What can you expect from your naturopath?

Maybe you have seen a naturopath before or maybe this is all new to you. Either way, naturopathy is a very broad term which can encompass many different ways of treating you and different naturopaths will have differing qualifications and approaches.  

Here is some information to help you understand the naturopathic approach at LaVida Health.

We aim to use dietary and lifestyle advice as our main tools for achieving sustained improvement in your health.  We will often support this with herbal and nutritional medicine to assist and speed up the healing process and relieve your symptoms while your body is restoring.  

The goal is to get to and treat the underlying cause of your symptoms, not just provide symptomatic relief...unless that is all you want.

The process of understanding your health issues is often complex.  We will need to take a very detailed history of your health.  We may also require you to have some general pathology tests done (if you haven't already done this).  We may also require you to complete questionnaires or keep a symptom diary.  Every person is different, and it will depend on your unique situation.  We will discuss this prior to and during your first appointment.

Depending on how complex your health concerns are, multiple appointments over the course of a few months will probably be necessary.  Occassionally, cost is an issue for some clients.  Unfortunately, herbal and nutritional medicines are not subsidised by the government and they are not exempt from GST.  The more we can do via diet and lifestyle changes the better it will be.  If cost is of concern, you just need to let us know and we will prioritise treatments.  We are always mindful of this and on the look out for ways to streamline treatments to keep costs to a minimum.

The best results are achieved when we work together and when you actively participate in improving your health.  We regularly maintain and encourage email or phone contact inbetween appointments.

 At no point should you feel like you have been "cast adrift".

Once our clients have achieved their short and long term health goals, we encourage them to make an appointment 3 or 4 times a year for a "tune-up". This is a chance to check in with how you are feeling and how your body is functioning, pick up anything that might be a sign of deteriorating health or fine-tune any long term supplementation you are taking.

If you are still unsure about seeing a naturopath or whether we can help and are a good match for you, do not hesitate to call the clinic on  03 9620 9503 or email us via the contact page.  We are always happy to answer a question.

 We look forward to being of service.

In good health,

Kaye Wright
Naturopath and Owner
LaVida Health
Melbourne CBD