- Do you have hormonal problems such as an irregular cycle, PMS, infertility, menstrual pain or are you going through menopause?
- Do you struggle with stress, insomnia, anxiety or depression?
- Do you experience any arthritis, joint or muscle pain?
- Do you have recurrent bronchitis, colds or flus?
- Are you confused about which supplements to take, which oils or what type of carbs you should be eating?
- Just want to learn more about using food as medicine, balancing your diet and preventative medicine?
What is Naturopathy?
- Naturopathy describes an overall natural approach to well-being, based on the recognition of obstacles to health which are able to be reduced or removed in an effort to allow the body to heal and recover naturally.
- A Naturopath will work with you to understand these underlying causes to poor health and help you to adjust your lifestyle and to supplement appropriately in order to not only reduce symptoms but to promote better long-term health.
- There are many modalities within the field of Naturopathy, which all aim at helping you restore well-being and vitality so that you can enjoy life with optimal health and energy.
What does a Naturopathic consultation involve?
Naturopathy is an overall natural approach to well-being, the management of various conditions, and bringing the body back into balance.
While each practitioner may use different modalities depending on their area of expertise, all Naturopaths will focus on you as an individual, working with the basic goal of giving your body the opportunity to heal naturally. Modalities include nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and iridology.
- Nutrition – this can include dietary changes to restore balance, supplementation of vitamins, minerals, probiotics, essential fatty acids and amino acids to compensate for deficiency or imbalance, as well as the use of food as medicine
- Herbal Medicine – practitioners prescribe either custom made liquid herbs, tablets, capsules, teas, topical creams or ointments depending on your symptoms and the action of the herb/plant. For example, commonly prescribed herbs for stress include Chamomile, Ginseng, Passionflower, Skullcap, Lemon Balm, which would be taken at a dose of around 5ml 2-3 x daily diluted in water or juice, depending on the severity of your symptoms.
- Homeopathy – is a form of medicine based on the principle that like cures like. It is usually prescribed in the form of a very diluted remedy made from a substance that can cause a similar symptom picture.
- Iridology – based on the study of the various structures and pigmentation patterns within the iris (coloured part of the eye) and their reflection of general health and areas of potential weakness within the organ systems.
What can Naturopathy help you with?
Common conditions we see in clinic and may respond well to a Naturopathic approach are:
It has been estimated that on average, 1/4 of all Australians & New Zealanders will experience notable symptoms of anxiety during their lifetime. When anxiety interferes with our ability to enjoy life, relax or sleep well, natural therapies can provide some affordable and helpful options.
Current estimates suggest that up to 33% of Australians/New Zealanders regularly have difficulty either getting to sleep or being able to stay asleep throughout the night. Episodic insomnia lasting less than a month is usually termed acute, and triggered by some form of stress, whereas chronic insomnia occurs once episodes of acute insomnia either re-occur or lengthen.
Our Naturopaths will typically prescribe herbal supplements during a consultation, to address your symptoms. Some common herbal supplements prescribed for mild anxiety and insomnia include Chamomile, Lemon Balm and Passionflower. Additionally, there are many excellent vitamins and mineral supplements such as B Complex Vitamins and Magnesium which can help reduce anxiety, and Magnesium, Calcium and Potassium which are usually imbalanced in cases of insomnia.
Maintaining healthy hormonal balance is not always easy, with up to 30% of women finding that their PMS symptoms have a significant impact on their lives and that a staggering 10% of women reporting their symptoms as severe. Common associated symptoms can also include – anxiety, food cravings (usually salty, fatty or sugary foods), depression, hyper hydration (fluid retention) and lowered pain threshold.
Women experience hormonal cycles usually starting with their first period (menarche) in their early teens, and in many cases the only interruption is pregnancy before menopause, which usually occurs sometime between the ages of 45-55.
Reproductive health and hormonal balance may reflect a woman’s overall state of health and may be influenced by many factors – with stress, genetics, underlying autoimmunity, diet, nutrient deficiencies and sluggish liver function all leaving their mark on the ability to maintain optimal hormonal balance each and every month.
A Naturopathic approach will look your individual hormonal symptoms and supplement any major deficiencies (especially B6, magnesium, potassium and zinc), which may help balance levels of Oestrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone.
Herbal medicine may also provide gentle and effective options, that can be tailored to your individual needs. Common herbs used in hormonal formulas include – St Johns, Chaste Tree (Vitex), Lemon Balm and Dandelion. Herbal medicine may also be beneficial for many reproductive disorders, including PCOS, fibroids, irregular cycles and endometriosis; all of which may impact fertility.
Naturopathy may also be able to assist you with:
See if Naturopathy can help you!
Want to know if Naturopathy is right for you? Get in touch!
Send our practitioners a question using our Ask a Practitioner service, and you’ll get a call-back or reply straight to your email inbox.
Call our Head Office on 1300 853 023 9am-5pm EST Monday-Saturday
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Initial Consultation: $135 AUD / $135 NZD
Follow-up Consultations: $70 AUD / $70 NZD
All sessions can be claimed through Private Health Insurance, under Naturopathy.
We have HICAPS terminals in each of our clinics, so can process your claim on the spot (except HCF), and you will only be charged the gap amount. Please consult your individual health fund for the exact rebate amount you will receive, as it varies widely.