Considered the”natural health physician”, a naturopath specialises in the provision of natural healthcare support for acute and chronic health conditions.
Naturopaths focus on two main areas: supporting the body’s ability to “self-heal” and empowering people to make the necessary lifestyle changes to attain optimal health.
Why use a Naturopath?
In today’s world of seemingly ever-increasing threats to our health and a diminishing faith in the chemical and surgical solutions offered to us, many people are choosing to return to common sense and historical treatment options that have stood the test of time. An increasing number of studies are proving the worth of these treatments, and validating their safety.
The philosophy of naturopathy is different from conventional medicine.
Conventional (allopathic) medicine excels at emergency medicine and symptom management. The strength of naturopathic medicine is its focus on identifying the underlying cause of the condition and helping the client to change those conditions. Whereas conventional medicine relies heavily on pharmaceutical drugs, naturopathy relies primarily on diet, lifestyle, and natural products (e.g. vitamins, herbs) as treatment interventions.
Naturopathy can be seen as a natural approach to health and health care, incorporating a number of elements or therapies which would be useful to stimulate the body’s various systems and restore it to a state of equilibrium, often restoring health where other options have failed. This is because the individual is seen as a whole, not merely the sum of the parts. Thus connections between dysfunctions in one area and symptoms in another are made and treated.
Naturopathic management strategies aim to restore health, not merely reduce symptoms.
Strategies to free the body of toxins and rectify other imbalances which interfere with its functions, causing ill-health, disease and general malaise using a number of therapies, such as herbal remedies, nutrition and recommendations to make imporant lifestyle changes are common.. Your naturopath will support you along this journey.
What to expect
A typical first consultation with a qualified naturopath is very in-depth, and usually lasts about 90 minutes (less for acute conditions). You can expect this consultation to include taking a thorough health history, asking about your diet, lifestyle, stress, and environmental risks. Next, the naturopath may do a physical examination (depending on your presenting problems) and you may require laboratory tests – either ion clinic, at your local community laboratory or specialised tests, to examine your digestive process for example. See our testing page for more information on the kinds of tests we offer.
Subsequent visits may vary, buy are typically half an hour.
There may be occasions when you will be referred to a doctor or other health professional if it is deemed appropriate.