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Naturopathy is a form of natural medicine that treats the body as a whole, treating the person rather than addressing symptoms in isolation. It is fundamentally concerned with discovering and addressing the root cause of disease, whether it be chemical (from faulty eating, drinking, digestion or elimination), mechanical (spinal misalignment, muscular tension, stiff joints or bad posture), environmental (computer radiation, stress, shift work), psychological or a combination of these factors.
Naturopathy has a preventative approach to health care – it aims to balance the body so that illness is less likely to occur in the future. A naturopath will want to know your diet, lifestyle, family background and environment, as well as the history of your complaint or illness.
Naturopathy evolved out of ancient healing traditions. Many naturopathic beliefs – such as the importance of nutrition, exercise and stress management – have been adopted by conventional Western medicine, and naturopathy may be used as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with orthodox medicine.
The importance of homeostasis
To maintain health and life, the body regulates itself to stay within certain limits, whatever the outside environment. For instance, body temperature needs to be kept constant. On a cold day, the body will conserve heat by constricting the blood vessels close to the skin and directing blood flow to favour internal organs. On a hot day, the body will dilate blood vessels close to the skin and evaporate body heat with perspiration. Many other elements – such as blood gases, hormones and water – also need to be maintained within strict limits. The process of maintaining this healthy internal balance is called homeostasis.
Naturopathic philosophy believes that illness is more likely to occur if the body is knocked out of homeostasis by lifestyle or environmental factors. The central idea is that the human body is capable of maintaining a healthy state if barriers such as stress and poor diet are taken away.
A range of non-invasive treatments
Naturopathy maintains that the body can heal itself if given the right conditions. The treatments are non-invasive and are designed to stimulate the body's own healing powers. They include:
In most cases the treatment program may include a bottle of herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle changes and nutritional supplements, flower essences or homoeopathic remedies where appropriate. Follow-up consultations generally last 30-50 minutes and, depending on the condition, a number of follow-ups may be required.
Our team of naturopaths are available Monday to Saturday for full consultations or seven days a week for over-the-counter consultations for acute conditions, such as colds. Full naturopathic consultations cost $95, follow-ups $60, and private healthcare rebates are available.
Private Health rebates available
Please call the clinic on 9034-0555 to make an an appointment.
For more information please see our Practitioner page.