The gastrointestinal tract is integral to the function of every other organ and system in the body, as its purpose is to metabolise, absorb and assimilate vital nutrients. Without it, the body would no longer function.
Therefore, healthy digestion begins in the mouth and ends in the colon and any sub-optimal functioning that happens along the way can cause a flow on effect, developing into symptoms or conditions such as:
Bloating, Pain, Cramping
Constipation or Diarrhea
Weight Loss or Gain
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
When consulting with a client, especially one with chronic health concerns, a naturopath will always ask about digestive function to gauge its level of involvement within the presenting complaint. Often, initial treatment is focused at least partly on the gut.
Disorders of female and male reproduction are commonly seen in Naturopathic clinics as we have numerous tools that have been shown to improve reproductive health and reduce symptoms. Commonly seen conditions and symptoms are:
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Amenorrhoea (Absence of periods)
Painful and/or heavy periods
Weight Loss or Gain
Benign prostatic hyperplasia
Traditionally naturopaths interpreted chronic skin conditions as representation of inner disharmony where the body is struggling to clear a buildup of toxins. Whilst this is still an element addressed by many modern naturopaths we now understand that there is a wide range of pathophysiological processes and causes linked to skin problems such as immune dysregulation, gut dysfunction, stress and inflammation. Some conditions that are successfully treated are:
Eczema or Dermatitis
The term stress is defined by any demand placed on the body, be it positive or negative. In modern society it is distress that is experienced often and refers to a situation or event that challenges a person’s ability to cope or adjust. This ongoing distress changes the way the body adapts to its internal and external environment making it hard for the body to return to its normal homeostasis; in turn causing the bodies systems and organs to work harder.
Many people who are stressed are unable to identify exactly what is causing them stress and it is often a combination of events that build up on top of each other. Typically clients will present with symptoms such as:
Insomnia or interrupted sleep
Irritability or mood swings
This term refers to the integration of the skeletal and muscular systems of the body which with the assistance of the nervous system maintains body posture and enables a range of body movements and functions. Naturopaths recognise that the wellbeing of this system is important for good health and quality of life and often work in conjunction with manual therapists such as remedial massage therapists, osteopaths and chiropractors to ensure optimal health.
Some conditions and symptoms that Naturopaths can assist with are:
Osteoarthritis or Osteoporosis
All three professionals are trained to assist you in evaluating your nutritional status and helping you increase your overall well being. Nutritionists, Naturopaths and dietitians focus on finding and tailoring individual solutions to your health problems through diet and lifestyle choices along with educating clients on food choices and ingredients.
Naturopaths have the ability to use herbal medicine on top of nutritional support to assist you on your health journey which can make them a more versatile practitioner, depending on your health concern.
Supplements found in supermarkets and pharmacies are often not sourced from reputable sources and can therefore be of poor quality. This means that they often don’t contain enough of the nutrient or herb to make a positive difference or they are the wrong form of nutrient having a detrimental effect on the body.
Supplements prescribed by practitioners, called Practitioner Only products contain the best quality nutrients and herbs available, therefore are absorbed efficiently by the body and able to perform the role required.
That completely depends on the individual. Some people only require 2-3 consults, whereas others may need a lot more. The severity of your condition and the commitment you make to change will determine the amount of consults required.
My aim is to get you better not to keep seeing you as a client, so the more we can work together to reach your health goals the less consults needed.
Not at all, anyone can book in to see a Naturopath for their health concern.
No, Naturopathy is not part of the Medicare system.
An initial consultation is for 1.5 hours which allows me to take a complete health history and address your presenting complaint. I ask you a lot of questions in order to determine what the underlying cause of your symptoms are.
A follow up consult can last anywhere from 30-45 minutes depending on what we need to cover.
No, as Naturopathy focuses mainly on nutritional and herbal medicine there is little pain involved except for some interesting, not-so-tasty herbal formulas. In relation to lifestyle advice, there may be some adjustment experienced if your body needs to get moving more and exercise is prescribed.
I do require 24 hours’ notice of any appointment cancellations. Of course, personal circumstances will be taken into account and if I am able to fill your appointment spot with another client, no fee will be charged.