NATUROPATHY: YOUR HEALTH ALLY
Naturopathy, we hear about it, but often we don't really know what it is.
– Naturopathy is healing with plants.
- Not only.
– Oh yes, and with essential oils.
- There is not just that.
- Yes too ! But not only…
What is naturopathy ?
According to the World Health Organization, naturopathy is: “a practice of prevention and optimization of health which is based on a set of natural methods whose objective is to transmit the keys to healthy living […] ].
It is a set of treatment methods aimed at strengthening the body's defenses by means considered natural and organic”.
Health is defined as “a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being”.
Naturopathy makes it possible to maintain good health, to accompany a sick person or who presents discomfort.
The objective is to offer him healthy lifestyle advice, as well as a set of techniques and natural treatments.
The role of the naturopath
The naturopath apprehends the health of each individual as a whole: physical, emotional, social environment. He will look for the root cause of the discomfort and not just to relieve the symptoms.
The purpose is to provide tools and keys to empower the people who will consult it. It is sometimes said that the naturopath is a health educator.
The basics of naturopathy
Naturopathy starts from the principle that if an individual has good vitality, his organism will be able to react more quickly to the imbalances at the origin of illnesses.
The work in naturopathy consists in restoring the vitality of the person, by adapting the advice to his temperament, his state of health and his social environment.
Two people who consult a naturopath for the same problem will not have the same recommendations, nor the same program.
The approach is thus completely individualized, with a sustainable approach to avoid recurrences. It is necessary to look for the cause, or the causes, at the origin of the disease or the discomfort.
Different techniques are used in naturopathy, all inserted into cures.
Naturopathy = detox cure?
The term is so widely used that it is misunderstood.
There are 4 cures in naturopathy. But in fact only two are offered to customers:
– A detox cure.
– A revitalization treatment.
The detox cure
We must here speak of the role of emunctories. The liver, kidneys, lungs, intestines and skin are organs whose role, among other things, is to eliminate toxins and poisons from the body.
These organs detoxify themselves. However, modern society and our rhythms of life put them to the test. Unbalanced diet, meals on the go, physical inactivity, stress are all factors that weaken the body's capacities in its elimination functions.
The detox cure offers a program to support the overloaded organ and divert toxins to a secondary emunctory.
For example, if the kidneys are fatigued, diversion to the skin can be considered via sweat and spa sessions, plenty of hydration, and exercise.
The liver will often be solicited with plants such as milk thistle, burdock, black radish or even desmodium which are hepato-protective.
When should you favor the detox cure?
It is important to know that this cure lasts on average 3 months, but it is rarely implemented as a first intention.
It is necessary to have a good vitality to avoid that the cure exhausts the organism. Consequently, it is often the revitalization cure that is the most suitable for starting a naturopathic accompaniment.
The revitalization cure
The objective of this treatment is twofold:
– Restore energy to the body so that it can overcome imbalances and/or support the detox cure that may follow.
– Adopt healthy lifestyle habits that will ideally become a routine.
A revitalization cure consists of adopting a diet rich in macro and micronutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory in order to fill any deficiencies.
It also makes it possible to limit sources of stress, to resume physical activity and to regain a state of general well-being.
What are the tools used in naturopathy?
Three techniques are mainly used in naturopathy: nutrition, physical activity, mental management.
These “major” techniques because they are systematically used. The others are optional and will be advised according to the profile of the client and the specialization of the practitioner.
What are the other naturopathic techniques?
Among these other techniques we find: breathing techniques, manual techniques, reflex, energy and vibration techniques.
There is also hydrology (treatments with hot or cold water, hydrotherapy, etc.) and phytology (which translates into the use of plants in all their forms).
Are plants essential in naturopathy?
Plants and essential oils are only a small part of the naturopath's toolbox.
He will recommend lifestyle advice such as food rebalancing, how to better manage stress and emotions. He will also recommend the practice of regular physical activity.
Food supplements, plants and essential oils are anti-symptomatic if used alone. They will relieve a time, but can deport the problem and lead to complications or a deterioration of the state of health. For this reason, it is preferable to use them as part of a cure.
What is the relationship with skin and beauty?
The skin is a very important organ in naturopathy because it reflects internal dysfunctions. If the clients have enough vitality, the main emunctories divert the toxins to the skin so as not to impact the organs that provide essential functions.
Dull, dry and acne-prone skin are symptoms that indicate intestinal or hormonal dysfunction.
Faced with a skin problem, we will first check that the face and body care routine is adapted to the person.
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Naturopathy intervenes in a global and individualized way on health. It provides lifestyle advice using natural techniques and offers cures adapted to each individual.