Today, the study of Naturopathy is a 4 year Bachelor of Health Science degree, with a large proportion of the time being dedicated to medical sciences. A Naturopath balances themselves nicely between the medical world whilst still having a thorough understanding of the core fundamentals of natural health. A Naturopath will use treatments like nutrition, herbal medicine, homoeopathy and massage to help the body heal itself. The foundations of naturopathy, such as the importance of diet, clean fresh water, sunlight, exercise, stress management, family and community involvement are the basis for treatment and each person is treated individually. Naturopathic treatment focuses on treating both the cause of disease and the symptoms themselves.
Disorders commonly treated by naturopaths
- Digestive complaints – IBS, colitis, candida
- Mood disorders, anxiety and depression
- Degenerative illnesses, such as arthritis
- Premenstrual tension and menopause
- High blood pressure / cholesterol
- Hormonal imbalances / fertility issues
- Skin complaints – eczema, psoriasis
- Cold and flu / glue ear / tonsillitis
Modalities of Naturopathy
Western herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine in society. The practitioner makes use of extracts and tinctures derived exclusively from plants. Herbal preparations are able to balance the whole body, unlike pharmaceuticals which often only work on one specific system. Modern herbal medicine is safe when used appropriately and is constantly backed up by updated research.
Nutrition is the treatment of disorders using food and supplementation as medicine. With the fast paced stressful lifestyle of our society, many of us are eating highly refined foods. This diet does not supply us with the nutrients we need to maintain good health. The naturopathic nutritionist uses fresh whole foods and supplements to re-establish an optimum nutritional status required for good health.
Homeopathy uses the principle of ‘like cures like’, for example when a cut onion makes our eyes water and nose run, the use of Allium cepa (onion) in the homeopathic form can cure a runny nose and watery eyes. Homeopathics are extremely safe, often work quickly and are very effective with kids.
Naturopathy is not suitable for medical emergencies
Please go directly to the hospital or local doctors’ surgery for urgent medical assistance.
For more information, please speak to our friendly team at Scone Inspire Health.
Let your health care providers know about any medications or remedies you are taking that have been prescribed by your naturopath.
Scone Inspire Health Naturopath
Karen Carter has a Bachelor of Health Science (C.Med) (Naturopathy); Masters in Occupational Therapy; Post Grad Diploma in Live Blood Analysis (Hemaview), Bio-Impedance and Dry Needling.
Karen is a member of Member the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (mem No. 7659); and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA: OCC0001717529).