Community Health Stores (CHS) have a range of trusted experts and healthcare professionals on hand to assist you with your health and well-being needs. Serena Donaldson, a CHS naturopath at Tonic Health, tells us about naturopathy and its benefits.
Naturopathy is a form of natural medicine, which promotes the body’s natural ability to heal itself through diet, lifestyle, herbal remedies and other natural approaches.
It involves learning about the root of the cause of a disease or symptoms, and supporting all body systems in a holistic way.
One of naturopathy’s premises is that ‘prevention is better than cure’, and it works effectively to prevent as well as treat many ailments.
Many conditions can be improved and managed by naturopathy, including hormone imbalances, poor immunity, digestive issues, food intolerances, stress and sleeping difficulties. In fact, almost any healthcare issue can be supported by naturopathy. All CHS naturopaths are qualified, bound by a code of ethics and rules of practice.
As a complementary medicine, naturopathy can be used alongside most allopathic medical treatments.
It’s important to remember some herbs and supplements may be contraindicated with certain medications or conditions, which is why it’s important to work with practitioners who are aware of these interactions. For those with complex medical conditions and treatments, it’s recommended they consult their doctor before embarking on any complementary support.
Most CHS stores offer in-house naturopath consultations, or can recommend a qualified naturopath for you to visit. During a consultation, the naturopath will look into the client’s health history, diet, lifestyle, and each body system to identify the root cause of any symptoms. The naturopath will then tailor an individual treatment plan, which may include supplements, herbal formulas and lifestyle recommendations.
So whether you’re working on a weight management plan, under stress, looking to move to a plant-based diet, or just want to improve your health and well-being, a consultation with a naturopath could be a good starting point.
Come in-store and speak with one of our naturopaths to see how we can help you with your personal health journey.