What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy, rooted in ancient holistic principles, has evolved into a comprehensive healthcare system. Originating in Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries, it is now practiced in 108 countries around the world. Naturopaths emphasise personalised care, aiming to address the root causes of illness alongside symptoms. Through in-depth consultations and potential diagnostic tests, practitioners craft individualized treatment plans, incorporating elements such as nutritional therapy, lifestyle adjustments, and mental wellness support.

What is Western Herbal Medicine?

Western Herbal Medicine harnesses the healing power of plants, a practice deeply rooted in human history. Herbalists utilise potent plant compounds to influence the body’s functioning. Skilled in preparing personalized blends of medicinal-grade herbs, they offer liquid formulations or dispense pre-packaged herbal products. In Australia, the lineage of Western Herbal Medicine dates back to the arrival of European plants with colonisation, which introduced European plants to the continent and laid the foundation for a herbal legacy deeply rooted in European traditions. New England Naturopathy also recognises the expansive and effective medicinal plants of Australia’s Indigenous Nations. Their deep connection to country and traditional knowledge is acknowledged and respected. Herbal medicine products are regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia.

Frequently asked questions

An integrative naturopath is a naturopath that can work in a collaborative environment with all other healthcare providers. This encourages open conversations between all your health practitioners (including general practitioners, mental health, bodywork and other members of the health team) to improve client goals and results.

In your initial consult, you will be asked permission for your naturopath to talk to other healthcare providers if it is suitable. You can revoke this permission at any time.

Our priority during your first appointment is to learn as much as we can about your health. By filling out your pre-appointment questionnaire(s), sharing your health history, and discussing your diet and lifestyle, we gain valuable insights that guide us in creating a personalised treatment plan just for you. If needed, we might recommend further tests, but rest assured, we’re here to support you throughout the process!

Yes, naturopaths can order blood and functional and environmental intolerance tests. The only thing to be aware of is Medicare does not cover these tests. An integrative naturopath might work with your general practitioner to receive copies of your test results to save doubling up on the same tests.

Naturopathy is an unregulated industry, and there is no title protection. This means that anyone can call themselves a naturopath. But not anyone can get an association membership to confirm they are a naturopath with a bachelor degree level of training.

In Australia, if a naturopath has association membership, it means they have a bachelor’s degree in naturopathy or the equivalent clinical experience. It is important to ask about their association membership.

Olivia Nivison is a member of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia; provider number 158721.

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