What Naturopathy Medicine Really Is
I joined The Rock Spa in September 2016 and I am so excited to build my Naturopathic practice in such a beautiful, tranquil and amazing location.
I joined The Rock Spa in September 2016 and I am so excited to build my Naturopathic practice in such a beautiful, tranquil and amazing location. In addition to being a Naturopathic Doctor, I have my Masters degree in Medical Ethnobotany (which is the study of the traditional methods using plants as medicine). I am a Buteyko Breathing Educator and am teaching Buteyko Breathing Classes here at The Rock Spa.
There are six principles of Naturopathic Medicine and the services at The Rock Spa embody them all.
First, Do No Harm (Primum non nocere)
The focus of The Rock Spa is healing through salt, water and breath. These are gentle therapies that work at restoring hydration levels, electrolyte and mineral balance throughout the body as well as increasing oxygenation of tissues. This combination is a gentle approach which allows the body to recharge and begin healing at a deep level.
The Healing Power of Nature (Vis medicatrix naturae)
Hydrotherapy was one of the original Naturopathic treatments. Hydrotherapy was brought to America by Dr. Benedict Lust (1872 – 1945) who is considered the father of American naturopathy. Dr. Lust contracted a severe case of tuberculosis that was not getting any better with conventional treatments but within a very short period of time of using hydrotherapy his health improved. He was so impressed with the results that he spread the word about ‘water cure.’
The Rock Spa combines the benefits of water cure in the form of floatation therapy. Here you get the added benefits of salt therapy as the water is combined with 1000 pounds of Epsom salts. Studies have shown that flotation therapy helps with relaxation, reduction of pain and an increase in healing time.
Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle causam)
Many causes of diseases today are related to: stress, which can be physical, mental or emotional; depletion of minerals and electrolytes due to changes in farming practices, depleted soils and a poor diet; and poor breathing patterns. Our breathing patterns change due to life events, stress, illness and many other triggers and these changes may be subconscious. Poor breathing patterns lead to poor oxygenation of tissues which have a profound effect on health.
The Rock Spa aims to correct these causes through: the salt cave and floatation therapy which provide relaxation and exposure to salt which re-mineralize the body; and Buteyko Breathing which corrects and restores the body to healthy breathing patterns. This oxygenates the body and promotes health and wellbeing.
Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
I enjoy healing-by-breathing educating my patients about their health and about simple changes they can make that promote health and feeling great. My goal is to teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine, by sharing knowledge with patients and encouraging individual responsibility for health.
Treat the Whole Person (Tolle totum)
I treat the whole person: body, mind and spirit. I provide an individualized approach which treats the whole person and addresses the underlying causes, such as diet, attitude, stress and or exercise or other possible factors. No two people are the same. Even though they may be suffering from the same disease and symptoms they will not have the same physical or psychological make-up. These treatments support, stimulate and mobilize each person’s self healing ability.
“An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” I assess risk factors to health and recommend appropriate naturopathic interventions in order to maintain health and prevent illness.
I offer FREE 15 minute meet and greet consults. Please call to book an appointment. I would love to meet with you and discuss how Naturopathic Medicine would be beneficial for you.
Dr. Simone Burke, N.D.