Herbal medicine is the oldest kind of therapy practiced by mankind. It uses plant materials (leaves, berries, roots, barks...) that can be combined in the form of infusions, tinctures or powders, to address the individual's complaints. Western herbal medicine mainly uses herbs native to Europe, but also taps into the North American, Ayurvedic and Chinese herbal traditions. Each herb has a unique energetic profile (e.g., temperature, moisture...), which is matched to the person's constitution, to re-establish balance in the body, mind and spirit.
Iridology is a diagnostic tool that examines and interprets the iris, the coloured portion of the eye. Iris structure is unique to the individual and its observation offers a method to assess the individual's unique needs. The iridologist looks for how the filaments of the iris are distributed, to form different structures and patterns. Pigments also give an indication of what might need addressing. Iridology assesses the body's weaknesses, but most importantly, its strengths and potentials to improve wellbeing.
The principles of Naturopathy, or Nature Cure, were first applied by Hippocrates around 400BC. The naturopath investigates the root causes of the body's imbalances and encourages the body's innate ability to heal itself. The person is considered as a whole, with their physical, psychological and spiritual components. An eclectic approach, with lifestyle and dietary advice, hydrotherapy, Bach Flowers, Tissue Salts or other suitable remedies may be recommended, according to the person's specific needs.