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naturopathyA Naturopath’s role as a primary healthcare professional is to diagnose and then treat the cause of human illness utilizing only effective and safe natural health care methods. Naturopathic medicine is totally drugless and non surgical. Naturopathy is “wholistic” which means the naturopath treats the person as a whole rather than like a specialist who only looks at one specific area.

Time honoured natural treatment methods like western herbal medicine, homeopathic  medicine,  vitamin and mineral supplementation, dietary therapy, body work and therapeutic massage, therapeutic exercise  and positive lifestyle advice are typically used.

Diagnosis is via standard pathology testing and thorough history taking . Many Naturopaths may also run nutritional tests, salivary hormone tests and hair analysis and iridology(careful examination of the iris of the eye) to give them insight into the cause of persons condition. Once the initial complaint is addressed, Naturopathy is concerned with helping patients maintain this newly acquired health for life through regular Naturopathic assessment and care.

How does naturopathy work?
Obviously any system of medicine is complex and can’t be fully explained in a few sentences but I’ll try to bring the basics to the fore.  Naturopathic theory dictates that the human body has the ability to heal itself ( vitalism) if it is supplied with the correct environment and the basic ingredients that can build new healthy cells. This is based on the age old doctrine of “vis medicatrix naturae” – only nature can heal from Hippocractic times.

Naturopathic medicine is based on treating the cause of an illness and aims to treat the body as a whole. The dis-ease or illness or pain the patient presents with may have a singular cause but often has many different causes.

The causes may be chemical, structural or even emotional. The aim of the Naturopaths job is to discover the root cause/s of the illness and then remedy the situation by removing the cause eg. poor lifestyle or dietary choices, reducing acidity, removing toxicity from the body and improving upon musculo-skeletal  disturbances. Improving on nutritional deficiencies  by adding in nutritional or herbal supplements, improving diet,  improving exercise and the list goes on.

This then frees up the body’s inbuilt ability to heal itself by rebuilding itself with better cells- cell by cell.

Appointments

Monday 9am till 12:45pm and 2:30pm till 7:30pm
Tuesday 9am till 12:45pm
Wednesday 9am till 12:45pm and 2:30pm till 7:30pm
Thursday 9am till 12:45pm and 2:30pm till 7:30pm
Friday 9am till 12:45pm

Tuesday 2:00pm to 6:45pm
Friday 3pm till 6:45pm.

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naturopathyA Naturopath’s role as a primary healthcare professional is to diagnose and then treat the cause of human illness utilizing only effective and safe natural health care methods. Naturopathic medicine is totally drugless and non surgical. Naturopathy is “wholistic” which means the naturopath treats the person as a whole rather than like a specialist who only looks at one specific area.

Time honoured natural treatment methods like western herbal medicine, homeopathic  medicine,  vitamin and mineral supplementation, dietary therapy, body work and therapeutic massage, therapeutic exercise  and positive lifestyle advice are typically used.

Diagnosis is via standard pathology testing and thorough history taking . Many Naturopaths may also run nutritional tests, salivary hormone tests and hair analysis and iridology(careful examination of the iris of the eye) to give them insight into the cause of persons condition. Once the initial complaint is addressed, Naturopathy is concerned with helping patients maintain this newly acquired health for life through regular Naturopathic assessment and care.

How does naturopathy work?
Obviously any system of medicine is complex and can’t be fully explained in a few sentences but I’ll try to bring the basics to the fore.  Naturopathic theory dictates that the human body has the ability to heal itself ( vitalism) if it is supplied with the correct environment and the basic ingredients that can build new healthy cells. This is based on the age old doctrine of “vis medicatrix naturae” – only nature can heal from Hippocractic times.

Naturopathic medicine is based on treating the cause of an illness and aims to treat the body as a whole. The dis-ease or illness or pain the patient presents with may have a singular cause but often has many different causes.

The causes may be chemical, structural or even emotional. The aim of the Naturopaths job is to discover the root cause/s of the illness and then remedy the situation by removing the cause eg. poor lifestyle or dietary choices, reducing acidity, removing toxicity from the body and improving upon musculo-skeletal  disturbances. Improving on nutritional deficiencies  by adding in nutritional or herbal supplements, improving diet,  improving exercise and the list goes on.

This then frees up the body’s inbuilt ability to heal itself by rebuilding itself with better cells- cell by cell.




Personalised Approach

Everyone is different, the reason you have a particular health concern is not necessarily the reason someone else has that same condition. Because of this I take an individual and tailored approach to your care plan. Your care plan may include many Naturopathic approaches including :- positive lifestyle changes like making dietary changes, therapeutic exercise , sleep hygiene and stress reduction techniques. Balancing hormones, improving gut health, supporting adrenal function, and addressing nutritional deficiencies. Organising pathology testing, reading current tests that you may already have...and the list goes on, depending on your individual needs and situation. This is definitely not a cookie cutter approach.

I may even need to concurrently refer you to another healthcare professional for specific advice.

If required you will also receive pathology request forms via post or email, and pathology kits via post. These typically may include saliva testing for hormones, nutritional deficiency testing, hair mineral analysis, food sensitivity testing, complete digestive stool analysis to test lower gut function and range of other standard and functional tests. Please note tests are an extra cost, you will pay for these tests via the lab running the tests and its entirely your choice. Reports will be sent to me and we will then discuss the findings. And then additions to your initial appointment recommendations can be made with this new information.