What is a naturopath?

I often get a puzzled look when someone asks me what ‘I do’. So I thought there must be a lot of people that don’t know what a naturopath is. And it’s kinda tricky to say too, isn’t it?

What a naturopath studies……

A naturopath student requires four years of studying to get their degree. And over this time we are taught many things such as:

  • Herbal medicine– how to use herbs to treat common health conditions that will enable your body to regain balance, support and tonify any weakened systems.
  • Nutrition– nutritional bio-chemistry was one of my favourite subjects when I was studying. I loved learning all about the vitamins and minerals (it doesn’t just end there either) and what foods they are found in, how your body processes them and what functions they have within our body. Food and what you eat is such an integral part of what naturopaths do!
  • Body systems– from the immune to reproductive, naturopaths learn all about the body and how the systems work together (and perhaps not work together).
  • Diseases– yep, we know the basics AND the not so easy ones too. This is when you might come across a naturopath that ‘specialises’ in a particular area. Just like you find specialists like a gynaecologist in main stream health care.
  • Diagnostic Testing– to help get a better picture on your health, a naturopath might ask you to go for extra testing. This can be from bloods to stool or even your hair! Naturopaths will have a general understanding of any previous tests that you may have had done in the past too.

 

Naturopaths treat the whole person, not just the symptoms.

  • Case taking– Your first consultation with a naturopath will be generally the longest. We take your full health history, talk about what is happening in your body systems and what has been working for you or not working for you. Some naturopaths might even do a little bit of ‘in house’ testing such as, take your blood pressure, weight or blood glucose.
  • Iridology– Naturopaths have studied iridology as a student. this is where a microscope is used to look at your iris and see if there are any weakened areas within your body. Did you know your organs are represented in your eyes?
  • Tongue and nail analysis– checking your tongue and nails give naturopaths extra clues on how your body is functioning. Every little bit of information helps.
  • Emotions– How you are as a person is very important to us. Are you sensitive? Do you get stressed easily? Do you loose your temper? Sometimes this can take a little bit of time to work out, especially in the early days.
  • Lifestyle– How do you live your life? Do you work full time? do you care for others? How do you destress? Your lifestyle plays a huge part in your current health status. Diet and lifestyle advice is always given.
  • Evidence Based Research– Naturopaths use critical based research to support their treatment protocols.
  • Treatment– Naturopaths will generally offer herbal and nutritional support to help with your healing. Diet advice is given and if this is not enough supplements are prescribed when needed. Short term and long term treatment plans are established, so you don’t feel overwhelmed. After all, we just really want you to feel great again!

In a nut shell……..

A naturopath offers support, education and treatment that you want to do. Our job is to empower you and take control of your health, so that you can achieve your health goals.

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