What is a Naturopath

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What is a Naturopath?

Have you ever wondered about what a Naturopathic Doctor does? Ever wanted to see one but are confused about why it may work for you? In a nutshell a Naturopath with use only natural means to heal, repair and balance the body. Whether acute or chronic- all conditions can be dealt with using nature.

We all have different tools in our tool box, but in general you can expect to talk about energy medicines  like homeopathy, Bach Flower Remedies or other vibrational remedies, emotional freedom technique (eft), herbs, healing power of foods, fermentation, accupuncture, kineseolgy, essential oils, muscle testing, breathing techniques, exercise advice, meditation and other mindful practices with other stress management techniques.

As you can see our breadth and scope of healing tools is vast. This gives us so much to draw from when seeking to help the individual. We are able to help balance symptoms, as we always concentrate on seeking and resolving the cause of the imbalance. Our knowledge about how the body works and all our body systems work together, Combined with a more open minded approach to healing free of the dogma of strict diagnosis and protocols means we can truly tailor make an individual treatment plan just for you.

I am so passionate about what I do and it is a huge part of who I am as a person and as a mother. I am constantly seeking ways to help people get back to themselves, to feel safe, secure and powerful and happy.

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These are the six principles we ascribe to and all of them mean so much to me;

Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine:

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The Healing Power of Nature:

The Vital force, an inherent self-healing process in each of us which is both ordered and intelligent. Each person has their own relationship with it. A Naturopath will give the body space to have the energy to heal themselves helping to remove obstacles to healing and recovery. To help identify bodies signals and deliver options for the individual to come into line with their own healing intuition.

Identify and Treat the cause:

A Naturopath will seek to identify the underlying cause or driver of the illness rather than merely suppressing the symptoms. By resolving the cause of the issue everything else will be resolved in the ripple effect! 

First Do No Harm:

Use the least force necessary to diagnose and treat. Minimise risk of harmful side effects. Avoid the suppression of symptoms. Acknowledge, respect and work with the individuals self-healing process. Refer to others for treatment when your skills are inappropriate. Know your own skills and limitations. 

Doctor as Teacher:

A Naturopath will educate and encourage their patient towards self-responsibility for health. Teach them about their body and encourage the idea that prevention is better than cure. Empower them to heal themselves. A Naturopath support the healing; however you do it!

Treat the Whole Person:

Take into account individual physical, emotional, spiritual, genetic, environmental, social and other factors. Get the whole picture. Bring the body’s systems together again. Work at the individuals own pace to reunited them with their instinct and intuition.

Prevention Rather than Cure:

Emphasise the prevention of disease. Asses risk-factors, hereditary and susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions with your patient to prevent illness. Commit to create a healthy world where all of humanity can and will thrive.

These principles are the Hippocratic oath that all Doctors take. We just interpret them slightly differently. A Naturopath will take  full history and really get to know not only the physical issues but also the emotional ones too. Each personality will need different courses of action and each person will be able to make changes at different speeds. The key to the treatment is in giving the individual the responsibility to heal.

The only person that can make you well and happy is yourself. I can give you a tool box to work from but you need to listen and respond to your body. I teach many classes to help people to start to make choices for themselves and their families. Education is key, coupled with motivation for change and you will become unstoppable!

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Naturopath’s Family Travel Kit

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Preping for travel. Packing with a family is such a headache! I need to make sure I have just enough just in case but not too much that we are lugging stuff all over the place!!

I always make sure I have lavender- good for most things- immune boosting, anti bacterial, calming (good for sunburn and bug bites), good for jet lag and mental exhaustion that pairs traveling with two kids long haul! We also always carry calendula tincture for similar reasons, epsom salts for the bath, detoxing after the flight and again soothing after the sun and with jet lag. We have a general homeopathic first aid kit which covers most things that may occur day to day whether home or away. Of course I never travel with out Kefir Grains- this time we are bringing water grains. I am also bringing food essentials- chia, coconut sugar and raw cacao! Hoping we should be able to find some coconut oil there somewhere!!

In my carry on I have rescue remedy, jet lag homeopathic remedies from LoveLife, spray bottle with water, water kefir, lavender to spray around us for immune support, rose water to spray our faces to refresh, self flavored deodorants (here I used geranium, lavender and lemongrass), Kombucha for up until we go through security in the kids water bottles and lots of home dried fruit and nuts and nut butter and chia jam sandwiches. What do you take?!

What do you do when your kids get sick?

