A naturopathic consultation looks at the whole picture, and in doing so a full health history is taken. This explains why a naturopathic appointment is longer than a standard medical appointment! You may be asked questions which may appear irrelevant to your main health concern, but it all fits like a jigsaw puzzle. In recent years the buzzword (or phrase) “evidence-based practice” has been applied to naturopathy. This means that, as far as possible, our health assessments are based on the evidence (symptoms, experience, diagnostic testing and imaging results) brought to us by our clients, and these may be augmented by physical examination and measurements taken by us in clinic. This gives a solid foundation and depth to naturopathic therapy.
Awareness and understanding of current research and pharmaceutical medications give added confidence to our knowledge base in applying recommendations and choosing appropriate and effective supplements and/or herbal medicine for you. Safety, especially if you are on a number of prescription medications, is of great importance. With the large volume of over-the-counter preparations available and the accessibility of information over the Internet, it is easy to either become confused about what is right for you or to buy items that are inappropriate or unnecessary. By seeing a qualified and fully trained naturopath you can be confident about your safety and that your money is wisely spent.
A health programme is written for you during the session; although this often contains dietary advice, there is not enough time to draw up a menu plan in the initial consultation unless this request is clarified at the time of booking. The health programme is printed out for you to take away with you at the end of the session (or alternatively it can be emailed to you). This way, you do not have to worry about remembering everything!