Naturopathy, or Naturopathic Medicine, is a system of healthcare founded on the principle that the body has the innate capacity for self-healing. Using treatment modalities such as nutritional, exercise and lifestyle advice, a naturopathic approach aims to restore health without the use of drugs or surgery.
The Naturopathic Triad of health aims to address the 3 fundamental areas of health - the structural, biochemical, and psychosocial. The body is intrinsically healthy, but any deviation from the norm in each of the three areas can also throw off the other two, and lead to disease. So Naturopathy focuses on the maintenance of health the prevention of disease. It is therefore a proactive system of healthcare, rather than a reactive system.
How are Naturopathy and Osteopathy related?
At first glance, it seems irrational to consider diet in relation to structural issues such as joint pain. However, Osteopathy and Naturopathy share many fundamental principles. Osteopathy is based upon the body's ability to self-heal, and acknowledges that the body is a triumvirate unit of mind, body and spirit. It also acknowledges that both structure and function are reciprocally related, and that for all tissue to be healthy, it requires an adequate blood supply.
In terms of structural and biochemical health, Osteopathy and Naturopathy address function at a cellular level. Osteopathy seeks to improve blood supply and remove barriers to normal function, while Naturopathy then aims to provide tissues with the best possible nutrition. When combined therefore, the disciplines of Osteopathy & Naturopathy have a powerful effect. Neither truly work in isolation.