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What is Naturopathy?

What is Naturopathy?

So, what is Naturopathy and what can I expect from a naturopathic consultation at Elemental Health? 

Naturopathy is a holistic approach to healthcare that combines traditional medicine with current scientific research to provide a personalised approach to health and wellbeing.

Modern naturopathy grew out of the healing traditions of the 18th and 19th centuries but its underlying philosophy reflects the principals of the father of medicine, Hippocrates.  

Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” Hippocrates, father of medicine

At Elemental Health our fundamental principles of naturopathy include: 

·      Clean water

·      Clean air

·      Nourishing food 

·      Gut health 

·      Movement 

·      Quality sleep 

·      Stress management


Our naturopaths have a strong focus on gut health aka the Microbiome and preventative medicine.  They focus on treating their client as a whole and not just treating illness or a condition.   

Naturopathic treatments can include a wide range of therapies, such as herbal medicine, nutrition, lifestyle modification, breath work, and vitamin and mineral supplementation.

In Australia Naturopaths do not fall under the AHPRA regulations, this means that anyone can call themselves a naturopath.    If you are considering seeing a naturopath please ensure they have appropriate qualifications and belong to an association such as the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS).  This ensures they have the appropriate qualification, insurance, abide by regulations and maintain a level of education and learning each year.   

What to expect from a naturopathic consultation 

During a naturopathic consultation, you can expect a comprehensive approach to your health and well-being. Naturopaths take the time to understand your medical history, current health concerns, and lifestyle in order to develop a personalised treatment plan.  An initial consultation take around 1 hour.   After this time you will receive a treatment plan with your nutritional and lifestyle goals and any recommended supplements or herbs.  We will also discuss any recommended testing. 

Where appropriate Naturopaths will prescribe functional testing such as Microbiome Testing, Food allergy testing and Hormone testing so they can better understand how to address your health and wellbeing concerns. 

At Elemental Health our naturopaths can help you and your family with:

Naturopathy can be beneficial for treating:

  • Digestive health (aka gut health)
  • Female hormonal health 
  • Fertility and IVF support
  • Male health and wellbeing
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Children's health
  • Allergies and intolerances
  • Asthma management
  • Stress management and anxiety
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Auto-immune conditions
  • Healthy aging
  • Skin conditions such as eczema, acne and rosacea
  • Dysfunctional breathing including snoring and sleep apnoea 

If you need support managing your health and wellbeing book an appointment with a naturopathat Elemental Health.   If you have any questions or would like to understand how we can help you with your health goals book a free Discovery call.   Alternately you can call our reception during business hours on (02) 8084 0081.




Posted on 26 October 2023
Author:Elemental Health
Tags:NutritionPreventative medicineHormonesGut healthFood as medicine

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