 

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*Disclaimer alert!* I am a qualified Naturopath and I am happy looking after my kids with support from various practitioners. I only use natural methods with them and myself. However if the need arose I also know who their GP is and I trust him too. If you are ever worried about your child you should see someone qualified (Naturopath, Homeopath or other practitioner including Medical) and that you trust. This information is sharing experience and in no way is a prescription for what you should do.

People are often very surprised that the only Dr my children have ever seen is the one that first checked them over when they entered the world. I am not reckless with my kids health and it is not a point of pride they just simply haven’t needed what a Dr can offer them. That’s not to say they have never been sick- they have- I am prepared with natural remedies and supplements for most eventualities and have nursed chickenpox and slapped cheak and loads of various coughs and colds and vomiting episodes. Here is my first aid kit. I am also constantly asking for help from colleagues and  other practitioners- just haven’t needed a Dr’s advice. That is not to say I will never ask a Dr- I just haven’t needed to so far. Both of my kids were sick last week. Here is how I handled it;

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aged 1 had a low grade fever, a new tooth, runny nose with clear snot, was extra clingy and had his first red and raw spotty nappy rash. When the temperature disappeared the rash spread, mostly down the legs and on feet and on hands and a couple on elbows.

What did I do?

Firstly I looked at pictures of rashes (chicken pox, measles, hand, foot and mouth, allergy rashes and nappy rash) I ruled out the first three from the presenting symptoms. Knowing that I was dealing with nappy rash and a systemic rash I was confident that letting the body run its course with support was key to healing.

I immediately replaced the biodegradable unscented wipes we use (only when necessary) and used the re-useable wipes in a box with added water and lavender and calendula tincture. We also used Epsom salts and coconut water kefir in the bath to help balance the skins bacteria and draw out any toxins (I think this is the reason why most of the rash presented on the lower portion of the bod as it was the most in contact with the bath water). I also upped the kefir in his diet and added cooled hibiscus, ginger and lemon tea with a little raw honey (contains great Vitamin C levels) and other immune boosting foods such as coconut ginger chicken soup. They both also share my Apple Cider Vinger drink. I gave him Graphites In a homeopathic potency (30c) and then silica later (30c).

I had recently introduced gluten and dairy (kefir) to test and so immediately retracted those two foods for now again. On the 5th day the rash disappeared. The whole time kid 1’s mood and personality remained the same so I felt confident that this was the right course of action.

Kid number 2

aged 3.5 2 days after Kid 1 became sick- Kid 1 woke up hot and not herself. She was tired and didn’t want any food so went back to bed herself an hour after waking (unheard of!!) so I let her sleep. When she woke she was a little better but still hot.

 

What did I do?

So I put lots of clothes on her to help her body heat up to fight whatever it was she is fighting. I don’t take their temperature because I monitor other symptoms (responsiveness, alert, pupil dilation, speech, floppy etc). She was responsive and although tired and subdued, still could function and was somewhat alert. Her pupils appeared normal. She was happy to be warm so we had no aircon, she had socks, tracky bums, vest t’shirt and cardigan on! I was in a vest and shorts! it was 30+ degrees!

She was complaining of a sore throat and asking for honey- (she gets a tsp of raw honey with a raw throat!). I also gave her a tsp of coconut oil. After another sleep and just lying on the couch all day by late afternoon she started to feel a little hungry. We were drinking Hibiscus lemon, ginger with a little raw honey all day till we sweated it (I was also getting hot eyes and a sore throat). She then had some chicken soup and promptly vomited up a lot of liquid. After that she perked up even more! She was also remarkably cooler by this time. She had another quick nap. By the time her dad came home she was feeling better but still had no dinner- she just wanted water.

That night she slept all night and woke up starving!!! We had already cancelled the two days activities so that she could convalescence and it was explained that even though she felt better she still had to relax for one more day to make sure she could get nice and strong again. By the evening it was as though the day before never existed. I was happy to be able to take them both outside to clear the cobwebs!

Kids know what they want and need, because it was 24 hours with very little food I didn’t have to worry that she wasn’t hungry. She was drinking water and like I mentioned had good responses so I was happy this time to stay at home chill out and let them ride it out.

For myself my Apple cider Vinegar drink combined with everything else (kefir, Kombucha, chicken soup and hibiscus tea) and a good nights sleep I felt better in a couple of days too and the forced stay in was good for us all!!!

 

Whats in your first aid kit and what do you do to nurse your kids yourself?

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