disease using time-tested remedies such as herbs, vitamins, homeopathy, and a healthful diet.
What is an acupuncturist ?
Acupuncture means an act of stimulation, by means of needles, of specific sites on the skin, mucous membranes or subcutaneous tissues of the human body to promote, maintain, restore or improve healthy, to prevent a disorder, imbalance or disease or to alleviate pain and includes:
i) the administration of manual, mechanical, thermal and electrical stimulation of acupuncture needles,
ii) the use of laser acupuncture, magnetic therapy or acupressure, and
iii) moxibustion (Jiu) and suction cup (Ba Guan).
What is an Ayurvedic Practitioner ?
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of holistic health and natural healing which dates back over 5000 years. It is an art and science of life and well being. Overall, it is health promotive, rejuvenative, and nutritive, as well as disease preventative and curative, by ensuring balance of body, mind and spirit. The term Ayurveda comprises two words, Ayu and Veda. Ayu means life and Veda means knowledge or science. Thus Ayurveda literally means “The science or knowledge of life and well-being”.
The proper practice of Ayurveda promotes overall health through physical, mental and spiritual well being. Ayurveda incorporates knowledge of the subtle energies known as Doshas relating to the physiology and psychology. Ayurveda looks at individual constitutions and treats on an individual basis.
What is a Chinese Medicine Practitioner?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a broad range of medicine practices sharing common theoretical concepts which have been developed in China and are based on a tradition of more than 2000 years, including various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, exercise, and dietary therapy.
TCM means the promotion, maintenance and restoration of healthy and prevention of a disorder, imbalance or disease based on traditional Chinese medicine theory by utilization of the primary therapies of:
i) Chinese acupuncture (Zhen), moxibustion (Jiu) and suction cup (Va Guan)
ii) Chinese manipulative therapy (Tui Na)
iii) Chinese energy control therapy (Qi Gong)
iv) Chinese rehabilitation exercises (Tai Ji Quan)
v) prescribing, compounding or dispensing Chinese herbal formula (Zhong Yao Chu Fang) and Chinese food cure recipes (Shi Liao).
What is a Naturopath ?
Naturopathy, or naturopathic medicine, is a system of medicine based on the healing power of nature. Naturopathy is a holistic system, meaning that naturopathic doctors (N.D.s) strive to find the cause of disease by understanding the body, mind, and spirit of the person. Most naturopathic doctors use a variety of therapies and techniques, such as nutrition, behaviour change, herbal medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, and acupuncture.
Naturopathic Medicine is based on seven principles:
1. First, do no harm (primum no nocere)
2. Nature has healing powers (vis medicatrix naturae)
3. Identify and treat the cause (tolle causam)
4. Treat the whole person
5. The physician is the teacher
6. Prevention is the best cure
7. Establish health and wellness
What is a Nutritionist ?
In holistic nutrition it is believed that we need a certain balance of protein, vitamins, and other nutrients to help our bodies reach maximum energy levels and overall physical and emotional health. It is also believed that each individual is different and requires different amounts of these proteins, vitamins, and nutrients to make that particular individual healthy.
Holistic nutritionists devise diets that match each individual’s health and nutritional needs, while addressing digestion, adequacy, balance, and moderation for each individual. A diet that is adequate will provide enough vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to replace those that are used during the course of the day.
What is a Homeopath?
Homeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their specific symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate medicine to each patient.
Homeopathy is based on the principle that you can treat “like with like”, that is, a substance which causes symptoms when taken in large doses, can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms. This concept is sometimes used in conventional medicine, for example, the stimulant Ritalin is used to treat patients with ADHD, or small doses of allergens such as pollen or sometimes used to de-sensitise allergic patients. However, one major difference with homeopathic medicines is that substances are used in ultra high dilutions, which makes them non-toxic.
The principle of treating “like with like” dates back to Hippocrates (460-377BC) but in its current form, homeopathy has been widely used worldwide for more than 200 years.