Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

What can a Naturopath help you with/help you treat?

Naturopathy focuses on long term wellness and prevention, and also assists with long term chronic and autoimmune illnesses as well as the short-term acute coughs, colds and rashes.
It is suitable for adults and children and can be used to complement current treatment and therapy. A broad range of health concerns can be addressed including all aspects of women’s health; stress, fatigue, and insomnia; gastro-intestinal issues, digestion and metabolism; skin conditions; pre-conception care and fertility; men’s health; anxiety and mood related issues, as well as child specific concerns, including immune support and allergies, picky eating, mood and skin issues.
Many people also consult with a Naturopath to maintain good health and vitality and for disease prevention, by discovering where diet, lifestyle, stress, the environment, or any nutritional deficiencies may be impacting their state of health. Naturopathy can assist in improving nutrition, improving sleep quality, energy levels and lift mood, to ensure an overall good quality of life.
Please contact me directly if you require more information on how Naturopathy may help you.

What should I bring to my first appointment?

In the first visit, we will have an in-depth discussion about your current as well as your past medical history. If you have previous or current pathology or medical testing, please bring them with you, as well as any medications or supplements you are currently taking.

Can Naturopathy help with colds, flu, coughs and other short term ailments?

Absolutely. A herbal formula can be made specific to your symptoms and experience of the cold or flu. Supplements can also be prescribed to support immune function. Herbs and supplements can also be taken to regain strength and vitality and aid convalescence. It is best to address the cold or flu in a timely manner in its early stages, to provide your body with the best support it needs to overcome the condition as quickly and effectively as possible.

What can I expect from a typical appointment?

The first appointment is your time to discuss your own unique health experiences and concerns. My role is mainly to listen carefully and make some holistic enquiries about body functions and systems that are seemingly unrelated, in order to attain a deeper understanding of you as a whole person.
In this session, I will also examine and photograph your tongue, iris and nails to attain further information about your health. I will also take your Blood Pressure, feel and analyse your pulse and discuss your diet and lifestyle. From there, we will discuss health goals and strategies to achieve your desired health outcomes.
We will then formulate a treatment plan that will address your most pressing concerns first, as well as discuss future appointments that may be required.

How often will I need to come back?

In Naturopathy, the individual is treated. Future appointments will depend on the current state of health and the body’s ability to return to a state of vitality. My goal is to educate, empower and guide you towards good health and vitality, so that as a result, you are able to sustain your health independently. I will provide you with the tools, strategies, and support towards self-management, and of course always be of service to you in the future.

How long to I need to take my herbs or supplements for?

In the return visits, it will be assessed how long you will need the current prescription of herbs and/or supplements. In accordance with your health goals and treatment plan, the most prioritised health issues will be addressed first. As such, I like to keep the prescription to a minimum to ensure the best possible adherence and easy management and self-administration of the herbs/supplements. Good nutrition is also important to ensure all nutritional requirements relating to your health are met, and these recommendations will also be discussed in your appointment.

What if I don’t like the taste of the herbs, or my child won’t take them because of the taste?

The herbal formulas are blended with concentrated herbal extracts, so the taste of some herbs can be a little strong or unpleasant. Doses are generally quite small, either in drops or up to 7.5 ml. There are different ways we can discuss to help taking them a little easier, for example, following them with a “chaser” of juice, or squirting the dose at the back of the throat with a syringe. These methods may work or children as well, or by following the dose with a spoonful of honey or making juice gummies with the medicine inside. Some herbs are also available as tablets, which can be an alternative if the taste cannot be tolerated.

I am taking medications prescribed by my GP or specialist – can I still take herbs and supplements?

Most supplements and herbal formulas can be taken with prescribed medications; however, it is very important I am aware of what you are prescribed and the dose. As a duty of care, interactions with medications will always be assessed before any herbs or supplements are prescribed. In some circumstances, supplements are best taken away from medications for greater absorption. This will be discussed in your first consultation.

What sort of supplements do you prescribe, can I just buy them from the supermarket or pharmacy?

The herbs and supplements prescribed will be tailored to your individual requirements. All prescriptions are approved by the Therapeutic Goods Association, and therefore are of the highest quality, and at potencies only prescribed by practitioners. Over the counter supplements purchased from the supermarket or chemist, are of low dosages and therefore not at the therapeutic doses prescribed by a practitioner. Some supplements contain fillers and synthetic ingredients, use lower quality ingredients, and generally have poorer absorption.

Can I see you online?

Zoom calls or phone calls can be arranged for your convenience and prescriptions can be collected or posted to you. As I may not be able to examine physically, you may be asked to supply pictures of your tongue and hands to compliment our consultation. Please let me know at the time of booking you would prefer a Zoom call.

I still have questions.

I invite you to contact me on hello@naturetothrive.com.au or book a complimentary 10–15-minute phone call to discuss how I may be able to assist you.
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