Naturopathic care is a natural form of health care that is used to help prevent and treat illnesses, to restore balance and to encourage health and wellbeing. It can be used as a treatment for acute and chronic conditions affecting individuals of all ages and health status and it can be used in conjunction with medical care where necessary.
The role of a Naturopath is to guide and support patients in their own process of healing. We spend the time required to hear our patients’ story and always strive to find and address the causes of their health issues. We invite questions and discussion and believe that the best medicine is done as a collaboration between patient and practitioner. At Wellness Hub Eltham you will be viewed as the unique individual you are. Nutritional and herbal remedies, as well as dietary and lifestyle recommendations will be customised to suit your health concerns, goals and budget.
Naturopaths practice under a unique model of healthcare. The best of modern, scientific, evidence-based methods and diagnostic techniques are combined with traditional, natural, treatment strategies. For people who want a practitioner who is scientifically-oriented, yet highly-trained and skilled in the use of nutritional medicine, dietary supplements and herbal medicines, Naturopaths offer an ideal option.
Naturopaths specialise in nutritional medicine, which includes the assessment and modification of dietary habits, nutritional deficiencies and imbalances. Often, food alone can provide us with the energy and vital nutrients necessary to remain healthy and prevent disease. However, nutrient imbalances can occur from poor dietary choices, food intolerances and allergies, gastrointestinal dysfunction, inflammation and environmental influences, which can make our body more susceptible to illness. Wellness Hub Eltham develops individual food and nutrition plans, while providing ongoing education and support regarding food choices and changes so that you can reach and maintain your health and wellbeing goals.
One of the earliest forms of medicine, herbal medicine relies on both traditional knowledge and modern scientific research of herbs to provide a strong platform for most health complaints. It is a safe and effective form of health care that can be used for acute illnesses, such as coughs or colds, as well as for chronic states such as stress, autoimmune, hormonal or metabolic conditions. All herbal medicines are made exclusively from plants and are often used in liquid or tablet formulas. Although herbal medicines offer a safe and effective treatment to a wide variety of conditions, there is potential for interactions and side effects. It is therefore important that herbs should only be taken under the supervision of a qualified Naturopath or Herbalist to ensure maximum safety and effectiveness. At Wellness Hub Eltham, only herbs that are sourced from reputable companies with quality assured plants to ensure the best possible outcomes are used.
Mental attitudes and emotional states are an important part of healing and disease. Naturopathy provides an holistic approach to health by supporting the mind, body and spirit. Naturopaths are trained in lifestyle counselling and offer a supportive network to achieve your health goals by helping you to identify and address habits and barriers that may be affecting your health. Lifestyle counselling provides support and guidance with goal setting, mindfulness, affirmations, journaling, exercise and relaxation techniques.
The body has the inherent ability to maintain and restore health. However, at times the body may need some encouragement. A Naturopath’s role is to facilitate this process, to identify and remove obstacles to health and recovery, and to identify the best ways to support your body in this task. Naturopathy not only treats the symptoms, but also aims to address the cause, severity, duration and reoccurrence of the condition.
Tradition + Latest Science
Naturopathy encompasses thousands of years of traditional approaches to health while also including the latest advances of medical scientific research. It draws upon a combination of prescribed natural therapies and healing techniques including diet, herbal and nutritional medicine, lifestyle factors, homeopathy and flower essences to supports the body’s inherent ability to heal and repair. I pride myself on providing top quality TGA/Practitioner approved Australian herbal, vitamin and mineral supplements with proven safety standards.
Each and every client is treated as an individual. There is no one model for health, we are all unique and the job of a Naturopath is to find a tailored fit for your body, not someone else’s or a ‘text book disease’. Likewise, no one single diet will work for everyone. While Paleo may be suitable for some, Vegan with lots of grains and fibre could be a winner for others. There is often a nutritional supplement can help to support your health, however there may also be a dietary or behavioural change that is a better and longer lasting solution for you.
Naturopaths work in conjunction with all other health care professionals, including your GP. Where necessary and with your consent, they will notify your other health care providers of treatment to ensure a combined approach for an appropriate, safe and targeted health plan. This ensures you get the best health care possible.
Anyone can see a Naturopath, and you don’t have to be unwell. Often people wanting more energy, hoping to prevent illness or simply wanting dietary advice will book in with a Naturopath. Others who are hoping to become pregnant or want support during pregnancy or the postnatal period will seek the help of a Naturopath.