Naturopathy is a philosophy and holistic healthcare system that recognises the healing power of nature present in all living things. As an holistic system it aims to promote and restore health by employing various natural treatment approaches that may include: naturopathic nutrition, lifestyle advice, hydrotherapy, physical therapy, naturopathic psychosocial support and other appropriate techniques.
Naturopathic practitioners interpret presenting symptoms as the individual's unique response to physical, emotional, environmental or genetic stress factors which can be identified by asking about your family history. The practitioner's role is to identify these underlying causes and to promote the inherent self-healing power within the individual. Naturopathy is also a way of life and the naturopath will help empower individuals through education about lifestyle, diet and exercise.
Choosing a practitioner
It is important to choose a qualified practitioner who has undertaken the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of naturopathy.
Whilst naturopathic practitioners share the same philosophy, they have a focus within that. For example, some may have nutrition or physical therapy as the main part of their practice, others may offer colon hydrotherapy, iridology, kinesiology and you are encouraged to check with the naturopathic practitioner about the focus of their practice and its appropriateness for the individual in question.
You can check whether a naturopathic practitioner is registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) by searching the register at www.cnhc.org.uk. By choosing naturopaths registered with the CNHC you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.
Search the Register
To find a local complementary therapist, enter your own postcode or town/city and select how many miles from there that you want to search.
You can narrow your search by selecting a particular type of therapy from the drop down list.
Alternatively you can search for a therapist by name.