Naturopathy FAQ

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What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine employing a wide range of natural treatments including, homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutrition, diet and lifestyle. Naturopathic practice is based on the belief that the human body is able to heal itself through a special vital energy or force that is guiding the bodily processes internally.
Naturopaths adopt a holistic and non-invasive approach without the use of chemicals and drugs; naturopaths aim to prevent illness through stress reduction and changes to lifestyle (exercise, relaxation and meditation) and diet (eating certain foods while avoiding others). In fact, these natural approaches help restore the body’s innate ability to heal itself without the adverse effects of conventional medicine. A naturopathic practitioner, provides dietary advice and nutritional supplement to the clients. This is based on the therapeutic potentials and healing power of certain foods, diets, herbal medicines and supplements in addressing a broad range of health conditions.

What qualifications does your practitioner have?

Dr Shala Rasouli is a research scientist and she holds a PhD (PhD, Bachelor of Science with Honours) in cancer research and immunology. Additionally, Shala has completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) and is also a qualified Bowen therapist with a certificate IV in Bowen therapy.

How do Naturopathy supplements differ than those at the pharmacy?

The supplements and herbal medicines that are prescribed by our qualified Naturopath through our clinic are labelled as “Practitioner Only Range” (unique practitioner-formulated products). These nutritional or herbal supplements are made with the highest quality ingredients and are prescribed with confidence & continued practitioner support. These products are in a more bio-available and easy to absorb form.

What types of conditions can Naturopaths address?

  • Digestive system disorders
  • Reproductive and hormonal issues
  • Mental health
  • Respiratory issues
  • Cardiovascular support
  • Immune and cancer support
  • Liver and kidney support
  • Mental health support

Other illnesses:

  • High cholesterol
  • Insomnia
  • Headache/migraine
  • Thyroid abnormalities
  • Eczema

How many Naturopathy consults will I need?

Some clients may need 2-3 consultations while others may require months of treatment and support. The duration of the treatment is generally based on the severity of the individual’s condition and his/her commitment to making change.

What should clients expect when they visit our clinic?

    • First visit:
      An initial Naturopathic consultation runs for approximately 60-90 minutes. In this session a full case history will be taken which closely examines questions about client’s diet & lifestyle habits, mental & emotional status, family history, as well as specific questions about the main organs/systems of the body. The practitioner will then end the session with the routine physical examination which includes taking client’s blood pressure, iris reading as well as tongue and nail analyses. For this session, we recommend you bring all previous blood tests or reports related to your medical history.
    • Follow up consultations:
      During this visit the practitioner will re-evaluate your progress and provide any further advice or recommendations required. Please allow up to 30 minutes for all follow up visit.

Who has access to your records at the clinic?

You practitioner and practice manager are the only people who have access to your records.

Is a referral required?

Naturopaths are primary health care providers, therefore a GP referral is not required to make an appointment with them. If you are seeking to claim under Work Cover, then a referral will be required. Please speak to one of our friendly staff to discuss the process to organise this.

Do you bulk bill?

No, we do not have this option at our clinic. All payments are required on the day of the adjustment. We accept cash, eftpos and all major credit cards (except AMEX).

Can I receive rebates for treatment?

Yes. If you have private health insurance with extras/Naturopathy cover then you will be able to claim on the spot through our onsite Hicaps machine, and only pay the gap. For more information on your gap payment amount please contact your provider.