Nutritional therapy at Twickenham therapy clinic
Modern nutritional therapy evolved from traditional medicine and wortcraft, in
which foodstuffs and herbs are used to treat ailments using their medicinal
properties. Eating garlic, chicken soup, liver and ginger are just a few of
many hundreds of traditional ways to cure illnesses from fungal infections
to glaucoma, but it wasn't until the 18th century that we understood why these
methods worked and were able to apply these principles to find other cures.
Scientists started to discover the benefits of certain foods, beginning with
the use of limes to treat scurvy in 1747, until the discovery of vitamins
in the 1920s gave the science a major boost and created modern nutrition.
Based on our new understanding of vitamins, the way they interact with
each other and natural body chemistry, scientists were able to create new
nutrition-based treatments for everyday illnesses without the use of pharmaceutical
Nutrition became a major strand in the scientific push to improve
flagging public health following the first and second world wars, which
led to the scientific development of hundreds of new types of nutrition
therapy to treat a wide range of illnesses. Treatments that we are constantly
improving and building upon in the present day.
What can it treat?
Nutritional therapy is used to treat a huge variety of illnesses, particularly
gastrointestinal illnesses such as constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion
and irritable bowel syndrome, but also things like eating disorders, allergies
and skin conditions. Nutritional therapy uses a person's diet to try and
correct imbalances in their body caused by the lack of certain nutrients
and too much of others that can lead to illness.
Each therapy is deeply
personalised to each person and takes into account many factors such as
lifestyle, genotype, physical condition and characteristics and several
others. Nutritional therapy is a recognised complementary therapy, and is
often also used to help support the treatment of other conditions with the
cooperation of doctors and physicians.
What to expect during a treatment
Our nutritionists work with you to help identify potential positive lifestyle
changes, without food guilt or judgement. Initial treatments will attempt
to identify potential causes of ill health or just areas of your life and
diet that could do with intervention, and we'll build up a nutritional plan
based on what we identify.
This can involve everything from genetic investigation
to simple physical checks that will show where you're doing well, and where
you can improve.
Please contact the clinic.