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Natural Remedies

What is the definition of a natural remedy?

Natural remedies is the collective term given to a broad assortment of natural health products and natural health treatments used to help with a whole host of health conditions, in both humans and animals.

Are natural remedies new?

Natural remedies have been used since the beginning of time, where the seeds, flowers, bark, tubers and leaves of local plants, as well as other natural elements were selected, "processed" and either applied externally or taken internally to help with the health ailment being presented.

Many a person would have suffered from the ingestion of some of these natural remedies, until certainty of the formula or combination was ascertained and it could be confidently recommended to positively help with that affliction in the future.

Over time, people have become experts in their area of natural health and have specialised in their specific natural remedy, passing on their expertise to both patient and colleague alike. Natural remedies play an important part in many people's lives and offer an alternative to many pharmacy medicines or treatments.

Do natural remedies suit everyone?

Different natural remedies suit different people. Because we are all so individual and the way our body operates is different to other peoples, a natural remedy that suits one person, may not necessarily suit another. As well as this, some health conditions are better treated with a particular natural remedy than another.

Examples of natural remedies

Some of the most common natural remedies used these days include:

Herbal remedies, homeopathic, homeobotanical, nutritional, Bach flower, tissue salts and aromatherapy.

Using natural remedies for health problems

Some common health conditions that can respond well to natural remedies include women's health problems, children's health problems, skin problems, digestive problems and immune problems.

Natural remedies for women's health

Include those that can help with thrush, hormonal imbalances, menopausefatigue and depression. Some natural remedies can also help with better weight control.

Natural remedies that can help with children

Include those that can help with eczema, cold or flu symptoms, tummy problems, better sleeping patterns and helping to provide a child's essential daily nutrients.

Natural remedies that can help with skin problems

Include a detox formula or pack to help with better daily elimination, probiotics and essential fatty acids for a healthier digestive system and cellular health, as well as 100% natural skin care products, with many that target skin problems specifically, while also being friendly to our environment.

Natural remedies that can help with digestive problems

Include help for constipation and diarrhoea, natural creams and suppositories for hemorrhoids, probiotics for a healthier digestive system and digestive enzymes to top up those that your body can't make or is not efficient at making in adequate amounts.

Natural remedies to help with immunity

Include those used after glandular fever, with repetitive colds or the flu or for those who get recurrent viral attacks such as with cold sores or shingles. Natural remedies can help to build up deficient white blood cells, as well as help strengthen the immune system so that it can respond faster when invaded helping to shorten the duration of the ailment.


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The Naturopathic Team
Ideal Health

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