"The only impossible journey is the one you never begin."
Naturopathy is the use of a combination of nutritional medicine, dietary advice, herbal medicine and lifestyle change to achieve specific health goals. As a Naturopath, I employ the art of comprehensive case taking in combination with pathology testing to address symptoms by treating the root cause of disease. I use a combination of motivational coaching, mindfulness techniques and accountability mentoring with evidence based prescriptions to improve your health. A comprehensive health appraisal helps identify the factors driving your ill health.
Imbalances in health may be caused by toxicity in the environment, biochemical imbalances, genetics, dehydration, poor nutrition, high pesticide burden in the body, heavy metals, poor gut health, imbalances of good and bad gut bacteria, inflammation, high stress and electromagnetic fields. A Naturopathic practitoner aims to identify the cause and problem solve to reverse these factors for long lasting wellness.
The use of highly effective, physiological dosing of practitioner only products helps you achieve your health goals faster. This allows you to live a healthier, happier life.
Sometimes, a referral to another health practitioner is warranted. When this occurs, I will recommend who I believe is the best person for the case. A referral may be to your GP, a chiropractor, a massage therapist, to a meditation course or for psychotherapy.
Traditional medicine and randomised clinical trials have proven the efficacy of certain herbs in certain health conditions. For example, a Cochrane Systematic review of clinical trials has found St John's Wort to be as effective as antidepressant medication and superior to placebo for the treatment of major depression. There is also great evidence for Saffron in the use of depression and many different herbal medicines for many different health conditions. Unfortunately, not all herbs have been proven as effective, in spite of traditional evidence stating so, and some herbs should not be used in pregnancy or in combination with certain medications. This is when seeing an evidence based practitioner pays off, as I have spent many hours reviewing the evidence for different health conditions, before using them on my clients. This way, we take the guess work out of it and use a more proven strategy.