As a naturopathic practitioner I am able to utilise a wide variety of tools and resources to help you on your return to wellness journey. These tools include but are not limited to nutritional and herbal prescriptions, flower essences, dietary and lifestyle advice to name a few with the addition of relevant laboratory testing if appropriate.
In the development of each individualised treatment plan a holistic approach is vital. Nutritional medicine explores the interactions between both nutrition and environmental factors on human health. Nutrients are the building blocks for our physical self. We remain healthy when our body is supplied with the correct balance of foods, vitamins and minerals. Our ability to process foods, absorb nutrients and eliminate and detoxify waste products is dependant upon our nutrient status, gut health, environmental factors (such as exposure to toxic chemicals), immune function, poor sleep and psycho-social stressors. It is important to address underlying imbalances in order to allow the body to properly process and absorb these essential building blocks to life! Nutrition is such an important aspect in all medical conditions and as such correcting nutritional imbalances in a fundamental part preventing and treating many common illnesses.
Western Herbal Medicine
Western herbal medicine involves the use of plants and plant material to develop medicines that help prevent and/or treat illness. Some or all parts of the plants are used depending on the particular botanical, these include flowers, roots, leaves, bark and fruit. Western herbal medicine primarily focuses on the use of European and Native American herbs however herbs from other parts of the world are also used...for example Withania used in Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine) or Codonopsis used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The use of various herbal preparations is one of the oldest and widespread forms of medicine. Well known historical physicians including Hippocrates and Galen have been shown to have used herbal medicine as part of their practice.
"Nature itself is the best physician" - Hippocrates
In recent times, herbal medicine is the subject of increasing interest in the scientific literature with much research being carried out on hundreds of different herbs in the use use of a many and varied array of both chronic and acute disease states.
Herbal formulations can be used to support and improve digestive, circulatory, respiratory, immune, endocrine and nervous system functioning.
Flower Essence Therapy
Flower essence therapy addresses the mental and emotional aspects needed for healing. Healing is a multi level process the encompasses the whole person, which includes the physical body, the emotions, mental outlook and attitudes.
By better understanding and correcting the mental errors underlying our negative behaviours and patterns, we have the ability to then move forward and reconnect with our true self.
Dietary and Lifestyle
Sound dietary and lifestyle choices are the cornerstone of any treatment plan. These two aspects play an important role in both acute and chronic conditions and will be the underpinning foundation for the treatment plan as a whole. Dietary suggestions and goals will be realistic and attainable and your practitioner will guide you each step of the way, giving you plenty of support in the form of recipes, books, websites and numerous other resources and tools to empower to be able to continue making beneficial choices for your health. Lifestyle choices too are essential especially in this fast paced world in which we live where stress, fatigue, anxiety, mood disorders and digestive issues are become more common. Lifestyle suggestions and guidance on achieving realistic goals may include things like addressing sleep hygiene, practicing mindfulness, enjoying your hobbies or learning deep breathing techniques.