What is a Naturopath?
A Naturopath follows traditional Naturopathic Principles:
The Healing Power of Nature (vis medicatrix naturae)
A naturopath works under the premise that the body has the capacity to heal itself when given the right conditions.
Treat the whole Person (tolle totum)
Naturopaths treat holistically (viewing the whole rather than specific parts). They recognise that disease has different causes in different people and is caused by a unique combination of factors (physiological, emotional, psychological, environmental, social, biochemical). Therefore the treatment approach is are different in each person and treatment is tailored to you.
Identify and Treat the Cause (primum non nocere)
By taking all these factors into consideration, the Naturopath aims to treat the cause of the problem, not just the symptoms alone.
Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
Naturopaths 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 itself to homeostasis / health.
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.
First do no Harm (primum non nocere)
A naturopath chooses the most
gentle and noninvasive treatments to achieve the desired outcome for each individual patient.
Naturopathic Practitioner as Teacher (docere)
A naturopath works collaboratively with the patient to realise their health goals. This is achieved by education, motivation and support. You are an active member in the process.
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.
Digestive Complaints - Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), bloating, constipation, food intolerances, diarrhoea, heartburn, microbiome preservation.
Female Reproductive Conditions - menstrual problems, menopause, endometriosis, heavy bleeding, cycle irregularity, PCOS.
Preconception and Pregnancy Health Care - including fertility charting.
Nervous System Conditions - anxiety, mild to moderate depression, insomnia, headaches and migraines.
Immune Disorders - cold & flu, recurrent infections, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, glandular fever and post-viral fatigue.
Skin Complaints - eczema, psoriasis, acne, hives.
Respiratory Conditions - cold & flu, asthma, hay fever, sinusitis.
Blood Glucose Dysregulation - insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, diabetes prevention.
Cardiovascular Health - high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease prevention.
Children’s Health Care
Genitourinary Complaints - urinary tract infections, thrush.
Men's Health & Prostate Conditions
Musculoskeletal Complaints - arthritis, fibromyalgia.
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.