Naturopathy is much more than just the absence of symptoms. The World Health Organisation defines health as:

“a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Naturopathy, or natural medicine, is a unique combination of naturopathic principles and practices and modern scientific knowledge, both achieved through formal education. Naturopathy aims to not only eliminate disease, but also enable complete mind, body and spiritual balance and well-being. This leads to improved vitality and the reduction and ultimately elimination of the need for pharmaceutical medications.

Six principles of natural medicine or naturopathy

Sari strives to uphold these six principles of natural medicine/ naturopathy:

  1. Support the healing power of nature/ Vis Medicatrix Naturae

Naturopaths believe in the inherent power of the body to heal itself when given the support and nutrients it requires. Removing obstacles enables the body to heal itself.

  1. Identify and treat the cause/ Tolle Causam

Looking beyond the symptoms enables an understanding of how they have come about.  The root cause can then be treated and the symptoms of the non-emergency acute or chronic illness disappear. There is then no need for a continued ‘crutch’ such as paracetamol, or cortisone, or a laxative. Naturopathy treatments may include nutrition, minerals, vitamins, herbal remedies, lifestyle recommendations, water therapy, and various detoxification procedures.

  1. First, do no harm/ Primum Non Nocere

Naturopathy treatments and recommendations are gentle and non-invasive with no to minimal adverse side effects- and they are effective! Naturopaths attempt to find the most supportive and efficient means to fix the root cause of your problems, without doing any harm.

  1. Doctor as teacher/ Docere

Naturopaths have dedicated their lives to learning and understanding the human body, health, disease and natural treatments. This is then taught to their patients so they can make informed decisions and take ownership of their own health and be in an active partnership with their naturopath to improve their health and wellbeing.

  1. Treat the whole patient/ Tolle Totum

It is important to view the whole person as one entity- mind, body and spirit, and not a group of parts. Naturopaths believe it is impossible to see the person as a stomach and an ulcer which is separate from the mind and the stress response, for example. The person and all their health and lifestyle factors are considered as complexly integrated, and treated as such to bring about harmony.

  1. Always support prevention/ Defendere

Prevention is much easier than cure. Simple, good health habits today, will prevent the hard work of cure tomorrow. We focus on an overall body and mind wellness for an entire lifetime and aim to avoid disease. As Benjamin Franklin stated: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.


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