How does it work?
Naturopathy works to restore or maintain the body’s balance so that the immune system can defend the body against infection and disease.
For example, bitter substances found in certain herbs stimulate the production and release of digestive juices, thereby improving digestive function. Rather than suppressing the symptoms of an illness with medication, a naturopath is more likely to recommend lifestyle changes or natural treatments and therapies.
What conditions can it treat?
Naturopathy can treat symptoms and causes of acute or chronic disease and a wide range of ailments and conditions, including:
- Allergic and autoimmune diseases
- Anxiety and depression
- Ear infections
- Digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases, and food intolerances
- Skin conditions such as acne, eczema psoriasis
- Reduced immunity
- Respiratory problems including asthma
- Chronic fatigue
- Hormonal issues
- Female reproductive problems such as endometriosis, menopausal symptoms, premenstrual syndrome, and polycystic ovarian syndrome and infertility
- Weight loss
Is it safe?
When prescribed properly, nutrients, herbal medicine, and homoeopathic remedies are generally safe to take. However, it is important that you advise your naturopath if you
Presently take medications and supplements
Suffer from allergies or other conditions
Our highly trained and experienced Naturopath, Shirley Belcher is accredited by the national association, has undergone the required training, and complies with the highest standards of naturopathic practice.
With over 30 years of experience, Shirley has honed her Naturopathic knowledge and skillset to be a recognised and integral part of the Naturopathic industry in Whangarei. Highly trained and experienced, Shirley is accredited by the national association, and has undergone the required training, and complies with the highest standards of Naturopathic practice.
Treatment by Shirley includes dietary, lifestyle and exercise advice,nutritional supplements, Celloid mineral therapy, Bach flower remedies and Bio-cleanse.
During your first visit, Shirley will take a very thorough history, asking about your medical history, diet, lifestyle, mental and emotional state, stress, family history, and environmental exposures. Other diagnostic tools may include muscle testing or iridology to form a subsequent treatment plan.