What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathy (also known as naturopathic medicine or natural medicine) is an alternative medical system that focuses on natural remedies and your body’s vital ability to heal and maintain itself.

Naturopathic philosophy favours a holistic approach and minimal use of surgery and drugs.

Naturopaths deal with the cause and not the symptoms; we help support health issues naturally which helps support the whole person.

As part of the diagnostics tool during a consultation, Christina Martin DHNP, AIT, mIFM uses the five Chinese elements to determine the cause of ill health. This helps her prepare an individual health program centred on each individual case.

What does Naturopathy support?

Naturopathy encompasses a broad holistic philosophy, whereby the practitioner often educates as well as prescribes natural treatments (herbal medicines, nutritional supplements, homeopathies) that are individually tailored to strengthen, tonify and / or balance particular organs or systems of the body. Naturopathy is in particular effective for chronic (long-standing) symptoms.

The origins of naturopathy can be traced to ancient Greece, where the “Father of Modern Medicine”, Hippocrates, defined the human organism as a conglomeration of the body, mind and spirit intricately linked to the elements of the natural world. The human organism naturally possesses the ability to regenerate and self-heal, when provided with the correct conditions.

The focus on a diverse array of lifestyle factors provides an opportunity for the naturopath to look at the whole person, and the inter-relationships of various elements, rather than isolating a single factor, organ or disease. This expansive philosophy is a fundamental component of why a thorough case history is taken when you visit a naturopath,

The wholistic focus on lifestyle factors, also allows a naturopath to assess causes of symptoms that are outside of the physical realm. Stress, whether emotional, environmental, nutritional or medical is often seen as a significant contributor to the various biochemical imbalances that lead to a state of disease. Natural elements and therapies are used to remedy the imbalances.

With the above factors in mind,

Naturopathic treatment in particularly benefits the following conditions and states:

  • Digestive disorders
  • Nervous system imbalances resulting in anxiety, insomnia, stress, headaches
  • Musculoskeletal conditions e.g. osteo or rheumatoid-arthritis, muscle cramps
  • Weight loss
  • Allergies, sensitivities and immune disorders
  • Reproductive imbalances e.g. menopausal, menstrual, infertility and pre-conception care
  • Cardiovascular system – high cholesterol/ triglycerides/ homocysteine

What happens next?

The case history will allow the naturopath to make links and determine which course of action to take, in order to prepare the health programme. Many of us have many elements out of balance, however focus will be on the main element that you have come to see the naturopath about. For example if it’s IBS, then that is the element to focus on and prepare the basic report on.


The health programme may require you to take some supplements. The supplements recommended will be focused on your health issue and instructions will be provided to you on how to take them and when as part of the report. The supplements used are food state.


Support will be offered to you after your initial consultation. If you have a question or want something clarified you can email the naturopath who will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible (within an hour when possible).

How to take the first step towards improving your health

If you are struggling with a health issue that has not been addressed by conventional methods contact Christina Martin DHNP, AIT, mIFM on 020 8991 1490 to discuss your symptoms or to arrange an initial consultation.  Alternatively click here to book a consultation at one of Christina’s London clinics.