1. What is naturopathy?
Naturopathy is an holistic approach to healing. It looks at the underlying cause of health issues and assists the body to heal naturally by utilizing a mixture of herbal medicine, nutritional supplements and dietary and lifestyle changes.
The underlying principals of naturopathy are:
- First do no harm – use the least invasive method to treat a patient to avoid doing any harm.
- Physician as teacher – a good naturopath should educate patients on why illness occurs and how to achieve optimal health in the future.
- Treat the whole person, not just the disease – naturopaths take a holistic view of the patient, not just presenting symptoms. This means that we look at physical, mental, emotional, genetic and environmental aspects to fully assess the person’s wellbeing.
- Prevention – it is best to take measures to prevent disease from happening in the first place. A naturopath will work with patients to educate them on healthy living for disease prevention.
- Healing Power of Nature – the body has the ability to heal itself. You can assist this process with positive changes to diet and lifestyle.
- Treat the cause of disease – find the underlying cause of a disease/condition rather than just treating symptoms.
2. What should I expect during the initial consultation?
The initial consultation is normally divided into two sessions (across 2 different days).
The first session will include an individualized, comprehensive assessment where we will review:
- All your body systems
- Your current lifestyle
- Your current Diet
- Your family and medical history
- Any current medications you are currently taking
During the second session I will then present your individualised treatment plan, which will include;
- A summary of your treatment goals
- Specific dietary recommendations
- Specific lifestyle recommendations
- Specific nutritional or herbal supplements
- An outline of future treatments required
The initial consultation fee covers both of these sessions.
3. Can I bring children to the appointment?
Yes, children are most welcome to come. As a mother of 3 children, Danielle understands that it is difficult to find someone to look after your children while you have appointments.
Please advise if children are coming in advance so we can accommodate them as best as possible.
4. Will I be given supplements to take?
Danielle will often prescribe nutritional supplements or herbal formulas alongside dietary recommendations, however these are not designed to be used long term – they are used to help your body get back to optimal functioning. Once your body is functioning properly the aim is to get all your nutrients from a healthy, balanced diet.
5. How many treatments will I need?
This depends on the severity of the illness/condition. Some patients will only require 3-5 treatments to resolve their issue. Long term chronic conditions may require more treatments.
6. Can I claim a rebate from my Private Health Insurance?
Unfortunately, from 1 April 2019, private health insurers can no longer offer rebates for Naturopathic treatments.