Naturopathy encompasses a holistic approach to the treatment of physical and emotional health issues. Given the right tools, we believe the body has the potential to restore itself.
Naturopathy supports and encourages this innate healing process through the use of appropriate changes to your diet and lifestyle combined with herbal or nutritional medicines if required.
One-on-one, individual consultations* are an ideal way to get the personalised and tailored treatment you need.
*available via Skype in some circumstances
We currently have two naturopaths at LaVida Health … Clinic owner, Kaye Wright and working alongside her is Lee Copeland.
Our areas of interest include:
- preconception care, fertility and healthy pregnancies
- thyroid and adrenal disorders
- mental health including anxiety and depression
- fatigue and sleep issues
- digestive problems
- auto-immune conditions
How Naturopathy can help you
Naturopathy can help you reduce niggling or debilitating symptoms, decrease pain, improve energy and mood or help you cope with stress. In fact, there are many health conditions which lend themselves to naturopathic treatment.
The structure of naturopathic treatment at LaVida Health is:
- Firstly, relieve your symptoms
- Secondly, provide treatment to compensate for your lifestyle and/or any current environmental influences which might be contributing to your health issues
- Thirdly, investigation and treatment of underlying root causes (i.e. getting to the bottom of the problem)
- Finally, education and advice to promote optimal long term health and minimise the likelihood of symptoms returning.
Sometimes this is a straight-forward process (for example, when treating a cold) and sometimes it’s like completing a complex jig-saw puzzle, one that is unique to you.
The naturopaths at LaVida Health believe the keys to a successful outcome for you include:
Time to Understand
Taking the time to gain a thorough understanding of your health (both current and past), along with your diet, lifestyle and the unique factors which have brought you to your current state of health (why this problem and why now?)
Testing and Knowledge
Making use of medical and functional testing to gain a greater depth of knowledge of your current biochemistry.
Getting to know you and using this understanding to tailor a treatment plan which you can actually follow.
Providing dietary advice – short term and long term improvements in your health can often be achieved through simple dietary changes. We will analyse your diet to identify any factors which might be contributing to your health issues.
Suggesting lifestyle changes to support your good health. This might include changes to sleep or eating routines, relaxation techniques, stress management techniques, working on exercise and work/life balance. This can be one of the most challenging areas for a client to work on but it is a collaborative effort and we believe in taking it slowly and setting realistic, achievable goals.
Prescribing herbal medicines when indicated – we use liquid or tablet extracts of different parts of plants for their therapeutic effect. (The practice of herbal medicine is one of the oldest systems of medicine and is widely used around the world).
Prescribing nutritional medicine when indicated – good nutrition underpins good health. Sometimes, supplementation is necessary to overcome short or long term gaps in the diet.
Depending on what your health goals are and the extent of “dis-ease” you currently have, it may be necessary to work with you over a number of consultations. If you have been living with your health issues for a long time, it may take some time to get you to where you want to be. Often we work in conjunction with doctors and specialists, and where possible make use of your existing pathology tests.
So, in a nutshell, we believe naturopathy can help you feel like your old self and show you how to create good habits to enable you to live your best life.
What to expect when you see a LaVida 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 ask 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.
Occasionally, 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 lookout 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 in-between appointments.
Duration 1.5 hours. An opportunity to tell your health story covering all factors which have lead you to your current health status.
We review notes, do research and work on a starting health plan unique to your needs.
Duration 1 hour. We outline initial thoughts on your health, joining the dots for you and establish with you the best approach to deliver results.
Follow Up Consultations
Duration 30 – 45 minutes. Discussions on how you are feeling and how your health is progressing. Time to tweak processes until it’s the best fit for your best health.
At no point should you feel like you have been “cast adrift” to fend for yourself.
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.
We are always happy to answer a question.