Naturopathic medicine is founded on the idea that the human body has an innate healing ability. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) such as Anne Hughes teach their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and other natural therapies such as acupressure and hydrotherapy to enhance their ability to ward off and combat disease. Anne also offers acupuncture and herbal medicine to support the patients return to full well-being where requested.

A naturopath views the patient as a complex, interrelated system - as a whole person, not as a symptom to be eradicated or a single condition to manage, (e.g. a clogged artery or an asthmatic). Naturopathic doctors create comprehensive recommended plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural approaches to not only address disease, but to also restore health.

The central principals of Naturopathy are:
 
The healing power of nature - nature has the innate ability to heal.
 
Identify and treat the cause - there is always an underlying cause, be it
    physical, mental or emotional.
 
Do no harm - a Naturopath will never use treatments that may create other
    conditions
 
Treat the whole person - when preparing a treatment plan, all aspects of a
    personís being are taken into consideration.
The physician as teacher - The naturopath encourages the patient to take
  responsibility for their own health by empowering them with information and techniques that will enhance their health status and prevent ill health into the future.
Prevention is better than cure - a Naturopath will advise the client on how to
  modify their diet and lifestyle so they can avert future illness and enjoy an overall sense of well-being.
What does a naturopathy session involve?

On your first visit to the Naturopath, Anne Hughes, a detailed assessment is carried out. All aspects of the person are taken into consideration including past and present medical history, prescribed medication, lifestyle, diet and emotional factors. Anne will also utilise other traditional diagnostic skills, including tongue and pulse diagnosis. Nutrition and lifestyle advice form part of the meetings, whilst acupuncture and/or herbal medicine are also available if requested.

Education forms part of the process so that you are encouraged to become more aware of your health and your body's functioning, thus empowering you to take responsibility for your own well-being.

The first visit is 60 to 90 minutes, (depending on whether herbal medicine or acupuncture is required) and follow up visits will be for 30 to 60 minutes.

Contact details

Anneís phone number is 087 624 9555. Call Anne for a no-obligation chat about how herbal medicine, can help yourself your family or friends. Alternatively Anne can be contacted by e-mail at annehughes@live.ie.

Further details of her holistic practice are available at Anneís website; well-being-dublin.com and her facebook page; facebook.com/WellBeingDublin.

 

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