What is a Naturopath?
A Naturopath in Australia is a registered degree trained practitioner with a strong background in health science and integrating conventional medicine with alternative medicine. They offer support and assistance in all aspects of health and wellness using scientifically proven natural medicine to assist the body with its own healing. A Naturopath develops a treatment plan that gets to the cause of the health issues, not just the symptoms. The treatment plan includes a variety of treatment methods looking at diet, nutritional therapy, herbal medicine, flower essences, homeopathy, lifestyle, environment and other therapies. Naturopaths can find weaknesses and early signs of disease long before it is diagnosed in the body and practices preventative medicine to ensure the body heals, restores and nourishes itself to remain strong and vital.
A Naturopath studies between 3 and 4 years with some of the main core units covering Nutritional Biochemistry, Human physiology, Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Nutritional medicine, Western Herbal medicine, Pharmacognosy, Public health, Counselling and up to 2 years of Clinical practice. A Naturopath is trained to look at the whole body and work on areas in the body that are lacking energy and strength. The philosophy of Naturopathy is that when the body is healthy and strong the body can heal itself. Naturopaths are required to continually attend seminars, courses and training after completing their degree to remain registered and practicing to ensure you are getting the highest and most relevant care possible.
Six foundational Naturopath principles are used when taking a case, creating a health plan and sustaining your health:
- The healing power of nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae).
- First do no harm
- Find and treat the cause whenever possible, not only the symptoms (Tolle Causum).
- Treat the whole person
Who needs a Naturopath?
Everyone can benefit from seeing a Naturopath. Seeing a Naturopath is like a car service but for you. Our body is always changing and needing support in different ways. A Naturopath will help support and guide you into feeling your best so you can achieve your health goals and live the best life in good health. Whether you want to work on current health issues and goals or want to learn about current stresses in the body and how to prevent disease and regenerate the body the Green Naturopath can help.
How will I benefits from working with a Naturopath?
A Naturopath will help you understand your current health by looking and showing you how your diet, deficiencies, imbalances, lifestyle, environment, relationships and stress levels could be impacting your health.
What will I expect in a Naturopath Consultation?
- You will receive a whole body analysis and have someone who listens to you for a whole hour and will help you in achieving your health goals so you can feel your best.
- You will receive continued support and encouragement to help you on your health journey.
- A range of functional pathology tests are also available to investigate the functional, biochemical, nutritional, metabolic and hormonal status for a better understanding of what is happening in the body.
- Access to practitioner therapeutic bioactive herbs and supplements for the healing and restoration part of your treatment plan.
- Personalised treatment plan using diet, lifestyle, food as medicine, natural medicine and herbs.
- Custom made prescriptions.
- The ability to regenerate your health, happiness and vitality
What Natural Medicines do you use?
The Green Naturopath has researched and sourced the best ‘Practitioner strength’ natural bio active therapeutic, nutritional supplementation and herbal products to assist you on regaining and sustaining your health on a cellular level. Prescription strength supplements and herbs are high grade therapeutic products that are much more potent than over the counter supplements and herbs. Practitioner grade products require practitioner dispensing for correct dosing and administration for the best results.
Can I use supplements from health food shops and supermarkets?
General supplements may be alright for general health and maintenance, but therapeutic dispensing of “Practitioner only” products is necessary for therapeutic results. Some supplements on the market are synthetic, not natural, poorly absorbed and have little to no impact on healing the body.
Will natural remedies affect my current medication from my doctor?
The Green Naturopath is well trained at integrating natural medicines with conventional medicine while working with specific health conditions and dietary restrictions. If you are currently working with your doctor with medication and specific health conditions it is important to let your Doctor know you are also using alternative medicine. The Green Naturopath will work alongside your Doctor to ensure correct monitoring and assessment can take place during your treatment plan. It is important to continue taking medication from your Doctor until advised otherwise by your Doctor.
How long will it take me to feel better?
It depends on what is wrong and how long you have had the health issue for. Sometimes you can start feeling results within a couple of weeks to a few months and even longer in some cases. It is important to understand the healing process once the cause has been found we begin to heal the area that requires healing. Often patients start to feel good in the healing stage, it is important to continue onto the restorative and nourishing stages even if you feel better to ensure you have lasting results and do not relapse.
It takes time to replenish the soils in the garden and have a healthy garden. Likewise the same goes towards you, it can take time regenerate new cells. Liver cells can take 12 weeks to 12 months to regenerate, red blood cells take 4 months, skin cells 6 weeks, digestive cells 5 days, healthy fertile eggs and sperm can take 2-3 months to form, bones and some other organs can take up to 2 years to heal and repair.
How much will it cost?
The prices are on the consultation page of the website. Every patient is different and a custom treatment plan is discussed with you in your first consult that suits your personal needs.
Can I make a claim with my private health insurance?
Yes you can make claims, check with your private health insurer to see if you are covered.
What is the difference between a Naturopath, Herbalist, Nutritionist and a Health coach?
A Naturopath is trained in both nutritional medicine and herbal medicine and uses a number of different techniques to assist you in working with your health issues. A Nutritionist uses nutritional therapy to correct health issues, where a Naturopath uses nutritional therapy and a number of different techniques to heal the body. A Herbalist uses herbal medicine to correct health issues, where a Naturopath will use herbs, natural medicine and other techniques to heal the body on a whole looking at diet, lifestyle and environment.
Check the qualifications and see if they are a degree trained practitioner in Australia belonging to an Australian association. There are a number of short courses offered where you can get a 6 month certificate to be able to practice as a nutritionist and health coach. These short courses may compliment some people in their work, although they have very little science background and clinical practice to be able to look at the body as whole and see the biochemical pathways and physiology of the body
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