What conditions can be treated by Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is used in the safe and effective treatment of clients of all ages, and may help;
• With general health issues such as low energy levels, poor digestive health, unrefreshing sleep, high stress and anxiety levels, emotional imbalances and healthy weight management
• In the prevention of chronic illness
• To improve concentration and memory
• In the treatment of common childhood conditions (such as colic, eczema, cradle cap, constipation, diarrhoea, allergies, teething, asthma, ear infections, colic and recurrent infections)
• To treat a range of women’s conditions (including period pain, heavy periods, no periods, ovarian cysts and PCOS, endometriosis, PMS, fibroids, hormonal imbalances, early menopause and menopause support)
• To support those who are having difficulties in conceiving
• Couples wanting a specific IVF support program that incorporates preconception care, alongside physical and emotional health support, and stress management techniques
• In addressing pregnancy conditions (such as nausea and vomiting, anaemia, constipation, fatigue, poor sleep, stretch marks, cramps, restless legs, heart burn, reflux, oedema and fluid retention, varicose veins, haemorrhoids and high blood pressure)
• Support during the postpartum period (for example- postnatal depression, anxiety, sleep deprivation, weight management, low energy levels, thyroid problems, mastitis, low breast milk supply, cracked nipples, skin rejuvenation and healing after birth)
Who can benefit from Natural Fertility Management (NFM)?
NFM aims to improve both the general and reproductive health of clients by addressing fertility issues and preparing for pregnancy and birth (i.e. Preconception care). When used to aid conception, NFM can help to optimise health, stabilise hormones, encourage healthy eggs and sperm and create an awareness of a women’s fertile period. NFM can also be used as a tool for those experiencing infertility issues (such as low sperm count, low sperm motility and problems ovulating).
For others, NFM is an ideal method of natural, non-hormonal contraception, and a way in which women can identify their fertile signs more clearly.
NFM can also be used by;
• Those seeking advice before, during or after using IVF methods
• Both older and younger couples
• Women wanting to increase their chances of conception
• Breastfeeding women wanting an alternative form of contraception
• Couples wanting short or long-term, non-hormonal contraception
• Women who experience unwanted side effects whilst using pharmaceutical methods of contraception (such as high blood pressure and liver disease)
• Women coming off the pill, Implanon or IUD
• Those who experience stress related changes to their menstrual cycle, PCOS, or endometriosis
What happens in a Naturopathic consultation?
The initial consultation is used to gather a comprehensive history and the main reasons for the visit. A range of questions are asked to gather information about current health issues, and past medical and family history to identify the underlying causes of illness.
An individualised treatment plan is then developed to address these underlying influences using herbs, lifestyle coaching, or nutritionals. A client will be referred for further testing if required at this point.
Follow up consultations will continue to explore a client’s condition, take a more in depth look at issues, and develop a deeper insight into health conditions. Prescriptions may continue or be altered to address the changes that have occurred.
The following modalities may be used during treatment; herbal medicine tablets or liquid, clinical nutrition, herbal teas, dietary advice, lifestyle counselling, homoeopathy and flower essences.
Length of treatment
It is difficult to predict how long it will take for a health condition to resolve, as each individual will react differently to treatment. However as a rule, chronic conditions will take longer to improve than acute symptoms (which may only take a few days to weeks to resolve).
For most, consultations will be made weekly, fortnightly or monthly until health improves; follow-up visits are made as required, to maintain health and make further improvements.
A period of preconception care can help to treat a couples specific fertility issues; treatment would ideally start a minimum of 3-4 months before conception and focus on the health of both parents.