Applied Naturopathy

Cassi Cowlam ND

Naturopathy: The Underlying Philosophies

Using nature to treat health issues is not a “new” concept – man has been using plants and food as medicine since the beginning of time, and understanding nature and her laws is central to the philosophy of Naturopathy.

Naturopathy is termed a "holistic” form of medicine – derived from the Greek word “holos” meaning WHOLE. This represents a very important philosophy of natural medicine – to treat holistically means taking into account not only the physical state of your patient, but also the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects. Everything we do, think and feel is connected and has an impact on our health and wellbeing. We are not just a set of “parts” that can be treated separately, but complex and unique individuals that need to be viewed as such. Because of this, no two treatments are the same. Remember, we treat the person, not their disease!

Naturopathy is a distinct method of health care, guided by a philosophy that recognises that all living things possess a self-regulatory and inherent ability for self-healing, and works on the premise of the “healing power of nature”. The Naturopathic approach to health care aims to gently but efficiently support and enhance the body’s own ability to heal itself using safe but effective natural therapies. These therapies include herbal medicine, nutrition, lifestyle advice, flower essences, iridology and tactile treatment.

Naturopathy works on the basis of a set of specific principles that are applied to every case:

  • The Healing Power of Nature (using nature as medicine)
  • Identify and Treat the Cause (what is the underlying problem causing the symptoms)
  • First Do No Harm (never use or do anything that will harm the patient)
  • Treat the Whole Person (treat holistically at all times)
  • Doctor as Teacher (educate the patient as to what is going on and empower them to be in control of their health)
  • Prevention (identifying potential issues that may cause health problems in the future)
  • There is only one disease (the absence of health)

Today, Naturopathy is considered both a science and an art, as the treatment it encompasses draws upon several lines of evidence, ranging from qualitative, quantitative, cultural and traditional. Many herbs and nutrients have been clinically proven for their efficacy, and research is ongoing to ensure that the treatment given to each patient has validation.

Watch the video above to see what a Naturopathic consultation involves – Cassi will outline the processes used to gain important information that helps decide what individual treatment programs to use.

Profile: Cassi Cowlam, ND: The Medical Sanctuary

Cassi, a lecturer at the Australian College of Natural Medicine, has a Bachelor in Health Science (Naturopathy) as well as Diplomas in Dietary Therapeutics, Iridology and Nutritional Medicine gained from studies in London at The British College of Nutritional Medicine.

A caring practitioner who addresses patient’s health issues based on a holistic philosophy, and encourages a preventative approach to empower individuals to achieve and maintain their wellness. Cassi provides practical nutritional and lifestyle advice combined with herbal medicine to create individual wellness programs for each patient.

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