FAQs

Why should I see a Naturopth?

People choose to see naturopaths for various reasons from the management of everyday issues such as headaches and stress to the treatment of debilitating autoimmune conditions.

 

Like many of the clients that we treat, you may fit into one of these categories:

 
  • you may be very unwell and conventional medicine has been unable to help you
  • you don’t feel 100% and know that you should and could be feeling a lot better or
  • you would simply like to have your general state of health and diet reviewed
 
Naturopathy can be useful in each of these scenarios. Your initial consultation will always involve a thorough case history analysis enabling your naturopath to determine whether things such diet, lifestyle, family history, hormones and infection have contributed to the way that you are feeling today.
 
Your naturopath will listen to you and where relevant, explain possible reasons as to how you have come to feel the way that you do.  She will work through a dietary and lifestyle plan with you to ensure that you receive practical advice that is easy to follow.
 
Your naturopath will recommend natural medicine supplements only if she feels that they are a necessary part of your treatment that will facilitate a speedier return to health.
How do I choose a good Naturopath?

Simple, ask questions.  Ask as many questions as you need to feel confident that the person that you are going to share private health details with is a qualified, knowledgeable and ethical practitioner.  A good naturopath will welcome your questions and concerns.  A good naturopath will not only answer your questions but put your mind at ease and gain your confidence in his/ her knowledge.

 
 

Ask questions as to what your consultation will involve.  Will it be a simple case taking history or will any physical examinations and tests be included? Will you receive dietary and lifestyle suggestions at your first visit and are you obliged to purchase supplements?

 
 

A good naturopath will aim to educate, empower and motivate you to assume more responsibility for your health. They will guide you through adopting a healthy attitude, lifestyle and diet to support your quality of life, health and wellbeing, thus preventing disease.

 
 

And of course, a good naturopath will hold either a Bachelor of Health Science Naturopathy or an Advanced diploma in Naturopathy.  They will be a member of a professional association for natural therapists and attend regular professional seminars to keep up-to-date with recent research and developments within the natural health industry.

What can I expect from my initial Naturopathic consultation
  • A detailed case taking of your present health concerns information is gathered regarding onset and nature of your symptoms, your medical history and where relevant review of family history
  • Dietary and lifestyle assessment (including work/ study/ home routine)
  • Find out what your diet is lacking and what changes you need to implement to address these deficiencies
  • Specific questions relating to associated body systems (immune, nervous or digestive system etc)
  • Towards the end of the consultation, your naturopath will conduct a brief physical assessment that may include iris analysis and examination of the tongue and fingernails
  • An understanding as to how your symptoms have come about will be explained to you and a therapeutic plan will be devised with your input.
  • Your therapeutic plan will include dietary advice, utilising common, wholesome foods that are specific to your presentation.  In addition to this, herbal medicines, vitamin and mineral supplements may be recommended to assist the body in its healing process.
  • A well-designed plan will provide you with symptomatic relief whilst addressing the key underlying factors that will prevent your symptoms from recurring.
  • Your naturopaths� role is to educate, empower and motivate you!  You are encouraged to take responsibility for your health by learning how to make the most appropriate diet and lifestyle choices.
  • You will learn which foods will increase your energy levels and improve your quality of life and which will deplete you.  You will learn how to manage your time efficiently to incorporate regular exercise and ensure optimal sleep.  Armed with this knowledge you will have the tools to help you maintain balance in your life!
  • Healthy living does of course require some planning on your part.  Let Vita provide you with some wholesome shortcuts to make a healthy lifestyle a little easier for you!
  • Duration 1 hr
Are prescribed supplements included in the consultation fee?

No.  Any prescribed supplements are sold in addition to your consultation fee.  Supplements start from $7 – $50 in price, with an average cost of $25 per item. All products are sold at competitive and affordable prices.

I am taking pharmaceutical medications, can I still see a naturopath?

Yes.  Your naturopath has a thorough understanding as to which pharmaceutical medications must not be used alongside naturopathic supplements and those that may be used safely together.

You may also wish to make use your naturopath’s knowledge to gain a better understanding of dietary and lifestyle changes that will be favourable in the treatment of your condition.

You may ask your naturopath to liaise with your doctor/ specialist – to keep them better informed as to the care that you are undertaking outside of their treatment.

Contact Vita

Location

73A Napier Street
Essendon, VICTORIA

(Corner of Napier St & Raleigh St - our clinic is located within Lifespan Osteopathy)

Make an Appointment

Book easily and quickly online.

Open Hours

Tuesday: 9:30am - 7pm

Wednesday: 9:30am - 1pm

Thursday: 10am - 7:30pm

By Appointment.

PH: 0425 724 705

Contact Vita

Location

73A Napier Street
Essendon, VICTORIA

(Corner of Napier St & Raleigh St – our clinic is located within Lifespan Osteopathy)

Make an Appointment

Book easily and quickly online.

Open Hours

Tuesday: 9:30am – 7pm
Thursday: 10am – 7:30pm

By Appointment.

PH: 0425 724 705