What is naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a holistic system of healing that incorporates a range of treatments and natural therapies based on the philosophy that your body, when under ideal conditions, is naturally able to heal and repair itself. Disease and ill health occurs when the body becomes out of balance from things such as poor diet, lack of sleep, stress, hormone imbalance and more, and thus normal functioning can no longer adjust to compensate and keep the body healthy. The body is amazing in that it can adjust to maintain balance however it can only do this for so long before you become unwell. Naturopathy aims to restore this balance using a range of natural treatments and then take a preventative approach by teaching you the skills and providing you with the tools to keep your health on track for an energetic, fulfilling life.
A naturopath is a person who is trained in the health sciences and in the principles and practice of naturopathy including medical herbalism, nutritional medicine, tactile therapies (such as remedial massage), homoeopathy, hydrotherapy, and diet and lifestyle therapies. A naturopath will also use a wide range of assessment techniques, similar to your doctor to uncover the causative factors of your concerns. Not all naturopaths are skilled in these areas and is why you should always seek a naturopath who has a university qualification, You expect that your doctor has gone to university so you should expect the same from you naturopath.
Our naturopath deals with internal health problems, metabolic disorders and imbalances, through treatment of the whole person and the underlying cause not just the condition, disease or symptoms you have come with. This is important as no two people are the same. An individualised approach to health using natural medicines while treating the cause of the concerns allows you to get longer lasting results. Think of it this way, if you are a 30 year old female racing around after young children, why should you receive the same treatment as a 60 year old retired male just because you have the same condition? You are unique and have different needs and your treatment needs to be just as unique as you.
What can I expect when I see my naturopath?
When you see Felicity you can expect to be asked a lot of questions about your current health, past health and other relating lifestyle and diet factors. You may also be asked to undertake similar tests that you may have had with your doctor such as blood pressure, height, weight among others and/or handed a blood test referral. Felicity is also skilled in naturopathic assessments such as iridolody (the study of the eye), nail and tongue diagnosis, bio impediance body composition analysis, hair tissue mineral analysis and can request functional pathology like DNA and microbiome testing where required. By asking questions, undertaking a range of tests and getting to know you, Felicity can investigate the cause of your health concerns and develop a comprehensive treatment plan specific for your needs and desires. To get your very own treatment plan devised for your health concern book in for a Naturopathic service below.