As a naturopath and registered nurse, I am able to offer you professional, compassionate health care that integrates complementary and orthodox health. I have over 30 years in health – as a naturopath, registered nurse, educator and manager, including many years in women’s/reproductive health and cancer care. With a background in both modern medicine and traditional healing methods, and with an emphasis on natural healthcare, I am able to provide a broad knowledge base and offer a truly balanced, sensible and compassionate approach. In addition to my experience in women’s/reproductive health, I have a particular interest in stress, chronic fatigue, digestive and liver health as well as healthy ageing, cancer care and palliative care. The types of services and treatments that I offer are:
An evidenced-based approach to sensible, effective and edible good nutrition! No extreme diets or fads; instead real food and real health. Clinical Nutrition examines the relationship between health and diet and acknowledges that our bodies (and mind) only work as well as we enable them to through our diet and lifestyle. You wouldn’t put toxic waste on your rose garden and expect prize-winning blooms, or put suspect cheap oil into your Porsche and expect it to purr, so why would our bodies by any different? Eat well, function well; eat rubbish and feel rubbish. Pretty simple.
Whilst I always try to cover your nutritional need with real, and delicious, food, at times it will be necessary add to nutritional supplementation with anti-oxidants, essential fatty acids, probiotics, enzymes, vitamins or minerals.
Herbal medicine is the original pharmacy, and still exists as a highly effective therapy. In traditional herbal medicine we use whole plant extracts which lets us benefit from all of the synergistic elements of the whole plant and reduces the risk of side effects of concentrated isolated plant components. Herbs can be gentle and profound in their effect and are a truly wonderful, effective tool in helping harness our health and vigour.
Herbs can be taken in a variety of forms, including teas, tinctures, tablets and creams and lotions.
Teas and Tisanes
Perhaps the simplest way to use herbs is to drink them as a tisane (tea refers to the Camellia sinensis plant, the common black, green and white tea we know). The ritual of preparing the pot by warming it, letting the herbs infuse for 3-5 minutes, straining the tisane and sitting and enjoying is all part of the benefit. You can use single herb or combination herb tisanes.
Tinctures and Tablets
To fully support your needs and treat specific issues, a liquid tincture or tablet form of herbal medicine is usually the most valuable strategy. In order to achieve the safest and most effective results, herbs should be prescribed by a qualified herbalist or naturopath, after thorough consultation.
Meditation and relaxation skills are very useful tools in achieving and maintaining health and reducing the effects of stress. Simple mindfulness techniques are used and these can be readily incorporated into a busy schedule.
Lifestyle support is an important part of a naturopathic approach. Together we will identify daily habits, exercise routines, environmental exposures, and lifestyle habits that may be positively or negatively impacting your health. With this information we can find ways to help you make healthy choices and nourish not only your physical body but your mind and spirit as well.
Resilience building (and stress management) is a type of lifestyle counselling that helps clients understand the impacts of stress, assists in identifying negative stress in your life and provides ideas and support to build resilience and live a healthier and happier life.