Naturopathy FAQs

Read more about the naturopathy philosophy

Who is naturopathy for?

Naturopathic care is excellent treatment for acute and chronic conditions affecting people of all ages, from babies and children to the elderly and everyone in between.

Where do GP treatment and pharmaceuticals fit?

Naturopathy can also be used in conjunction with medical care where necessary. One of the many important naturopathic aims is to educate, empower and support you so that you can take a more active role in your own health care.

By helping you adopt a healthy attitude and diet, you are guided to build a lifestyle that supports you and your family’s health and wellbeing.

That’s not to say that pharmaceuticals don’t sometimes have a role to play – they can and do. But frequently they only treat the symptoms.

For example blood pressure (hypertension) medication manipulates the body into dilating your arteries and in so doing drops the pressure your arteries are put under. Which is fine, but if you stop taking the medication, the problem returns, as does your risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney disease.

Naturopathy seeks to treat the whole person, not just the body part or system that’s under/over-performing.

What can I expect from an initial naturopathic consultation?

The initial consultation usually requires one hour. When the appointment is made, you’ll be sent a questionnaire covering personal and family health history and concerns – to be completed (and returned) before the consultation.

This then allows more time to discuss your health issues and treatment plans face-to-face and you have plenty of time ask any questions you may have.

What if I’m really unwell; is the initial consultation still an hour long?
No. An exception for the long initial consultation is made for acutely sick new clients who require a short visit for e.g. tonsillitis – when the last thing you need is to discuss how you are feeling for a whole hour!

What treatments are used?
After your initial consultation, you’ll be put onto a treatment plan. That often involves being prescribed nutritional supplements, herbal medicine (liquid, tablets, capsules or powders), along with dietary changes and lifestyle management.

The long term goal, however, is for you to minimise use of any extras – be it supplements or herbs – and focus on getting your nutritional and lifestyle choices right.

How often will I need to visit and for how long?
For chronic conditions and wellbeing programs, follow-up consultations are typically scheduled initially for 1-2 weeks, then between 3-4 weeks and then 3-6 monthly, depending on your individual case. This ensures your continue to receive appropriate and progressive treatment and you’re supported as you achieve your health goals.

Are telephone consultations available?
Yes. Telephone consultations are available up to six months between each face-to-face visit.

Are home visits available?
Yes. Home visit consultations are available for naturopathic consultations. Please contact me for further details.

Can you provide a letter of absence for work or school?
Yes. Certificates covering illness-related absences from work or school, are available after a face-to-face consultation.

Can I pick up more of my prescribed vitamins or herbs between visits?
Yes. Prescriptions are valid for six months from your consultation. Simply call and arrange for a pick-up time. Delivery may also be available in your area.

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