Naturopathy

Naturopathic medicine is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention using various safe natural therapies. It is a distinct health care profession that combines the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science.

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Introduction to Naturopathy

 

Naturopathic medicine is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention using various safe natural therapies. It is a distinct health care profession that combines the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science.

The fundamental principles underlying naturopathy is that each person’s care is individual and requires a diagnostic evaluation based entirely on their particular health picture, with a personalised strategy provided for return to full health and optimum vitality and well-being.

As a naturopath, Anne’s goal is to fully support her clients during their journey back to health and prevent their specific condition or issue re-occurring.  It is also to educate her clients, so that they are empowered in self-care and to optimise their health and wellbeing into the future.

The 6 Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

Do No Harm

The Healing Power of Nature

Identify & Treat the Causes

The Physician as Teacher

Treat the Whole Person

Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Naturopathic techniques and solutions are offered by Well Being Dublin?

The following outlines the variety of naturopathic techniques and solutions offered to clients, chosen as to what is most appropriate, personalised to their needs.

Clinical Nutrition

At the well-being clinic restrictive eating and food shaming are not endorsed since they can lead to adverse emotions around food, are not part of the traditional dietary nourishing traditions and may instigate or perpetuate disordered food intake and limited nutrition.

Anne works with clients to give them the greatest knowledge around diet and lifestyle so you can make informed decisions around which foods will support optimum health and well being.

Herbal Botanical Medicine

Anne advises, where appropriate, on the use of herbal medicine for healing and preventatively.

That is as ingested as teas, tinctures, powders, capsules, pills, powders, Used internally as suppositories, pessaries or applied to the skin as poultices, compresses, oils, washes, gels, lotions, creams or herbal and aromatherapy hydrotherapy techniques.

Physical Medicine

Anne advises, where appropriate, on techniques such as breath work, visualisation, stretching, therapeutic self-massage, or therapeutic exercise prescriptions.

Traditional Chinese Medicine naturopathic techniques and solutions

Anne advises, where appropriate, on the following : Acupressure, self-cupping, Moxibustion, Gua Sha, Ear Seeds, Qi gong exercises meditations and exercises. For a detailed description of these T.C.M solutions, please see T.C.M. FAQ.

Lifestyle Counselling

The naturopathy advice and guidance Anne provides, where appropriate, covers the broader spectrum of lifestyle guidance in line with naturopathic principles regards Traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda understanding of constitutional types and the relevant issue to be addressed. contemporary scientific findings with regards optimum mind/body health.

Examples include appropriate exercise, improved hygiene practices, stress management, relaxation techniques, vitality enhancement solutions, and techniques for optimising psychological and emotional perspective.

What are The Six Naturopathic Principles?

The practice of naturopathic medicine emerges from six principles of healing.

These principles are based on the objective observation of the nature of health and disease and are examined continually in lightof scientific analysis. These principles stand as the distinguishing marks of the profession.

The healing power of nature — vis medicatrix naturae

The body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent; nature heals through the response of the life force. The natural physician’s role is to facilitate and augment this process, to identify and remove obstacles to health and recovery, and to support the creation of a healthy internal and external environment.

Identify and treat the cause — tolle causam

Illness does not occur without cause. Underlying causes of disease must be discovered and removed or treated before a person can recover completely from illness. Symptoms are expressions of the body’s attempt to heal, but are not the cause of disease; therefore, naturopathic medicine addresses itself primarily to the underlying causes of disease, rather than to the symptoms.

Causes may occur on many levels, including physical, mental-emotional, and spiritual. The physician must evaluate fundamental underlying causes on all levels, directing treatment at root causes as well as seeking relief of symptoms.

First do no harm — primum no nocere

The process of healing includes the generation of symptoms, which are, in fact, expressions of the life force attempting to heal itself. Therapeutic actions should be complementary to and synergistic with this healing process.

The physician’s actions can support or antagonize the actions of vis medicatrix naturae; therefore, methods designed to suppress symptoms without removing underlying causes are considered harmful and are avoided or minimized.

Treat the whole person — in perturbato animo sicut in corpore sanitas esse non potest

Health and disease are conditions of the whole organism, involving a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors. The natural health physician must treat the whole person by taking all of these factors into account.

The harmonious functioning of all aspects of the individual is essential to recovery from and prevention of disease and requires a personalized and comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.

The physician as teacher — docere

Beyond an accurate diagnosis and appropriate prescription, the physician must work to create a healthy, sensitive interpersonal relationship with the patient. A cooperative doctor–patient relationship has inherent therapeutic value. The physician’s major role is to educate and encourage the patient to take responsibility for his or her own health.

The physician is a catalyst for healthful change, empowering and motivating the patient to assume responsibility. It is the patient, not the doctor, who ultimately creates or accomplishes healing. The physician must strive to inspire hope as well as understanding. The physician must also make a commitment to her/his personal development.

Prevention — principiis obsta: sero medicina curatur

The ultimate goal of naturopathic medicine is prevention. This is accomplished through education and promotion of lifestyle habits that foster good health. The physician assesses risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and makes appropriate interventions to avoid further harm and risk to the patient.

The emphasis is on building health rather than on fighting disease. Because it is difficult to be healthy in an unhealthy world, it is the responsibility of both physician and patient to create a healthier environment in which to live.

