What is a Naturopath?

//Posted By Jodie Foreman

Simply put, a naturopath is a practitioner who practices natural health therapies. They often blend modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine and treatment.

Typical examples of services a naturopath can provide include: Herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, acupuncture and homeopathy.

Naturopaths typically take a more personalised approach to each patient’s health, considering and treating the body as a whole body, and considering overall wellbeing of mind and body.

Naturopaths are generally self-employed or work within private health practices; some can be found in hospitals, research facilities and spas. They are growing in demand as people become disenfranchised with traditional pharmaceuticals, doctor waiting lists etc.

Getting to the root cause

Naturopaths help you get to the root underlying causes of your health issues and guide you on the changes you need to make in order to get well. They may offer advice on dietary changes, lifestyle changes, and guidance on emotional wellbeing.

When to see a naturopath?

Naturopathy can be beneficial in acute (sudden) or chronic (long-standing) illness, both physical and psychological.

  • Have a range of symptoms that you have been unable to address on your own or with help from other medical professionals.
  • Have been diagnosed with an illness and are looking for supportive treatment.
  • Want to minimise the effects of drugs or surgery.
  • Looking to improve overall wellbeing, and safeguard against future illness.

Difference between naturopaths and conventional doctors

Naturopaths treat people as individuals, considering the physical environmental and emotional aspects of their health. They aim get to the root cause of health concerns as opposed to addressing and treating only the symptoms which is often the case with conventional doctors, pharmaceutical drugs and surgeries.

Naturopaths in Hythe, Kent

You can see a naturopath at Foreman and Jones in the centre of Hythe, Kent.

Our nutritionist and one of our herbalists Lucy Jones graduated as a Naturopath in 2002 after successfully completing a 4 year, full time advanced diploma course from Nature Care College, Sydney, one of Australia’s leading natural therapy colleges.

Lucy is registered with the General Naturopathic Council, the oldest registering body for naturopaths in the UK.

Most of our other practitioners also practice in naturopathy.