Perth Natural Medical Clinic’s Naturopaths are:
Val Allen Dip.Ed., ND
Lesley Oakes ND, FAARM, ABAAHP Diplomate
Natalie Pickering ND
Sam Botica Dip.Hom., ND
Melissa Hohaia Adv.Dip.(Nat), Adv.Dip.(WHM), B.Sc.(Human Biology), Cert.(Health & Fitness), ND
Edward Enever Adv.Dip.(Nat)
What is Naturopathy? Val Allen explains:
Natural Therapy, or Naturopathy, aims to treat each patient as a whole person and endeavours to help each person attain a high level of energy and wellness physically, mentally and emotionally.
During a consultation, a naturopath will discuss the patient’s health history including any surgical procedures undertaken and present and past medication, as well as listening carefully to the symptom picture described by the patient. Observation of the patient will also reveal health clues – skin, hair, fingernails, tongue, iris, walking gait, dark circles beneath the eyes etc combine to aid the practitioner in assessing any underlying causes of poor health.
It is not uncommon for a patient to attend a naturopath because they feel tired or experience poor work performance rather than for a specific disease state. Sometimes lethargy, skin problems, digestive problems or inflammatory conditions are the result of poor diet, food sensitivities or emotional states and these are addressed. Sometimes, skeletal or soft tissue problems complicate health problems and these would be addressed separately.
There are various aids used by practitioners to help in their understanding and assessment of each case. Iridology can provide insight from the colour, texture and nerve tissue markings revealed in the iris and sclera of the eye; a Quantum reading can detail disturbances to the body’s normal function; a Hemaview picture of a blood sample can reveal abnormalities of blood tissue and the presence of undesirable elements such as microbial activity or toxicity and a Bio-Impedance Analysis can provide insight into the body’s biological age and the vitality of muscle and cellular activity. A homoeopathic study is valuable also.
Each naturopath at PNMC is fully trained in nutrition, herbal medicine and homoeopathy and some also practise Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. The main focus is on optimising diet to improve health and our skilled practitioners will select an appropriate regime of herbal, homoeopathic or nutritional supplements to correct health problems and improve vitality where appropriate.
All of our naturopaths are accredited by the Australian Natural Therapists Accreditation Board and are registered by the Federal Government’s Therapeutic Goods Administration, which allows them to prescribe high-potency therapeutic nutritional supplements designed to correct health problems as opposed to relatively low dosage nutritional supplements which are available over the counter. This ensures patients receive effective and cost-effective treatment.
Whether the patient is a young child, an active sportsperson, a busy mum, an overworked executive, a pregnant lady or an elderly frail patient appropriate help is available to improve the energy and health quality for each special patient.
Naturopathic consultations are covered by most major health funds.