What can you expect at your first appointment with Anne at Well Being Dublin?

Once you make contact with Anne, she will answer whatever inquiries you might have to make sure that you have all the information you need, to make the decision to  start your health journey using herbal medicine, (or acupuncture/ stand-alone naturopathy the other modalities used at Well Being Dublin).

Upon booking your appointment, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to Forms.

A first visit with Anne lasts for 90 minutes.

During this time Anne will ask you questions about your health; for example about the systems of the body, your diet and lifestyle, family history of similar health issues.

She will also examine your pulse and tongue (from her traditional Chinese medicine training in diagnostics).

Some of these questions and investigations may not seem directly relevant to the issue that you’ve come to address. But they are pivotal in providing a very comprehensive picture of your overall health – physical, mental and emotional, and indicate which factors may be unsuspectingly contributing to your central complaint.

Anne will then give you her clinical impressions of your case, and how she would suggest approaching your specific situation. She will make any recommendations for your beginning stages of your treatment protocol as listed in the previous section.

If she feels that lab work is necessary, though this tends be a-typical, she will suggest you discuss this with you and advise further.

Anne does not carry out tests herself or organise same (and that is simply to keep unnecessary costs down for clients and because for client convenience, since it is more convenient for them to do this independently from via a reliable Irish testing service).

Very infrequently, a comprehensive treatment regimen depend on lab results not yet furnished, if so Anne will get you started on your preliminary naturopathy and a plan to get you feeling better right away and re-visit the protocol in light of the additional information provided.

Client education necessarily forms a significant part of the session, so that individuals are encouraged to become more aware of their health and own optimum functioning, thus empowering them to towards enhancing their own well-being into the future.

A follow up session, if needed for severe or deep-seated, long-term conditions, is classically scheduled 3 weeks later.

This visit normally lasts approximately 30 to 45 minutes and will include a review of the health situation, further supportive individualised dietary, holistic advice as relevant to the clients needs.

If you would like to find out whether naturopathy or any other natural treatment therapy offered at Well Being Dublin can help yourself, a loved one, friend or family member, you’re welcome to phone for a no-obligation chat at 087 624 9555 or email [email protected].

Please note – The Well Being Dublin clinic does not offer fertility or pregnancy support and works with clients from age 15 and upwards.

Is Anne available for occupational support and education in the corporate sector and in groups?

Naturopaths are also increasingly in demand across numerous industries for occupational and group self-care education and support. For more about this service as provided by Well Being Dublin please see the following section.

Do Naturopaths have specialities?

Anne’s specialisation in her naturopathy programme was in herbal medicine. And whilst her clinic is open to all she has an additional interest in helping support people deal with – Pain Relief – Psychological/ Emotional Issues and – Autoimmune disorders. See About Anne for more information.

What conditions are seen by Naturopaths?

Common issues seen in clinic including; back pain, sinusitis, digestive problems, high anxiety, menopause, acne and arthritis. See Conditions for more information.

By integrating the best of natural medicine and the latest medical science, Naturopaths achieve success in the treatment of a wide range of conditions–acute and chronic, common and rare, simple and complex, and mild to severe.

Anne is trained to handle a broad range of health issues and concerns and naturopaths are leaders in chronic disease prevention.

Does Insurance cover naturopathic medicine?

Irish insurance companies do not cover naturopathic medicine.

However, clients seeking to optimise their well-being and vitality and prevent ill health, find they end up spending less money over time due to decreased use of doctors’ visits , supplements or medications.

With illness or recovery from injury/ lack of intrinsic equilibrium and vitality, management of symptoms can become expensive, as can dealing with a chronic degenerative disease without a toolbox of self-care.

How often will I need to come back for follow-up visits?

Following your progress after your initial visit is very useful part of your treatment plan. As your body heals, often modifications and adjustments need to be made to your naturopathic plan. On average follow-up visits are once a month for 30 minutes.

Initial Visit: The initial visit lasts 1 and a half hours and is needed to fully understand your medical history in order to know which testing needs to be done to explore the cause of your symptoms.

Acute Visit: Acute office visits are also available for established patients to address illnesses such as a an ear infection, diarrhoea, etc. Come in for a short, focused visit for personalized natural health recommendations.

Follow-up Visits: Following your progress after your initial visit is an essential part of your treatment plan. As your body heals, often modifications and adjustments need to be made to your naturopathic plan. The only way to effectively do this is through regular follow-up appointments. On average follow-up visits are once a month for 30 minutes.

If you would like to find out more about whether naturopathy can help you or a loved one, friend or family member, email Anne at [email protected] or call her for a no-obligation chat today at 087 624 9555.

Testimonials

She not only helped me with the immediate problems of migraine and well being. Through her kind wise gentle and non judgemental manner I was able to speak about another health issue from which I am now fully recovered. Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity

Anne McCarthyDublin

Anne is a true professional. She is caring, kind and has great knowledge of her trade. One always feels better leaving her treatment room! I would highly recommend her. Top qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity

Susan MaxwellCareer and Personal counsellor, Mediator, Dublin

Everything was absolutely great, Anne has a great personality and is very open & easygoing - yet she offers a deep insightful view to the causes of the illness that I was suffering with. I can say that the therapy provided definitely helped me to get back to health and I will be coming back in the future if any problems arise again.

Lucas LaskaweicDublin 22

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