What I Do

Naturopathic Health Assessment:

Nutritional analysis – this may be a recall of the last 24 hours’ intake or a full breakdown of a detailed diary of the past week’s diet. From this, detailed analysis of carbohydrate, protein, fats, vitamin and mineral intake can be extrapolated. Likely deficiencies or imbalances can be identified and dietary adjustments can be made.

Nail and tongue analysis – an examination of the fingernails and tongue can help inform of deficiencies and imbalances and may indicate underfunctioning of certain organ systems.

IridologyIridology is the study of the iris to determine potential health problems and inherent weaknesses. A photograph of the iris will be taken using a purpose-built iriscope. With the photograph on-screen, I can explain what the iris is indicating about the health of the body. Iridology cannot detect a specific disease. Utilised as part of a full naturopathic assessment, however, iridology can help identify what specific organs or body systems may be involved in the underlying cause(s) of symptoms or conditions. Potential health issues may also be avoided through the identification of organs/systems under stress, developing weaknesses or inherited physiological tendencies.

A food allergy test can also be conducted in-clinic. This involves a pin-prick and a fee to cover the cost of the test. It is a useful tool to identify foods that may be causing or exacerbating symptoms. These foods can be eliminated from the diet, with a view to healing the digestive and immune system to the point where the foods can be safely re-introduced.

A heavy metal toxicity test can be conducted in clinic, with more comprehensive testing available through remote laboratories if indicated.  Other remote laboratory tests available include stool dietary analysis, hormone profile, gastrointestinal profile, liver detoxification profile, intestinal permeability, immune system status, osteoporosis risk assessment, mineral analysis, nutritional profile.

Incorporating all the information gathered from the above investigations can help direct a specific, highly individualised healing and health maintenance plan.

Western Herbal Medicine:

Creating a herbal formula for someone is entirely individual. Every herbal formula will be different, even for people who present with the same diagnosed condition. As the body heals, the herbal formula is adjusted accordingly.

The more research is conducted, the more properties are discovered that help explain why the herbs are so effective. We learn that previously unrecognised phytochemicals within the herb support its healing action or protect vulnerable organs from unwanted side-effects. When we use herbs, we know what actions they can have on body systems, and we know partly how this action is effected; but we have no idea how many other undiscovered components of the herb are also working to support and promote this action. We use them because they work, and we are aware of their limitations and contraindications. We respect them because we didn’t create them, we don’t know everything about them, but we have learnt over the centuries that they have specific benefits for our bodies and our holistic wellbeing. Now research is beginning to help us understand how and why this is so.

Because of the known and unknown properties of the whole herb, I prefer to source my tinctures from processors using a closed system, where valuable phytochemicals may not be lost through evaporation. I use alcohol-based tinctures except where an alternative base is preferable, since most herbs’ properties are optimally extracted in alcohol.

Herbal formulas may be presented as tinctures to be taken in water, as tisanes to be taken warm or cold, or as creams to be used externally.

Nutritional Medicine:

Food is wonderful stuff. It is what sustains and feeds us and supplies our bodies with what it needs to do all the things we aren’t even aware it is doing to make/keep us healthy. A full dietary analysis can give valuable insight into how well the body is being fuelled and where deficiencies may be contributing to existing conditions. The really exciting thing is how eating certain foods can support specific body systems and promote healing. Real food really is ‘medicine’, and specific, individualised dietary changes can be implemented to best utilise it.

Sports Nutrition:

The use of food as fuel and medicine is vital to support the body through training and sports performance. Knowing how to utilise food and supplements can optimise training benefits, performance, endurance and recovery. A full and detailed dietary analysis can reveal intake imbalances and help direct an eating plan to ensure the required nutrients are available when they are needed.

Supplements:

While the optimal goal is to have all required nutrients supplied through food in its natural state, there are circumstances in which supplements can be the best option to promote and support healing. I stock supplements from practitioner-only suppliers whose manufacturing processes are conducted in Australia to rigorous standards. Supplements I prescribe are made available to clients at below rrp.

 


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