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How much does it cost to see a naturopath in Australia?
When you book an appointment with a naturopath Sydney centre, you can expect to pay upwards of $60 for a session. The best naturopath Sydney offers may even cost up to $200 depending on the centre and the type of treatment required
What does a naturopath do?
Naturopathy is an alternative form of medicine that is usually sought in to prevent illnesses and not as frequently to treat symptoms.
A naturopath will focus on maintaining good health before any symptoms present themselves. They are trained and qualified practitioners who consult you to help boost your health and state of wellbeing. This idea of preventive care has only recently found appeal in Australia and has led to the boom of naturopath Sydney centres.
Is a naturopath a real doctor?
There is no regulating body for naturopath Sydney clinics apart from a registration with the Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists (ARONAH). There is also no compulsory qualification for any naturopath Sydney centre to begin treating clients, although many choose to do a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences or an Advanced Diploma of Applied Science (both with a specialization in Naturopathy) .
However in Australia, naturopathy is one of the most popular allied medicines. Over 5 million consultations are made every year with naturopaths across the country. If you are considering booking a naturopath, do check the qualifications of even the best naturopath Sydney has to offer.
What’s the difference between naturopath and homeopath?
Naturopathy is a system of treatment that includes a number of techniques. Homeopathy is just one of these techniques, although it is practised independently too.
What does a naturopath do? A naturopath Sydney practitioner may choose from a bouquet of treatments including aromatherapy, nutrition therapy, massage, herbal medicine, and more. Homeopathy believes in administering diluted doses of a substance to trigger the healing response in the body.
What are the benefits of visiting a naturopath Sydney clinic?
While naturopathy is most effective when used as a preventive system, it can also be used to treat illnesses. Some of the most common illnesses it can treat are:
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Digestive troubles
- Hormonal imbalances
- Poor emotional health including stress and anxiety
- Blood pressure issues
- Chronic and autoimmune conditions
- Fertility problems
- Food allergies and intolerances
How does naturopathy work?
Naturopathy uses pure nature to heal the body and help it attain the optimum state of health. It is a drug-free way to eliminate toxins, relax the muscles and treat any health issues that may be troubling the client. It does not need state-of-the-art equipment, chemicals or invasive techniques to treat the client.
Naturopathy treatment uses assessment and diagnosis of the root cause of illness to create a customized plan of treatment. Any plan of treatment will use traditional and natural methods such as:
Nutrition therapy: If the human body has a deficiency of certain vitamins or minerals, it could lead to symptoms like low energy, thinning hair, muscular pain, hormonal trouble, weight gain, and more. Nutrition therapy allows a naturopath to design an appropriate meal plan to build strength, immunity, and wellbeing and help with healthy weight loss or gain.
Homeopathic remedies: While a distinct practice in its own right, homeopathy has lot in common with naturopathy given the similar ideology i.e. focus on natural medicine and emphasis on diet and lifestyle. It can be used to complement naturopathy to provide quicker results with minimal side effects.
Botanical and herbal medicine: Herbal medicines are extracted from purely natural sources, predominantly plants. These medicines may be available in the form of extracts, tablets, powders and herbs. They are sought after by naturopathy because of three factors – minimal side effects, multiple actions and modulating action on the body.
Lifestyle changes: A naturopath may recommend lifestyle changes like spending more time on exercise, mindfulness or sleep. They may advise you to give up habits or adopt new practices to improve the areas of your life tat are lacking.
Dietary changes: At the end of the day, you are what you eat. Diet and lifestyle go the longest way to maintaining optimal health and an ideal state of wellbeing. These two factors are at the core of all naturopathic treatments because they provide the fuel that the body needs, help to eliminate all undesirable substances from the body, and create a stronger and more efficient system.
Aromatherapy: These techniques involve essential oils to offer multiple benefits. Essential oils may be applied topically, used in massage, diluted with water, or heated to access the fragrant and therapeutic properties. They are quite versatile and can be used by anyone who learns the right way of application. Find out more about using aromatherapy essential oils.
Massage: When the muscles and joints of the body are relaxed and flexible, it is easier to treat symptoms like stiff necks, frozen shoulders, pain or niggling aches. It may use massage, heat therapy or physical manipulation to bring balance to the body.
When you consult a naturopath, they will decide which of the above techniques are suitable to help the body heal itself and become stronger.
How can I find the best naturopath Sydney has to offer?
Because the naturopathy market is fragmented, it can be hard to choose the best naturopath Sydney has to offer. However if you are thinking about starting natural treatment, you can start by browsing the Avaana site for listings. You might also look to your social circle for references.
Before you go
If you’re thinking of visiting a naturopath, you should remember that this is an allied medicine and should not be used to treat a serious condition without getting your doctor’s approval.
If you are already taking prescription medicine for a chronic condition or re receiving treatment for a serious illness, do check with your doctor before beginning any new course of treatment.
Naturopathy may take time to show results because it uses natural ingredients and methods to target the main cause and not just the symptoms. Do give it time and participate fully in the treatment.
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