What is Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy?


Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food – Hippocrates, 400BC

Our body is made up of trillions of cells and each one of those cells need fundamental nutrients to survive, and our primary source of these nutrients is what we put in our mouths; food and liquid.

If we do not give our bodies the correct fuel to keep us motoring along, or expose it to too many unrecognisable substances (additives, drugs, processed food etc.) then it’s going to have problems. Diseases (dis-ease) can manifest themselves in lots of different ways; skin health, respiratory, muscular, hormonal… and these mainly only show themselves as a problem when they get to a critical point.

Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy can address these issues at this stage and help the body return to balance, but it is also about focusing on preventing these diseases from happening in the first place.

Naturopathy is a system that dates back to the Hippocratic School of Medicine around 400BC. The use of techniques such as exercise and massage are advised alongside nutritional advice. Knowledge of traditional Western folklore, herbalism and seasonal eating is incorporated into diagnosis and treatment, as well as principles from Ayurveda (Indian healing system) and the Chinese Five Elements philosophy.

Other complimentary therapies such as acupuncture, shiatsu and yoga work well alongside naturopathy to help integrate the mind, body & soul.

Penelope Barnett is a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist and has been working in health & wellbeing for over 10 years. She trained with the Nutritional Healing Foundation and currently practices in Bristol, UK.