What is naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathy is based on the belief that the body has the ability to heal itself. The focus of naturopathic consultations is to treat the cause of ill health and support the body to regain normal functioning. Many naturopathic therapies are also very effective in alleviating the symptoms of illness to improve your quality of life. Naturopaths are very careful to avoid treatments that would cause unwanted side-effects.
Naturopaths use herbal medicine, adjustments to diet and lifestyle as part of a wholistic approach to strengthening the body’s natural defenses against disease.
Why see a naturopath?
In the modern urban environment, our bodies are exposed to toxins that can, over time, make negative impacts on our health. There has been an explosion in the number of people suffering from allergies to foodstuffs, mould, pollens and dust-mites. Naturopathic approaches to the treatment of allergic reactions have been highly effective for many people.
Naturopaths may also be more helpful than conventional General Medical Practitioner, for conditions where there is no “disease” that can be easily labelled, but a general feeling of low energy, lethargy or mild depression and anxiety.
What conditions do naturopaths treat?
Naturopaths can treat a wide range of conditions but some of the most commonly treated are:
- Allergies resulting in skin and respiratory problems
- Chronic Fatigue
- Poor circulation
- Digestive / Gastro-intestinal complaints
- Menopausal symptoms
We often coach our patients on certain activities they should stay away from or do differently to avoid aggravating their particular health challenge.
Our goal is to help every patient achieve a fulfilling and happy lifestyle full of the activities they enjoy most. We recognise that each of our patients is different and unique, therefore help them reach true health and wellness as a collaborate effort between our Chiropractors, Naturopath and our patients.
Dr. John is qualified in Herbal and Homeopathic Medicine and registered with all Health Funds. At Spectrum Health Care we can provide specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to enhance our patients’ return to optimal health.
Do you know which supplements and vitamins are good for you? Dr. John Hitzke can give some guidance as for what is needed to maintain a healthy life style.