Have you ever considered the value per minute of other health care providers and specialists you see? Few health professionals are as comprehensive in approach as naturopaths, and are often unable to spend as much time with you in consultation, understanding all the nuances of your situation. Naturopaths also spend time reviewing your health out of hours, assessing all the different options for you.

Are you happy with the explanations given about the treatments you are offered? Sometimes it seems that the only options out there are “the pill”, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), hysterectomy, antidepressants, antibiotics, antacids, antihistamines, sedatives, cortisone, anti-inflammatories such as NSAIDS, and so on.

Of course, these have their place, but there are many options for most conditions, with fewer long term side effects.

Read about:
What is naturopathy?
What happens in a naturopathic consultation?
Tests that may be useful for you
Other beneficial uses
Common terminology questions

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You can expect to feel better after natural treatment for any of these conditions:

  • feeling tired all the time, sick and tired, fatigue, insomnia, sleeping problems, feeling “spacey”, dizziness, feeling “not quite right”, feeling “below par”
  • stress, anxiety, panic, nervousness, nervous stomach, mood swings, mood disorders, irritability, depression
  • headaches, migraines
  • women’s health concerns: menopause, “pre-menopause”, peri-menopause, hot flushes, natural hormone replacement therapy (HRT), hormonal disturbances, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)/polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, fibroids, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), painful periods, irregular periods
  • digestive problems, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, bloating, pain, candida, reflux, burping, bad breath, ulcers, fatty liver, nervous stomach
  • poor immunity, coughs, colds, flu, recurring or chronic infections, glandular fever (especially if it keeps recurring), ear infections, colds that keep going to your chest, bronchitis (come as soon as your cold or infection starts; I can often stop it in its tracks if you’re fast enough)
  • urinary tract infections
  • skin problems, acne, eczema, dermatitis, rashes, itching, dryness
  • allergies, food sensitivities, food cravings, hayfever, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, blocked sinus, asthma
  • high cholesterol, fatty liver, high blood pressure (hypertension), metabolic syndrome, blood sugar management, hypoglycaemia
  • musculoskeletal problems, aches and pains, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, sporting injuries
  • weight loss and slow metabolism (an unhealthy body will always struggle to lose weight efficiently; it could be your thyroid, hormones, adrenals, stress, food allergy/sensitivity and more)
  • anti-ageing concerns
  • prostatitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
  • baby and children’s common health problems, teething, colic, reflux, rashes, ear infections, irritability, failure to thrive, pre- and post vaccination care
  • fertility concerns, optimum preparation for having a baby, for both partners
  • feeling “toxic” and need a detox diet and program

What is naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a logical system of treatment based on these core ideas:

  • The healing power of nature – Naturopathy teaches that the body has the ability to heal itself and it is the naturopath’s role to try to facilitate this natural process in each patient.
  • Identify and treat the cause – In naturopathy, the underlying root causes of disease must be removed for a complete healing. These causes can exist at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. It is the naturopath’s role to identify the causes, in addition to alleviating the patient’s suffering by treating symptoms.
  • First, do no harm – The process of healing includes the manifestation of symptoms, so that any therapy that interferes with this natural healing process by masking symptoms is considered suppressive and should be avoided. The natural life force of the individual should be supported to facilitate healing and wellness.
  • Treat the whole person – One of the biggest tenets of naturopathy is the belief that mainstream medicine alone does not treat the “whole person”, and that naturopathy goes beyond treatment of symptoms and treats the entire body, as well as the spirit and mind.
  • The naturopath as teacher – It is the role of the naturopath to educate an individual in their health and lifestyle practices and encourage that individual to “take responsibility for their own health”. This cooperative relationship between naturopath and patient is essential to healing.
  • Prevention – The ultimate goal of the naturopath is preventive health. Accordingly, the naturopathic emphasis is on building health, not just fighting illness. Adjusting your lifestyle towards healthier options is our goal. Naturopathy is a wellness-focused health system.

