Naturopathy

What is Naturopathy
Naturopathy adopts a holistic approach to health and wellbeing by treating both the underlying cause of illness and its presenting symptoms. It encourages the body’s own innate healing ability, by increasing vitality – enabling the body to heal itself.

By using a combination of natural therapies and healing techniques; including herbal medicine, nutritional and mineral supplements, dietary and lifestyle advice and flower essences; naturopathy can help bring your body into balance and address underlying health issues. Most importantly, naturopathy determines the cause of a complaint and seeks to treat it holistically. Naturopathy can work harmoniously alongside traditional Western medicine and complements other modalities beautifully.

What happens in a naturopathy session?

A detailed case history is taken looking at current concerns, past history and family history.  When necessary it also uses non-invasive diagnostic techniques such as tongue and nail analysis, iridology and results from medical tests and assessments. All this data forms the basis of an individual therapeutic plan, which includes dietary and lifestyle advice. Herbal tinctures, supplements and flower essences may be prescribed, taking into consideration the client’s intention and budget.

Natural fertility education

Are you trying to conceive? Are you having problems with your cycle? Do you have difficulty tolerating the contraceptive pill and other hormone-based contraception?

Learning about your menstrual cycle is an empowering tool for all women. Charting your menstrual cycle by using basal body temperature, observations or ovulation kits, or a combination of these can illustrate your particular pattern and fertile times of the month.

Once you recognise these patterns within yourself you will be able to make more conscious decisions when trying to conceive (or not). You gain a greater understanding of your body and your menstrual cycle and gain a sense of control over decisions regarding future contraception.

Stress, anxiety & depression

Do you feel that you avoid certain activities, places and people due to fear, panic or embarrassment; you avoid places with crowds; you have tried anti-depressants but they didn’t work or the side effects were too bad; you don’t like taking medications for depression, anxiety or stress; you can’t fall asleep or you wake up during the night with a busy mind and falling back to sleep is impossible; are you feeling tired and have no energy; have your eating patterns or behaviours changed?

What can I expect at my first naturopathy consult?

Our naturopaths will conduct a thorough and comprehensive health questionnaire to gain a better understanding of your particular health concerns and medical history. We take an holistic approach in assessing patients health conditions in order to identify the underlying cause of why you don’t feel right. We will assess your diet and any lifestyle factors including sleep, work, exercise, home routine and relaxation time.

Naturopaths at Anamaya Health Solutions are highly skilled in interpreting blood test results (so please bring them with you) and we may request further testing be conducted. Assessments may include Vega testing, Iridology, tongue, pulse and fingernail analysis, salivary hormone testing, or several other functional medical tests.
To discover more please follow these links to our testing and assessments pages.

Once your assessment is complete, our Naturopaths will explain to you how your symptoms have come about. A therapeutic plan will then be discussed with you. Naturopathic medicine is an integrated approach to medicine that combines evidence-based medicine with practical and achievable common sense goals aimed at increasing your vitality and achieving optimum health.

Nutritional Medicine utilises the therapeutic value of food to assist in the treatment of health issues. Your practitioner will look closely at your signs and symptoms in order to offer you relief, and determine and treat their causes. Treatment is then aimed at removing barriers to the healing process, balancing and nurturing a healthy body, and educating you on how you can take more responsibility for your own health and wellness. Treatment plans generally include specialised diet programs, personalised lifestyle advice and nutritional supplementation.

Your initial consultation will include collecting data of your case history and of your presenting health enquiry or issue. The information gathered helps to clarify and order your health needs to create a manageable treatment plan. Follow-up consultations are aimed at monitoring your progress and making any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan as your health needs evolve and change.

The holistic nature of Nutritional Medicine ensures that all areas of your life are included in your health assessment, exploring physical, environmental, social and emotional factors. By providing a holistic, less invasive treatment plan, Nutritional Medicine holds enormous potential to change people’s lives.

What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal medicine uses 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?

The way herbal medicine works has similarities to pharmacy medicine.  In fact, many of our modern-day pharmaceutical drugs were derived from plant phytochemicals. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, which are made up of one active constituent, herbal extracts contain a variety of active constituents that work together to restore health. This makes herbal extracts more gentle and less likely to have undesirable side effects.

What is herbal medicine good for?

Herbal medicine can be used to treat or support almost any health condition, including but not limited to:

  • Hormonal conditions such as endometriosis, PCOS, PMS, fibroids
  • Infertility
  • Digestive problems such as IBS, inflammatory bowel disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Respiratory conditions such as acute infections, asthma and chronic lung disease
  • Immune conditions such as autoimmune disease, acute or chronic infections, eczema, allergies
  • Musculoskeletal diseases such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
Can I get my herbal medicine from the supermarket or chemist?

There are many issues with the quality and efficacy of over-the-counter herbal medicines. Not all are tested for active constituents and contaminants, meaning you won’t always get the results you are after. Furthermore, herbal medicine prescribing is complex and you may not be able to make the best choice for you as an individual. It’s always better to seek the advice of a qualified naturopath or herbalist. At the Urban Alchemist, our naturopaths only use herbal medicines that are stringently tested for quality and efficacy and that far surpass even the strict guidelines set by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration. This ensures we bring you only the safest, most effective medicines.

Can I use herbal medicine if I am on prescription medicine?

In many cases herbal medicine can be used safely alongside prescription medications, but this can only be done under the supervision of a qualified herbalist or naturopath.

Book in for a consult with one of our naturopaths to get a personalised herbal medicine prescription, just for you.

Trying for a baby has become increasingly difficult for couples. Studies have shown that as many as 15% of couples experience fertility issues throughout their reproductive lives, and are seeking alternative options, including IVF and ART, to enhance their conception possibilities.

As a Naturopath and Acupuncturist, Dr Miranda Myles is in a unique position to work with and support patients through IVF and ART. Miranda has a thorough working knowledge of reproductive techniques. She understands, and is sympathetic to, both the physical and emotional distresses that may occur at this time.

Miranda Myles may assist in improving your IVF outcome in many ways:
  • Preconception health care has been shown to double IVF success rates. A Naturopath that specialises in this field best delivers preconception health care.
  • IVF can be a highly stressful time. This is a specialty field of Naturopathic medicine. Dr Miranda Myles is able to provide support for stress management, which enables IVF recipients to cope more effectively with ongoing treatment regimes.
  • Acupuncture significantly enhances IVF outcomes according to many studies and research.
Acupuncture & IVF

Studies have shown that as many as 15% of couples experience fertility issues throughout their reproductive lives, and are seeking alternative options to enhance their conception possibilities.

  • Acupuncture has been shown to be successful in enhancing IVF outcomes by as much as 60% compared with control groups.
  • Acupuncture increases the rates of pregnancy and live birth in women undergoing IVF technology.
  • Acupuncture has been shown to reduce the miscarriage rate and the number of tubal pregnancies associated with IVF technology.
  • Employed in the early stages of pregnancy, acupuncture demonstrates the ability to reduce subsequent miscarriage risk in women with a previous history of miscarriage.
  • Acupuncture improves blood flow to the uterus, benefitting the uterine lining and preparing it for pregnancy. It may improve and regulate hormone levels.
Cost

Prices vary according to the practitioner and length of treatment.
Please visit our Online Booking page or call our clinic for further information.

Hicaps private health insurance claiming available on Naturopathy. We recommend you contact your health fund to confirm your eligibility to claim.

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