Naturopath Bentleigh

What is naturopathy?

Fundamentally, naturopathy is an holistic approach to health and wellness that seeks to promote optimal health, assist in disease prevention, and treat pre-existing disease by addressing causative factors.

Naturopathy involves the use of dietary and lifestyle adjustment, as well as nutritional and herbal medicine, in order to promote health and resolve disease.

Naturopathic principles are based on treating each person as an individual, and treating each individual as a whole, for a happier, healthier life.

Why see a Naturopath?

Our qualified naturopath is trained to treat a wide range of health complaints, large and small, acute or long-standing. These might include:

– Digestive complaints including constipation/diarrhoea, bloating, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS), reflux.

– Immune conditions including allergies, infections, and autoimmune disease.

– Skin conditions including eczema and acne.

– Reproductive concerns including menstrual disturbance, period pain, polycystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis.

– Pre-conception care, fertility concerns and pregnancy.

– Weight management.

– Mental health concerns including stress, depression and anxiety.

Some frequently asked questions…

How long is a consultation and what can I expect?

An initial consultation can last up to 90 minutes and will focus on building a comprehensive picture of an individuals’ health history, current diet and lifestyle practices, and may employ some traditional naturopathic diagnostic techniques. The initial consultation will discuss patient concerns, goals and treatment preferences. Referral to other health practitioners may be discussed and provided depending on the individual patient.

The purpose of the initial consultation is to devise a detailed Wellness Plan for the individual which includes treatment goals and expected timeframes. The Wellness Plan will be presented to, and discussed with the patient during the first follow-up appointment, usually about a week later.

Further follow up appointments may last up to 45 minutes depending on the individual, and are used to measure treatment efficacy and patient progress. During this time, new symptom presentations are also discussed if relevant.

What should I bring?

– Recent blood test results;

– A list of any current medications or supplements (including dose and frequency of use).

Can I get a rebate from my health insurance?

Yes. Our naturopath is fully qualified and a member of the National Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA), which entitles patients to immediate rebates through our HICAPS machine. The rebate, however, depends on individual policies and level of cover.

Will I be told to stop taking my current medications?

No. Naturopaths can work alongside general medicine, the two are not mutually exclusive and should be thought of as complementary, as opposed to alternative practices.

I feel well, is there anything a naturopath can offer me?

Yes! Naturopathy is a wonderful tool to optimise health and help an individual to feel as well as they can, perhaps better than ever. Our naturopath is passionate about disease prevention and will work to identify current lifestyle practices or health trends that can be improved to optimise health.

How many treatments will I need?

This depends on the individual and will be discussed during the development of the individual Wellness Plan.

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