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 that lend themselves to naturopathic treatment.
The structure of my naturopathic treatment approach 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.
One-on-one, individual consultations* are the best way to get the personalised and tailored treatment you need.
*available via zoom or in the clinic
My passion is getting to the underlying cause/s of your symptoms. Areas of interest include:
- women’s health
- thyroid and adrenal disorders
- mental health, particularly anxiety and depression
- fatigue, energy and sleep issues
- digestive problems
- auto-immune conditions
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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.
As your naturopath I 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. I 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 I believe in taking it slowly and setting realistic, achievable goals.
Prescribing herbal medicines when indicated – I use liquid, powder 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 I work in conjunction with doctors and specialists, and where possible make use of your existing pathology tests.
So, in a nutshell, I 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 Kaye
Maybe you have seen a naturopath before or maybe this is all new to you. Either way, naturopathy is a very broad term that can encompass many different ways of treating you and different naturopaths will have different qualifications and approaches.
Here is some information to help you understand the naturopathic approach at LaVida Health.
I aim to use dietary and lifestyle advice as my main tools for achieving sustained improvement in your health. I 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 consultation process
The process of understanding your health issues is often complex. Taking a very detailed history of your health is important. It may be beneficial to have some general pathology tests done (if you haven’t already done this). I may also ask you to complete questionnaires or keep a symptom diary. Every person is different, and it will depend on your unique situation. I will discuss this with you prior to and during your first appointment.
Depending on how complex your health concerns are, multiple appointments over the course of a few months may be necessary.
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 me know and I will prioritise treatments. I am always mindful of this and on the lookout for ways to streamline treatments to keep costs to a minimum. Remember, you are making an investment in your long term health.
The best results are achieved when we work together and when you actively participate in improving your health. I regularly maintain and encourage email or phone contact in-between appointments.
Duration 60-90 minutes. An opportunity to tell your health story covering all factors which have led to your current health status.
Between the first and second appointments, I will review all the information you have provided, do research if required and put together a care plan unique to your needs.
Duration 1 hour. I will outline my initial thoughts on your health, joining the dots for you and establish with you the best approach to deliver the results you seek.
Follow Through or momentum Consultations
Duration 30-60 minutes. Shorter momentum appointments to keep you on track or longer appointments to discuss how you are feeling and how your health is progressing. Time to tweak processes and re-assess to keep you on an upwards health trajectory.
At no point should you feel like you have been “cast adrift” to fend for yourself.
Once my clients have achieved their short and long-term health goals, I 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.
I am always happy to answer a question.