In naturopathy, health is viewed as a dynamic state of equilibrium between the structural, biochemical and emotional aspects of a person. This is known as the Triad of Health. Naturopathic principles acknowledge that the human body has an innate ability to resist disease and it’s own mechanisms of recovery and self-regulation. A person’s vitality is considered to be of overall importance in the body’s self-healing capability and a treatment plan will be devised accordingly.
In practice, naturopaths will make use of various modalities that are designed to stimulate the activation of the body’s own homeostatic mechanisms. Treatment plans are holistic as they will include all aspects of the triad of health. Techniques might include structural adjustments using various bodywork modalities, such as Neuromuscular Technique.
Biochemical adjustments could include giving naturopathic dietary and nutritional advice, cleansing and detoxing regimens or the prescribing of herbal teas or tissue salts. Help on a mental and emotional level might include using Bach Flower remedies, giving lifestyle advice or prescribing herbal teas such as chamomile tea to aid relaxation. Naturopathic hydrotherapy is often used as a theraputic tool as it helps with all aspects of the triad of health and boosts the body’s vitality.