Naturopathic medicine offers a holistic approach to health care that assesses each person as an individual.
As a naturopath, I can really spend the time with you to gain a comprehensive understanding of you and your health concerns. I will often gather many snippets of information you give me and piece them together, allowing patterns and conditions to emerge so that a treatment plan can be tailored specific to your needs.
There are many valued tools that I may utilise to help you restore and maintain optimal health. These include food as medicine, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine and lifestyle suggestions.
Some of the conditions naturopathy can assist with include:
- Arthritic conditions
- Back pain
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Depression and anxiety
- Digestive complaints such as irritable bowel syndrome
- Reflux and heartburn
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Menstrual and menopausal problems
- Skin conditions
You don’t need to be unwell to visit.
Even if you are healthy, I can help you determine any areas that might need improvement to allow you to maintain your good health.
The six principles that underpin the foundation of naturopathic medicine are:
The healing power of nature
The human body has a powerful and innate ability to establish, maintain and restore health. It is the naturopath’s role to support and facilitate this process by identifying and removing obstacles to health and recovery and by supporting the creation of a healthy internal and external environment.
Practitioner as teacher
A major role of the practitioner is to educate, motivate and empower the patient to be responsible for his or her own health. It is the patient, not the practitioner who ultimately creates or accomplishes healing.
First do no harm
Symptoms are an expression of the body’s life force attempting to heal itself. Wherever possible, the suppression of symptoms is avoided so as not to interfere with the healing process. Therapeutic treatment should utilise methods and medicinal substances which minimise the risk of harmful effects.
Identify and treat the cause
Illness does not occur without cause. This may be any combination of physical, mental, emotional or environmental factors. The underlying cause of illness and disease must be identified and removed before recovery can occur. The naturopath seeks to treat the causes of disease, rather than merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
Treat the whole person
Health and disease result from a complex of physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors. Naturopathic physicians treat the whole person by taking all of these factors into account.
The primary goal of naturopathic medicine is the prevention of disease and the attainment of optimal health. This is achieved through education and the promotion of healthy lifestyle habits. The practitioner assesses risk factors and susceptibility to disease and makes appropriate interventions to prevent illness and encourage an environment where the patient can thrive.