What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a holistic art of healing which recognises the ability of the body to overcome disease. Treatments aim to support and assist the body to heal itself with the use of herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, homeopathy, and nutritional and lifestyle advice.
The practice of naturopathy is based on six key principles:
- Promote the healing power of nature.
Healing takes place with the use of natural remedies.
- First do no harm.
Naturopaths favor a treatment that will not cause harmful side effects, nor will it suppress symptoms.
- Treat the whole person. Practitioners believe a person’s health is affected by many factors, physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social. Practitioners consider all these factors when choosing therapies and tailor treatment to each individual.
- Treat the cause.
The naturopath will prioritize identification and treating the cause of the illness, rather than just treating symptoms.
By treating the cause, true healing occurs and symptoms subside naturally.
- Prevention is the best cure.
The naturopath will advise and encourage the patient on the best way to eat and live, to maintain health and prevent illness or disease.
- The physician as teacher.
The naturopath will educate the patient about their health condition and treatment plan – which will empower and allows the patients to take responsibility for their own health.
What does Naturopathy Treat?
Naturopathic medicine can treat a wide array of conditions, ranging from chronic illnesses, and acute conditions to mild annoyances. Here are some of the conditions that a naturopath can assist in treating and healing:
- Cardiovascular problems including hypertension
- Digestive complaints including constipation and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Skin conditions such as acne and eczema
- Colds and flu
- Headaches and migraines
- Infertility and pregnancy health
- Childhood illnesses – recurrent immune conditions, digestive complaints, assisting with improving behavior/concentration, sleep issues.
- Women’s reproductive issues – PMS, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), menstrual irregularities.
What can I Expect?
Your initial consultation will take approximately 45 mins to 1 hour, with a follow up consultations taking approximately 30 – 40 mins.
This time frame is necessary to gain as much information as possible about you as an individual.
Your naturopath will ask you comprehensive questioning about your body systems, family history and lifestyle.
The beauty of this health system, is that your treatment plan is individualised for YOU and you get time to ask questions and have things explained to you.
Your naturopath will use a variety of diagnosis techniques such as comprehensive questioning, iridology (iris analysis), tongue analysis, nail analysis and may order pathology testing if necessary.
Your naturopathic prescription may include herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, dietary planning and will always include some dietary advice, recipes and lifestyle advice.
You prescription will be ordered immediately after consultation and you will receive them in a couple of days.
How long will it take to work?
The time it takes to return to health depends greatly on the individual and the health condition.
Acute conditions such as the common cold and or skin complaints, can respond to treatment within a few days, whereas more chronic conditions may take 4-12 weeks to respond to treatment.
Chronic conditions will respond well to naturopathy due to the emphasis on treating the cause of the illness.
Packages have been put together for a specific time frame for you to feel benefits. Sometimes, depending on the severity of your condition, it may be required to continue to work together regularly to obtain wellness.
Hollie’s colour is brighter and her eyes brighter. Her body and hair looks healthier and she talks more positively about food. Hollies tummy definitely must feel better as she doesn’t complain anymore.
~ SM (H’s mum), Cabarita Beach
The health effect of working with Katie has been instant, with energy levels increasing, and new healthy lifestyle choices put into an attainable plan for me to follow.
~ M B, Northern NSW
Our whole family has attended Katie’s clinic.
Her knowledge is incredible and her approach is vibrant, caring and real.
Katie’s prescriptions have had both an immediate effect, and worked on the core problem – for long-term health. I highly recommend Katie!!
~ MK, Cabarita Beach
Katie has since informed me, through her comprehensive and educational consultations, on the systems within my body and their connections with each other.
I found Katie to be a warm, approachable and knowledgeable naturopath. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to find a natural solution to any health issues.
~ LK, Lennox Head
After seeing Katie, I have so much more energy and my mood has improved. I have learnt so much about how to eat well and how to look after myself and my family.
Katie has a great knowledge base – the distance consultation process is really handy for me.
~ Happy Client, Sydney