What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy is a holistic modality of medicine which recognises the ability of the body to overcome disease. Treatment focuses currative rather than symptom relief to stimulating the body’s own self healing processes from within the body to achieve optimal health that may have been compromised by lifestyle, genetic predisposition or dietary imbalances.

Diet and lifestyle and nutritional over/undersupply are altered to realign the body to vitality and good health.

Herbal medicines that have 1000 of years of medical use and now are being clinically trialed for modern clinical evidence; are efficient, healing and protective forms of treatment.

Homoeopathic and colloidal treatment for acute & constitutional cases.

Why See A Naturopath?

Today, humans are more exposed to toxic chemicals more than ever before and our bodies are not design to have accumulated exposure without ill effect.

The food we eat has been processed which means that nutrients are lost and replaced with chemicals! For optimal health we need nutritional support.

Stress and unhealthy lifestyle choices, alter the body’s internal processes; causing further toxicity and depletion of essential nutrients necessary for healthy tissue and organ function; with decreased digestive and eliminative processes.

Added to this equation is the use of pharmaceutical medications and/or social drugs; all of which have negative side effects, disrupting the body’s innate healing. This process over a lifetime leads to chronic illness.

It is no wonder that this modern world now has the highest form of Diabetes II, heart disease, cancer and depression in human history; despite mainstream medical practices. We need to reassess how we live our lives!!

Good news; it is and can be normal to get through winter without a cold, to sleep soundly and to wake feeling refreshed, to feel energized and happy and to glow from internal health and vitality. People go to the doctor when they are sick. Why not stay well more and treat the occasional sickness holistically

What Modalities Does A Naturopath Use?

Western herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine in society. The practitioner makes use of extracts and tinctures derived exclusively from plants. Herbal preparations are able to balance the whole body unlike pharmaceuticals, which only work on one specific system. Modern herbal medicine is safe and is constantly backed up by updated research.

Nutrition is the treatment of disorders using food as medicine. With the fast paced stressful lifestyle of our society, many of us are eating highly refined foods. This does not supply us with the nutrients we need to maintain good health. The naturopathic nutritionist uses fresh whole foods and supplements to re-establish an optimum nutritional status required for good health.

Homeopathy uses the principle of ‘like cures like’, for example when grandma used to say ‘to cool down on a hot day, have a cup of tea’. The substances used are prepared in a unique way so that they correct the patient’s vital force which balances their spiritual, emotional and physical levels. They are extremely safe and effective.

What Conditions Can A Naturopath Treat?

Naturopaths are trained in a variety of modalities and therefore able to treat a broad spectrum of illnesses or disease states that are either acute or chronic. Some conditions include:

  • Respiratory Conditions

  • Skin Conditions

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Colds & Flu

  • Infections

  • Gastrointestinal & Digestive Disturbances

  • Hormonal abnormalities such as menopausal symptoms

  • Allergies

Naturopathy also addresses everyday issues such as stress, fatigue, and weight loss, and the foundations of these problems. Naturopathy is also useful in treating issues that may involve first aid:

  • Bites & Sting

  • Burns

  • Sprains and strains

However, problems do not need to be specific for naturopathic treatment as treatments can cure an overall feeling of unwellness.

What To Expect At Your First Appointment

At your first appointment the naturopath will take an extensive case history to ascertaining your state of health, including any current symptoms you may be experiencing, medical history of illnesses, diet and lifestyle behaviours. Procedural diagnostic methods & tests are conducted; including iridology to determine the location and nature of the problem. Once this is achieved, the appropriate method of treatment will be selected to help rebalance any disruption that is occurring both within the internal and external self.

Iridology is the specific examination of patterns in the iris of the eye which locates areas and stages of inflammation throughout the body. The iris is composed of thousands of nerve endings which are connected to every tissue of the body through the brain and nervous system. Changes in the iris nerve fibers may reveal inherent strengths and weaknesses, health levels, and transitions that take place in a person’s body.

How Long Will It Take To Work?

Recovery time varies greatly depending on the individual and their condition. Acute symptoms such as skin conditions, colds or flu, can respond to treatment within days. Chronic complaints require more time for recovery due to their complexity and can take anywhere from 4-12 weeks to notice improvement. Chronic conditions ultimately respond very successfully to naturopathic treatment.