Nutritional Therapy and Medical Herbalism
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health and peak performance. Registered Nutritional Therapists use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. Nutritional Therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.
Practitioners consider each individual to be unique and recommend personalised nutrition and lifestyle programmes rather than a ‘one size fits all’ or 'cook book' (excuse the pun!) approach. Practitioners never recommend nutritional therapy as a replacement for medical advice and always refer any client with ‘red flag’ signs or symptoms to their medical professional. They will also frequently work alongside a medical professional and communicate with other healthcare professionals involved in the client’s care to explain any nutritional therapy programme that has been provided.
Herbal medicine is the traditional medicine of all cultures and remains a widely used system in the world today.
Herbal medicine is being increasingly validated as modern science seeks to understand the chemistry of medicinal herbs and to confirm their safety and efficacy in clinical trials.