What happens in a naturopathic consultation?
I spend an hour talking with you to have a detailed history of your health issues and patterns. This helps me to understand the causes of your symptoms and to prescribe the best treatment for you. This initial consultation includes an iridology assessment, to further understand your inherited health disposition and allow a more specific choice of remedies or treatment.

With your participation, I develop an individualised health plan. We usually have short-term goals and long-term goals. This may include the prescription of pharmaceutical quality herbal medicines and tonics, nutritional supplements (of a quality only available to qualified practitioners), homeopathic medicines, flower essences, dietary and lifestyle adjustments. Read more about these natural treatments

Depending on your circumstances, follow-up consultations of half an hour are usually required. This helps me to adjust the treatment according to your response and to take the treatment to a deeper level, if indicated. Often there is not time to discuss everything in the first consultation, and it also gives you an opportunity to ask further questions.

Naturopathic treatment is gentle and gradual and, while you will nearly always have a positive response after the first session, it is important to allow time for your body to get back into order, especially if you have had health problems for a number of years. The treatment is a process rather than a quick fix.

I do not insist that you keep on coming back for consultations indefinitely. I will always have a sound rationale for subsequent consultations and, sometimes, you indeed need only one consultation.

Tests that may be useful for you

  • Hair mineral analysis (shows heavy metals and various nutritional mineral levels)
  • Functional liver detoxification profile (how well does your liver perform its detox function?)
  • Intestinal permeability (do you have a leaky gut, which may be contributing to chronic inflammation and allergy?)
  • Salivary hormone profiles (male and female)
  • 2 & 16 urinary oestrogen metabolites
  • Neuroendocrine metabolites (are your mood swings, depression and anxiety a result of imbalances in your brain chemistry or neurotransmitters, which can then be helped by providing nutrients the brain needs?)
  • Amino acid profile (also used for assessing mood problems, depression, anxiety, as above)
  • Mood disorder appraisal
  • Complete digestive stool analysis
  • Osteoporosis risk marker
  • Food sensitivity / allergy testing IgG
  • Weight Management Metabolites (are you having problems with weight loss due to metabolic problems, such as fat metabolism and energy production systems in the body?)

Other beneficial uses

  • Naturopathy - photosPlanning a baby – Naturopathic treatment is especially good for preparing for a healthy baby. Pre-conception care and natural fertility management is designed to give you the best chance available for a natural conception, healthy pregnancy and childbirth, and a healthier baby. The benefits include a stronger immune system for mother and baby, and reduced likelihood of morning sickness and stretch marks, and of babies with birth defects, allergies, asthma, eczema and excessive crying.
  • Working with your doctor – Most health concerns can be supported using natural therapies, including those where it may be necessary to work in a team with your doctor (for example, if you are taking prescribed medication or require certain tests). Naturopathic treatment is particularly appropriate when you have been to the doctor with a health problem, and you have been told that there is nothing wrong with you, even though you know you do not feel well.

Common terminology questions
Is a naturopath an “alternative medicine” practitioner or a “complementary medicine” one? What is the difference? Naturopaths don’t really consider themselves to be “alternative”. Alternative to what? Standard Western pharmacological medicine, but that’s not really applicable these days.

Certainly, many use the term “complementary medicine” because the treatments can be used in conjunction with standard medical treatments and are therefore “complementary”. Filling in the gaps or complementing what standard medicine cannot do or supporting standard medicine, with regard to managing side effects and so on.

Most naturopaths prefer to use “integrative medicine”, recognising that medicine is all one “thing”, and whatever is appropriate should be used.

Some people call standard Western medicine “traditional medicine”. However, since it is only been going a little over 100 years in its current form, it is not particularly “traditional”.

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Any questions? Please contact Linda Loh. You can book a consultation to talk about your health concerns, discuss possible treatments and get your health back on track.