Naturopathy is a complete approach to healthcare, which is based on the healing power of nature and the body’s innate ability to restore itself to good health. Advice about diet and lifestyle is key to naturopathy, with a great deal of emphasis placed on educating and teaching the client to take responsibility for their own health and well-being.
What to expect
A holistic approach to healthcare, naturopathy aims to treat the ‘whole person’ – body, mind and spirit - by employing one or more approaches, which may include diet and nutrition; lifestyle advice; hydrotherapy; exercise; physical therapy; naturopathic psychosocial support and other appropriate techniques.
The practitioner will interpret your presenting symptoms to help identify any underlying causes of disease or illness, and then choose natural approaches that will promote your body’s innate ability to self-heal.
Naturopathy is also a ‘way of life’ and considered a preventative approach to healthcare. Your naturopath will help to you to maintain your health and well-being in the long term by offering useful advice about lifestyle, diet and exercise, which can be used every day.
Benefits of naturopathy
Naturopathy may help to improve your lifestyle and diet, and promote general health and well-being, in both the short and long term.
Naturopathy should not be used in place of conventional medical care. Always consult a GP or other health professional for medical attention and advice.
Choosing a therapist
It is important to choose a qualified therapist who has undertaken the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of this particular therapy.
In order for a qualification to be accepted for FHT membership and to the FHT Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register, it must meet the following criteria:
Skills for Health National Occupational Standards:
- CNH1 Explore and establish the client’s needs for complementary and natural healthcare
- CNH2 Develop and agree plans for complementary and natural healthcare with clients
- CNH10 Provide Naturopathy to clients
Practical led and observed training. This will ensure the course is mapped to the above standards.
By choosing a naturopath who is a member of the FHT, you can be confident that they are professionally trained, qualified and insured. They will also be listed on our Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register, as reiki is considered a form of complementary healthcare.