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Naturopathic Techniques


Naturopathic techniques

A naturopath employs a range of non-invasive techniques to support the body and open routes of elimination.


These include (but are not limited to):



Nutrition and dietary advice – one of naturopathy’s foundations. A poor diet prevents the body-mind from functioning well and a build up of toxins can lead to a range of illnesses. WHOLE, FRESH AND SEASONAL FOODS ARE RECOMMENDED. Eliminative Diet; Alkalising Diet; Nourishing renewal Diet etc. with The intake of a proper combination and balanced food, one can purify the body and improve the immune system.




Castor oil

One of naturopathies best kept secrets is the use of castor oil packs to support and restore cellular integrity. Dating back to the Egyptians, Castor oil is known for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Apply generously across the abdomen & adrenals to aid detox and open routes of elimination as well as reduce inflammation. Widely used for skin health as an humectant, it restores hydration.


Enemas

Enemas involve a one-time infusion of water into the colon. By contrast, colonics, also known as colonic hydrotherapy or irrigation, involve multiple infusions. The main objective of an enema is to evacuate the lower colon, while colonics cleanse a larger portion of the bowel. Perhaps the single most important distinction is that a colonic infers the use of specialized equipment administered by a trained hydrotherapist, while an enema can be performed at home with a do-it-yourself kit. Enema’s are used as part of a naturopathic personalised care plan.


Hydrotherapy (water therapy) – another foundation of naturopathy. For instance, the use of hot and cold compresses might be used for certain conditions to influence the flow of blood and body heat, hot & cold showers to move lymph or sitz bath to control body temperature, Epsom baths for removing toxicity.


Neti – nasal sinus irrigation using neti pot and Himalayan salt



Physical therapies – such as therapeutic massage & acupressure.

Body massage applies pressure in required measures over body muscles, tissues, ligaments, tendon, joints or skin for improving blood circulation and strengthening the body organs.

Acupressure, Shiatsu and Acupuncture therapy focus on specific meridians and trigger points to subdue or stimulate energy centers.


Skin brushing – improves lymphatic circulation and removes dead skin. Always brush towards the heart



Stress management techniques – emotional problems and stress can interfere with the healing process. Effective stress management strategies and lifestyle coaching can support an individual return to health.


Oil pulling: Ayurveda advises oil pulling (sesame seed, coconut oil, or ghee are commonly used) to purify the entire system, as it holds that each section of the tongue is connected to different organs of the body. The oil sucks the debris and toxins out of your mouth and creates a clean, antiseptic oral environment. Oil pulling in the morning ensures that you get rid of the bacteria completely and also eliminate bad breath.


Supplementation – herbs & natural remedies are integrated to support the body when necessary. For example, use of 4000IU daily vitamin D3 during the winter months to support paracrine & endocrine function as well bone health.


Tongue scraping

Removes bacteria and is key to preventing cavities, gum disease, and other conditions affecting the mouth. Tongue scraping can help clear unhealthy bacteria from the mouth, improving your tongue's appearance and overall sensation.



Special considerations


Fasting and detoxification are sometimes recommended – depending on condition and seasonal influence.

Many of the foundations of naturopathy – such as the importance of diet, clean freshwater, sunlight, exercise, and stress management – have already been adopted by conventional medicine.


Naturopathic techniques are administered under the supervision of the practitioner as part of a lifestyle and wellbeing program.

Contraindications

Naturopathic techniques should be used with caution, and under the strict guidance of a naturopath. Always consult your medical practitioner if you are unsure. Colonics and enemas should be avoided by people with conditions such as diverticular disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, severe hemorrhoids, heart disease, severe anemia, abdominal hernia, gastrointestinal cancer, and intestinal tumors. People who are pregnant or who have recently had colon surgery should also avoid these procedures.





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