Naturopathy can help with:
We are all impacted by stress, but most of us under-estimate the effects prolonged stress can have on our health. Many common health problems have stress as a contributing factor. If you’re suffering from insomnia, headaches, anxiety, recurrent infections, there’s a good chance that stress is an underlying cause.
Although it’s often not possible to take the stress away, naturopathic remedies work by supporting your body’s response to stress and reducing the effects of stress on your body. Your body’s natural energy stores are restored.
Anxiety is a feeling of fear or concern that is often paralysing and quite torturous for those who experience it. When anxiety starts to affect quality of life and day to day activities you should take action to treat it.
Symptoms of anxiety can include:
• Worry or obsessive thinking
• Heart palpitations
• Shortness of breath
• Tense muscles
One of the identifying factors of anxiety is that the worried thoughts are out of proportion to the event or action that is being worried about.
Naturopathic treatment can help identify any contributing factors to anxiety such as nutritional deficiencies and dietary imbalances. Herbal medicine provides gentle support to the nervous system and helps to bring the body back into balance.
Various nutritional and biochemical imbalances compromise the production and effects of neurotransmitters in the brain, exacerbating mental health problems such as depression. Examples of imbalances include:
• Protein deficiency
• Sugar imbalance
• Low zinc intake and absorption
• Essential fatty acid deficiency
• Heavy metal toxicity
• Disturbed thyroid and/or adrenal function.
Targeted clinical nutrition and herbal therapy address these imbalances. Naturopathy works very well alongside treatment from GPs and psychologists to ensure a holistic approach to treatment and the best outcome for the patient. It’s possible for many nutritional and some herbal treatments to be given alongside orthodox medical treatments to enhance their effectiveness.
There is the fatigue we experience after a couple of nights’ broken sleep and then there’s the overwhelming fatigue that is constant, and affects our day to day life. It’s important to investigate possible causes of such a fatigue. Detailed questions about diet and lifestyle may provide some clues as to contributing factors, but it may also be necessary to have some blood tests to investigate iron levels and thyroid function.
If a blood test shows there is no underlying cause, but you are still feeling sluggish and have low energy levels, there are many possible reasons for this. Contributing factors include stress, inadequate diet, food intolerances, poor quality sleep, depression and anxiety. Dietary modifications, herbs and nutritional supplements can address the cause of fatigue.
Good sleep is essential to optimum daytime energy levels and it is important to obtain both enough sleep hours but also quality. Naturopathic treatment is able to assist in falling asleep more easily, reduce night waking and help people fall back to sleep after being disturbed, more readily.
Menopause is not a disease that needs to be cured; it is a natural transition of life for women that can sometimes induce some difficult symptoms. The woman’s changing levels of hormones cause most of the symptoms such as hot flushes or night sweats. Symptoms will often appear while a woman is still having periods, and can be experienced for many years. This stage up until the woman has her last period is called peri-menopause.
The most common symptoms are:
• hot flushes and/or night sweats
• insomnia or changes in sleeping patterns
• mood swings/irritability
• memory or concentration problems
• vaginal dryness
• heavy bleeding
• sexual disinterest
There is evidence that stress worsens menopausal symptoms. Naturopathic herbs work to modulate hormone levels and also support a woman’s stress response. There are also many dietary changes that can provide phytoestrogenic support. There is no need to suffer debilitating symptoms through the menopausal period, naturopathic remedies are very effective.
Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) or pre-menstrual tension (PMT) is a condition characterised by symptoms that occur before the period begins (usually a week to 10 days) and ends with the onset of the menstrual bleed.
There are several common symptoms of PMS including:
• Tension, irritability, emotional outbursts
• Very low moods and anxiety
• Fluid retention (i.e. bloating)
• Migraines or headaches
• Breast tenderness
• Food,carbohydrate and sugar cravings
Naturopathic treatment involves the modulation of any hormonal imbalances, correction of nutrient deficiencies and the adjustment of any negative lifestyle factors.
Naturopaths take digestion very seriously. We work with an underlying belief that a person is only as well as their digestion. If your digestion is not working well you won’t be absorbing nutrients well and possibly you will be absorbing undesirable toxins through your intestinal wall. This can be the root cause of a whole range of health problems.
Naturopathy is very effective at treating digestive complaints such as:
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Reflux or heartburn
• Intestinal dysbiosis and leaky gut
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition characterised by inflammation and destruction of the joints. Osteoarthritis is a result of chronic degeneration of the joints by the destruction of joint cartilage. Both forms of arthritis result in inflammation – both within joints and systemically. Naturopathically we can work to decrease inflammation and provide remedies to relieve pain. A lot of pain relief can also be gained from altering the diet to be anti-inflammatory. Good results are obtained when treatment is combined with manual therapy such as osteopathy.
Colds and Flus
If you regularly catch colds and flu’s your immune system may be struggling to protect you from infections. Viruses not bacteria cause both the common cold and influenza. While antibiotics are effective against bacteria, modern medicine has little to offer in terms of overcoming these common viruses.
Naturopathic treatment however can help enormously as many herbs are anti-viral as well as immune enhancing. Herbs and nutritional supplements can support and enhance your immune system so that you recover faster from the infection and are less susceptible to future infections. There are also simple dietary and lifestyle strategies you can employ to reduce your risk of catching colds and flus.
Dysfunction of the thyroid can cause a number of different symptoms. For a small gland, it can have very large effects on the body. Hyperthyroidism is a state of over-activity involving excessive production of thyroid hormones and an increased metabolic rate. Functions in the body are sped up, often to an uncomfortable level. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism can include:
• Weight loss
• Anxiety, restlessness and insomnia
• Excessive sweating
• Increased heart rate
• Feeling hot
Hypothyroidism, on the other hand, is a state of under-activity of the thyroid gland with an underproduction of thyroid hormone. When not enough thyroid hormone is produced, the body’s metabolism slows so much that you can experience symptoms such as:
• Tiredness and fatigue
• Weight gain
• Intolerance to cold weather
• Brittle hair
• Slow heart rate
• A croaky, hoarse voice
Testing your thyroid is essential to see what your levels are. Thyroid conditions may be caused by an autoimmune condition or other causes such as nutritional deficiencies or stress. Herbal medicine can help calm the thyroid and alleviate the symptoms in hyperthyroidism and specific nutrients are useful in hypothyroidism. Dietary strategies are effective in increasing or decreasing thyroid hormone production.