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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What exactly is a Naturopath?
Naturopaths who are registered with a Professional Association such as ANTA (Australian Natural Therapists Association) or NHAA (Naturopaths & Herbalists Association of Australia) are fully trained and educated as Natural Physicians to treat and support people who are undergoing health challenges/illness. We are required to undergo Professional education every year to retain our membership and we are overseen by the associations to ensure professional and ethical conduct. From this year on all Naturopaths entering the profession are required to earn a Bachelors degree to ensure a high standard of graduate and care for the client. Our practitioners hold Bachelor degrees and in the case of our Senior Naturopath, also a Post Graduate Qualification in Medical Herbalism.
How long before I get better?
How long depends on a number of factors; How long you have had the problem/s, How complex the issue is, How good your diet is and whether or not you are willing to change to a better one. How closely you are willing to follow the Naturopath’s treatment recommendations and, sometimes overlooked, whether or not you have disclosed everything to your practitioner. If we don’t know everything that is happening or has happened, it is difficult to give effective treatments.
Why are Supplements from Naturopaths more expensive than from retail stores/chemists?
Naturopaths only supply Practitioner quality products. This means that the ingredients are identical to the ingredients used in clinical trials and at the dosage used to achieve the results recorded in clinical trials. When using herbs in a supplement it is important that the herb is sourced from the same location as the trial or the results are not reproduceable. For example, Tribulus; The only reputable trials used Tribulus LEAF from Bulgarian grown Tribulus and achieved a good result. Most supplements us Tribulus FRUIT, not leaf and from plants sourced from anywhere, not usually Bulgaria. Where a plant is grown determines what is in it. Plants grown as little as 10 km apart have different chemical constituents. Soil, climate and rainfall all affect what is in a herb.
Why should I have regular check-ups with a Naturopath? Why not wait until I need to see one when I am ill?
It is easier to keep someone well than to get them well. While consults cost money and it might seem to be a waste if you are not sick, being sick has its own costs. As mentioned it takes more effort and therefore more visits to get someone well than to keep them well. Catching something before it becomes a serious problem makes a lot more sense. If you have to take a lot of time off work due to illness then you are at risk of being laid off, especially as economic times get tougher. Also, your prospects for promotion are poorer if you are frequently taking time off. Not to mention the misery you endure when you are sick or in pain.
Why is Naturopathic treatment a better alternative to Medical Doctors?
Both systems have their place. However, due to time constraints Doctors can’t delve into diet and lifestyle issues and have to focus on the symptoms being complained about. Naturopaths on the other hand take a lot more time to get to the cause of the symptom/problem. By doing this they can treat the cause not just the symptom.
Aren’t Doctors cheaper than Naturopaths?
Not really. The problem is that because Medical Doctors are covered by Medicare people think that they are free, especially if they Bulk Bill. In reality the System pays a doctor around $80 for a ten-minute consult. If that is extrapolated to allow six patient visits an hour the doctor is paid $480 per hour. The Health System is paying out these sorts of dollars daily which is why Medicare is so expensive and why the government wants you to pay a levy if not privately insured. The other side of this is that with time the medical costs are increasing so much that soon there will not be enough money to cover things without massive increases in Levies or extra tax. The hidden cost by using the tax system masks the true cost of Allopathic or Orthodox Medicine.
What conditions can Naturopaths help with?
Naturopaths can help with any and all health conditions. We are not allowed by law to treat cancer but we can support clients going through that ordeal and some just happen to get better. All health conditions can be improved by Naturopathic treatment. Doctors who work with Naturopaths as equal colleagues, get better outcomes for their patients Most Naturopaths are more than happy to work with a Medical Doctor, unfortunately most Medical Doctors are not willing to work with us.
Should I stop taking the medication my doctor has prescribed?
Stopping pharmaceutical medication can sometimes be beneficial but such a step should always be undertaken with your doctor monitoring your condition.

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