What is Naturopathy?

 

jars of herbal tea used by naturopaths

 

About naturopathy

Naturopathy is a type of natural medicine that uses remedies, such as herbal and nutritional supplements, diet, and lifestyle advice.  The aim of these remedies is to optimise the natural healing processes of the body.  Naturopathy uses a holistic approach, that is, naturopaths consider how different body systems interact with each other.  They work to heal, and to educate, empower, and motivate clients to help them take control of their health.

You can read more about naturopathy in my blog ‘What does a naturopath do?

 

Naturopathy aims to find long-term solutions by targeting the cause of the problem.  Naturopaths do not just relieve symptoms.

 

Naturopathic Consultations

An initial naturopathic consultation will take about 60 minutes.  This allows time for you to tell your health story, and to ensure that you are listened to and understood.  You will be asked about your current, past and family health history, as well as your diet and lifestyle.  Additionally, physical examinations may be performed.  These include blood pressure, tongue and nail signs, zinc tally, and iridology.  You may also be referred for further investigations, e.g. blood tests.

All this information provides me with a complete overview of your health.  This then allows me to determine the underlying cause of your concern and to develop a treatment plan.  As a naturopathic consultation is a collaborative process, during the initial consultation, we will work together to establish your top health goals.

 

Treatment with a naturopath often takes more than one appointment and requires the patient to be willing to make changes to their diet and lifestyle.

 

Your second appointment will occur 1-2 weeks after your initial appointment.  During this appointment, I will explain my findings and present your treatment plan.

To monitor your progress and help you stay on track we will have several follow up appointments.  Initially, they will occur every 2-4 weeks.  However, as we progress they will become less frequent.  Although it is difficult to give an overall timeframe, in naturopathy we talk about allowing one month of healing for every year you have had a condition.

To learn more about the naturopathic consultations offered at Annie Barrett Naturopath click here.

 

Naturopathic Treatments

Naturopathic treatments include herbal and nutritional supplements, flower essences, as well as, changes to your diet and lifestyle habits.  Degree qualified naturopaths combine scientific evidence and traditional understanding when formulating treatment plans.

 

To suit each individual’s pace, changes will be realistic and sustainable.

 

As each individual is unique, you will be provided with a personalised treatment plan.  The health goals established in your initial consultations will form the basis of your treatment plan.  Your plan aims to provide you with the tools and education necessary for healing.

Additionally, naturopaths are trained to safely prescribe when a patient is taking medications prescribed by their doctor.

 

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