What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a system of medicine that can help enhance the body’s ability to heal naturally. Each person is viewed not as a set of symptoms, but as a whole interconnected and unique organism influenced strongly by environment, emotion, food intake and daily activities. Naturopathy provides holistic individualised care taking into account all aspects that may affect a person’s health or sense of wellbeing. The naturopathic practitioners’ role is to assist the patient to find the underlying cause of illness or dis-ease and determine the appropriate environment, lifestyle, dietary, nutritional and herbal medicines that will promote recovery and long term health.
Integrative naturopathic practitioners are trained not only in naturopathic philosophy, but also in biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, laboratory and clinical diagnostics, pathology, herbal medicine, functional medicine, nutrition, counselling, research and body work. Naturopaths have knowledge of the traditional and empirical uses of herbs and natural medicines, the scientifically qualified uses of these treatments and their safety alongside conventional medical treatments.
Naturopathy is a complementary medicine practise rather than an alternative medicine practise, meaning that it is well placed to support the modern patient through their healing journey working alongside other systems of medicine or therapy they may already be undertaking.
What can Naturopathy help with?
Naturopathy is suitable for a range of acute and chronic health concerns including:
- Gut issues, bloating and digestive problems
- Autoimmune conditions
- Thyroid problems
- Poor immune resilience
- Mood disorders
- Brain fog
- PMS/PMT and period issues
- Hormonal issues
- Toxins and detoxification
- Skin issues such as acne, eczema and psoriasis
- Joint and muscle aches and pains
What happens in a consultation?
Your first consultation is about diagnosis and discovery. Anne-Marie will ask questions relevant to your health concerns and your overall wellbeing aiming to piece together the story that your body is giving in the form of symptoms. If you have any recent test results, or referrals from allied health practitioners, these will also be considered carefully.
Some basic examinations may be relevant such as weight, waist, blood pressure, tongue and fingernail analysis. Testing options to determine underlying causes, assess function and nutritional status will be discussed with you. This may include where relevant blood tests, salivary or urinary hormone profiles, stool testing, genetic testing, toxic elements, metabolic profiling, allergy tests etc. Anne-Marie is also happy to collaborate and refer to your GP or allied health professionals if that is the best option for you.
By the end of the appointment you will have an idea of what may be happening in your body, what can be done about it, and an action plan to get on the road to optimal health. Anne-Marie will also discuss treatment options including food as medicine, lifestyle changes, herbal medicines and practitioner quality nutritionals that may assist you with feeling better while the underlying causes are being addressed.