Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine, or naturopathy, is an approach to health care which aims to promote, restore and maintain health. Naturopathy aims to assist the patient in whatever aspect of their life needs support. 'The Healing Power of Nature' is the overriding principle behind naturopathic medicine, maintaining that all disease is a result of violating the 'laws of nature': Each individual has a... Read More

Naturopathic medicine, or naturopathy, is an approach to health care which aims to promote, restore and maintain health. Naturopathy aims to assist the patient in whatever aspect of their life needs support.

'The Healing Power of Nature' is the overriding principle behind naturopathic medicine, maintaining that all disease is a result of violating the 'laws of nature': Each individual has an inherent ability to restore and maintain health and balance under the right circumstances. It is the job of a naturopathic physician to assist in providing the ideal conditions for good health, to allow the body to function at its optimum level.

In naturopathic philosophy it is not the actual treatment or substance itself that does the healing, but the action of the body's innate self-healing capacity that restores correct function: Only Nature cures.

Naturopathy engages the healing power of Nature through correct nutrition and natural therapies to provide the body with the internal and external environment in which it can heal itself.

Naturopathy is based on the following principles:
* The Healing Power of Nature, or Vis Medicatrix Naturae: There is a 'vital force' or 'life force' which drives the self-healing or self-correcting mechanisms of the body.
* The 'Triad of Health', which describes the connection and interaction between the structural (physical), biochemical (nutritional) and mental/emotional aspects of all living beings. Dysfunction in one area invariably leads to an imbalance in the whole person; and
* The Uniqueness of the Individual: People are genetically, biochemically, structurally and emotionally unique. Each person responds in an individual way to influences, whether psychological, physical, nutritional, social or cultural.

Naturopathic physicians use an eclectic approach, utilising the essential method of interviewing and questions, listening, looking and palpating along with a thorough history of diagnosed disorders, prescribed medication, family history, diet and lifestyle, and performs a focused physical exam when indicated to select the optimal treatment to help reach the patient's goals. Naturopathic physicians can select from a broad range of treatment modalities in which they have been trained and which are closest to their personal philosophy. The form of naturopathic specialism at Greenfields arises from a new specialty called Generative Medicine which evolved from the growing scientific evidence and basis of the Blood Group Diet and GenoType Diet and Lifestyle consultations.

At Greenfields we are finding that Generative Medicine changes the way our patients see things. With practical lifestyle and dietary tools they feel empowered to make a difference in their life situation with renewed energy and vitality. They see their symptoms as barometers to guide decisions in stress management, exercise and food and preparation choices. For some who first come with health challenges as a result of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid conditions, imbalances in hormones, cancer, arthritis and autoimmune states, specific testing and interventions to assist the body's innate healing powers can facilitate a welcomed paradigm shift.

The philosophy of naturopathic medicine is enduring, and has survived the scrutiny of evidence-based medicine. Current outcome studies are amassing evidence from the ongoing investigation and research by utilising the model of Generative Medicine. Generative Medicine aims to identify the self-healing processes and allows the physician to participate in partnership with them. This is achieved by applying the tools of systems biology and bioinformatics (a branch of nutrigenetics) to the complex behaviours seen in health and disease. The Generative Medicine approach allows for safer and more individualised treatments in sickness and in health, with a better understanding of the complex behaviours of the whole person. These behaviours go beyond cause-and-effect relationships and provide a better understanding of the relationships between the individual parts, whether they are genes, cell organelles like mitochondria, organ systems, or even an individual's place in society.

Naturopathic philosophy is utilised to educate the patient to improve their posture, breathing, exercise and rest. Genetic and environmental factors are taken into consideration to individualise correct use of water and light, and nutrition through diet and strategic supplementation. Naturopathic treatment modalities include therapeutic massage, joint mobilisation and manipulation, osteopathy, craniosacral therapy and Chinese medicine. One-off homœopathic remedies can assist release of deep-seated patterns. Frequently recommended therapies include: naturopathic therapeutic massage, hydrotherapy (Epsom salt baths, cold water packs); botanical and nutritional supplements; vibrational essences, herbal or homœopathic remedies for short term benefit or in a first aid context.


Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes Chinese Herbal Medicine, and also includes the practice of acupuncture. Herbal medicine has been used in China for centuries and is backed by a long and rich history of development, use and research. Chinese herbal medicine is unique in that the diagnosis and treatments are based on the theories of traditional Chinese medicine. Besides discussing y... Read More

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes Chinese Herbal Medicine, and also includes the practice of acupuncture. Herbal medicine has been used in China for centuries and is backed by a long and rich history of development, use and research. Chinese herbal medicine is unique in that the diagnosis and treatments are based on the theories of traditional Chinese medicine.

Besides discussing your health issues with you, a practitioner of herbal medicine uses other signs and symptoms such as those found in your tongue and pulse to form a TCM diagnosis. The common cold, for example, may be diagnosed as "wind-cold invasion" and herbs which dispel wind and warm cold may be prescribed. Herbs administered within Chinese herbal medicine are usually raw and cooked into a tea, in a powder form and taken with hot water or in a pill form.

Like any medicine as a whole, some Chinese herbs may have undesired side effects. This is just like what you might have read about the Vioxx, the popular pain drug withdrawn in 2006 by Merck because it doubled the risk of heart attack. It all depends on what you take no matter whether it is a herb or a pharmaceutical: In China, statistics show that many more adverse drug reactions are reported for chemical drugs than Chinese herbs.

When used by qualified practitioners Chinese herbs provide the essential nutrition the body needs to overcome any physical, mental or emotional imbalances and most patients experience do not experience undesirable side effects.

It is important to see certified, qualified practitioners who use products from quality controlled sources, who can determine the safe use of herbs for you, and establish whether there is risk of interactions with drugs you may be or will be taking.


Acupuncture

Acupuncture at Greenfields includes Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Medical Acupuncture, also known as Dry Needling. Traditional acupuncture is a system of healthcare which originated in China many thousands of years ago. The ancient Chinese were not allowed to cut into the body, so they came up with a different system to explain the communication and connections within the body that wor... Read More

Acupuncture at Greenfields includes Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Medical Acupuncture, also known as Dry Needling.

Traditional acupuncture is a system of healthcare which originated in China many thousands of years ago. The ancient Chinese were not allowed to cut into the body, so they came up with a different system to explain the communication and connections within the body that worked via channels as opposed to nerves and blood vessels. Through meticulous observation and record keeping, they showed how any obstruction along a channel would, over time, lead to pathology and/or pain within the body. Through careful study they developed an intricate system of cause and effect. Acupuncture aims to address any imbalance within the body to correct the communication networks and therefore improve health.

From a medical viewpoint, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system, influencing the body's self-regulating homeostatic systems, leading to the promotion of physical and emotional well-being.

When included in a comprehensive management programme, acupuncture has been proven to reduce pain levels. If you are being treated medically for your injuries, you may want to assist your process by balancing with acupuncture.

Whether dealing with the stress or pain from your injuries, balancing with acupuncture has shown to help many people recover.

Because acupuncture provides a way of diagnosis and treatment that is outside of the western model, acupuncture can often provide a fresh perspective giving you insight into the cause leading to a new treatment approach.

An interesting and consistent outcome is that acupuncture is found to be a safe treatment with very few side effects when undertaken by a qualified practitioner.

Often, one or two treatments provide noticeable and often complete relief. Because acupuncture is not a curative modality, some conditions may require several treatments as well as dietary adjustments and/or complementary herbal remedies.

Western medical acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine. While Western medical acupuncture has evolved from Chinese acupuncture, its practitioners no longer adhere to concepts such as Yin/Yang and circulation of qi, and regard acupuncture as part of conventional medicine rather than a complete “alternative medical system”. It acts mainly by stimulating the nervous system, and its known modes of action include local antidromic axon reflexes, segmental and extrasegmental neuromodulation, and other central nervous system effects. Western medical acupuncture is principally used by conventional healthcare practitioners, most commonly in primary care. It is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, including myofascial trigger point pain. It is also effective for postoperative pain and nausea. Practitioners of Western medical acupuncture tend to pay less attention than classical acupuncturists to choosing one point over another, though they generally choose classical points as the best places to stimulate the nervous system. The design and interpretation of clinical studies is constrained by lack of knowledge of the appropriate dosage of acupuncture, and the likelihood that any form of needling used as a usual control procedure in “placebo controlled” studies may be active. Western medical acupuncture justifies an unbiased evaluation of its role in a modern health service.

Reference: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/aim.2008.000372


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