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Naturopathy;

What is a naturopath?

Naturopathy is a system of holistic health care that encompasses the specific use of natural medicines such as western herbal medicine, nutritional supplements and dietary advice, homeopathic medicines, flower essences and aromatherapy essential oils for the treatment of various health problems.

Naturopaths are health care practitioners who are trained in both science and natural medicine.

What health problems may benefit from natural medicine?

Naturopathy is a gentle, safe and effective form of treatment for the whole family and may be used to assist with a various health problems including ;

  • Digestive problems (constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, food intolerances, heartburn, indigestion etc)
  • Skin conditions (acne, eczema/dermatitis, urticaria, rashes etc)
  • Respiratory problems ( recurrent colds/flu, asthma, sinus congestion, allergic rhinitis etc)
  • Menstrual issues ( PMS, painful or irregular menses, polycystic ovaries, endometriosis etc)
  • Fertility and preconception care (including low/poor sperm quality/count)
  • Children's health care (recurrent colds/flu, sinus problems, glue ear, colic, wind, constipation, allergies, eczema, sleeping difficulties etc)

How long does a naturopathic consultation last for and what should I expect?

Initial consultations typically take an hour and involve a thorough case history as well as a detailed look at your diet, lifestyle and current stresses. Physical Examination as well as specific tests (e.g. food allergy tests, hair analysis testing etc) may be conducted.

An individualised treatment plan is then outlined for you which may include various natural medicines as well as dietary and lifestyle advice.

Can I take natural medicines with my medication from my doctor?

Many natural medicines can be taken in conjunction with medication prescribed by your doctor. However, there are a small number of natural medicines which are not appropriate to take with certain prescriptive medications. Your naturopath is trained to be aware of such interactions and will advise you accordingly.

How long does it take to work?

Natural medicines are gentle and therefore often need to be taken for a longer period of time before you see an improvement in your health. Most people with chronic health problems experience positive changes within 2 weeks of starting a course of natural medicine. Your existing state of health, current medications and lifestyle will all affect how quickly you may respond.

Your naturopath will be able to give you a more accurate indication once she has more information about your health and your particular health problem.


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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

  • Who can benefit from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

    Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) provides benefits for many ailments, including: 

 
  •  Autism
 
  • Muscle and Joint Pain
 
  • Sports Performance and Injuuries
 
  • Chronic Fatigue
 
  • Stress
 
  • Arthritis
 
  • Sleep Disorders
 
  • Post-Surgery Healing
 
  • Poor Circulation
 
  • Skin Rejuvenation
 

...and many more, including using HBOT for your general wellbeing.

 

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen is a mode of therapy in which patient breathes 100% oxygen at pressures greater than normal atmospheric (sea level) pressure.The use of oxygen under pressure aids in reducing recovery time for sports injuries, reduces swelling, speeds recovery time for surgery and bruising as well as improving general well being.

 

How does it Work?

The mild hyperbaric chamber is filled with compressed ambient air from 2 to 4.5 pounds per square inch (PSI). This is equivalent to being 11 feet under sea level. The increased pressure allows the blood plasma and other liquids of the body to absorb additional oxygen uptake by the cells, glands, organs, brain and fluids of the body. The resulting uptake of oxygen allows for increased circulation areas with swelling or inflammation. Oxygen is then utilised by the body for vital cell function and healthier cells equal healthier tissues and organs.

 

Are there any side effects?

There are no dangerous side effects with HBOT. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when preparing for your first session:

1.

Some people experience mild discomfort to the ears when pressurizing the chamber, not unlinke during the ascending part of an airplane trip.

2.

Some people following their first few sessions, experience slight fatigue as the body sweeps itself clear of toxic debris that has built up in the body. This is entirely safe and necessary, and should not be of any concern.

3.

It is advisable that you wear comfortable, loose clothing. Bring something to read as the sessions last about 60 minutes. You may want to bring a favourite CD, DVD player etc.

4.

Do not drink large amounts of fluids prior to entering the chamber

 

What can I expect during my sessions?

It takes approximately five minutes for the chamber to inflate once inside. This allows enough room for an adult to sit upright or lay fully extended.

After the chamber inflates, it will begin to pressurize. This is the time you may experience pressure in your ears. Therea are several, easy ways to relieve any slight discomfort this may cause. At your session we will take you through the best methods, including if you are a parent with a small child or infant.

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