Naturopathy is an integrated approach to healing, combining evidence-based herbal and nutritional medicines with diet and lifestyle therapy.
What is Naturopathy?
A naturopath treats both the symptoms and the underlying cause of illness. In this way, naturopathy encourages your body’s own innate healing ability by improving your vitality.
Naturopathy seeks to treat complaints holistically, taking into account all aspects of your health. Naturopathy works harmoniously alongside traditional Western medicine and compliments other modalities beautifully.
Adjustments to your diet and lifestyle may be implemented, alongside nutritional supplements and powerful herbs. These work like medicines to direct particular areas of your body to function in better ways, such as changing blood pressure or improving digestion.
What does a Naturopath treat?
Naturopathy can be used to treat and support almost any health condition including:
- Hormonal imbalances such as endometriosis, PCOS, PMS, painful or irregular periods
- Mental health conditions such as anxiety and mild depression
- Digestive issues such as bloating, SIBO, IBS and food intolerances
- Respiratory conditions such as acute infections and asthma
- Immune conditions such as autoimmune disease and allergies
- Skin issues such as acne and eczema
What is involved in the New Client Treatment Plan Package?
Your New Client Treatment Plan Package involves 2 appointments with our naturopath, Lee, to get you started on your health journey, as well as a complimentary Treatment Plan outlining the steps needed for you to reach your health goals.
Your 90-minute initial consultation will involve collecting data about your case history and your presenting health issues. The information gathered helps to clarify your health needs to create a manageable treatment plan. Our naturopath may also use functional testing and other non-invasive diagnostic techniques to gather further information in between your appointments.
At your second consultation (scheduled 1-3 weeks after your initial consultation) your practitioner will provide you with a comprehensive Treatment Plan. This is your personalised plan designed to help resolve your symptoms by finding the underlying cause. We aim to do this within a realistic timeframe (depending on the complexity of your situation and how long it has been happening). An ongoing maintenance plan will be devised to then take you from symptom-less to optimal health and feeling amazing!
Naturopaths use a range of treatment options including herbal tinctures, nutritional supplements as well as dietary and lifestyle advice.
Healing with herbs
Herbal medicine is an important component of the naturopathic approach. Naturopaths can use powerful plant extracts to treat almost any type of health condition. These plant extracts contain phytochemicals- the active constituents that fight disease, promote the healthy function of the body’s tissues and stimulate the body’s own ability to heal and repair. Herbal medicine has been in use for centuries by many cultures around the world. This strong history of traditional use is increasingly being supported by science with advances in technological analysis and clinical research, contributing to the body of evidence available.
How does herbal medicine work?
Herbal medicines work very similarly to pharmaceutical medicines. In fact, many of our modern-day pharmaceutical drugs were derived from plant phytochemicals. However, unlike pharmaceutical drugs which are made up of only one constituent, herbal extracts contain a variety of powerful active constituents that work together to restore your health. This makes the herbal extracts gentler and less likely to causes unwanted side effects.
Will I need supplements?
Depending on your condition, you may be prescribed supplements. These can picked up at one of our local health food stores in Fitzroy (Wild Things), North Carlton (Clay) or Northcote (Terra Madre), or we can organise delivery from an online service to your door if that’s easier.
Naturopathy covered under your NDIS plan
Naturopathy at The Urban Alchemist is also funded by the NDIS plan. If you are a NDIS participant you can book your sessions and any other complimentary appointments including acupuncture or hypnotherapy. Your self-managed or plan-managed NDIS package is all you need to be eligible so please contact our reception staff for further information on using your NDIS plan to book your treatments.
Naturopathy Collingwood, Clifton Hill and Fitzroy
Naturopathy treatments help to support many of our clients from Collingwood, Clifton Hill, and Fitzroy. We treat all surrounding areas of our beautiful and easy to access clinic, including Brunswick, Brunswick East and Northcote. Your efforts towards health are celebrated at The Urban Alchemist. We also provide the aftercare and integrative services that you may need. Our practitioners treat to the highest professional standard so please get in touch.
- New Client Treatment Plan Package ~ 90 minutes ~ $300
- Review Consultations ~ 30 minutes ~ $95