What is a Naturopath?
A Naturopath works under the premise that the body has the capacity to heal itself given the right conditions. Disease is caused by a unique combination of factors (including biochemical, environmental, social, physiological, emotional and psychological factors) which are different in each person. By taking all these factors into consideration, the Naturopath aims to treat the cause of the problem, not just the symptoms alone. They focus on health and wellness rather than on treating only the disease. By treating holistically and identifying and removing obstacles to the body's healing, it allows the body to return to homeostasis / health.
Part of the process of aiding the body to heal is to recognise areas of 'weakness' in the body and to support and strengthen these systems. For instance, if you get frequent infections, instead of only targeting the virus or bacteria and suppressing symptoms, we work with the body; for example, by enhancing immune system function to allow the body to fight the infection itself and to prevent further infections.
What Conditions can Naturopathy treat?
Because Naturopathy treats the cause of the condition, not just the symptoms alone, it can be applied to almost any health condition. A primary focus is not only on treating existing conditions but in maintaining health, achieving optimal wellness and preventing disease.
Blood Glucose Dysregulation - insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, diabetes prevention.
Cardiovascular Health - high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease prevention.
Children’s Health Care
Digestive Complaints - Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), bloating, constipation, food intolerances, diarrhoea, heartburn, microbiome restoration.
Female Reproductive Conditions - menstrual problems, menopause, endometriosis, heavy bleeding, cycle irregularity, PCOS.
Genitourinary Complaints - urinary tract infections, thrush.
Immune Disorders - cold & flu, recurrent infections, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, glandular fever and post-viral fatigue.
Men's Health & Prostate Conditions
Musculoskeletal Complaints - arthritis, fibromyalgia.
Nervous System Conditions - anxiety, mild to moderate depression, insomnia, headaches and migraines.
Preconception and Pregnancy Health Care - including fertility charting.
Respiratory Conditions - cold & flu, asthma, hay fever, sinusitis.
Skin Disorders - eczema, psoriasis, acne, hives.
Wellness & Disease Prevention
What to expect from a consultation?
The initial visit is a one hour consultation where a thorough case history is taken. This includes an exploration of current and past health conditions, as well as diet, lifestyle, stress and environmental factors.
A physical examination may be conducted using naturopathic analysis such as tongue and nail analysis. You may also be referred for clinical or laboratory tests.
A holistic treatment plan is designed using dietary recommendations and lifestyle modifications (exercise, sleep and relaxation practices). Herbal and nutritional supplements may also be prescribed. You are encouraged to be an active participant in the process and information will be given for you to manage and better understand your health condition.
Follow up consultations range from 30 to 60 minutes. This includes a review of current treatment and continued education and support.