Naturopathic Medicine is a primary health care profession that combines the wisdom of nature with evidence-based modern sciences. You don't need to be ill to see a Naturopath, you may want to become healthier and have more energy to enjoy life fully.
Naturopathic Medicine concentrate on a holistic approach to health, encompassing the Triad of Health: Body, Mind and consciousness/awareness. Through health promotion and disease prevention, naturopathic medicine attempts to find the underlying cause of the patient’s condition.
The core foundations of Naturopathic Medicine treatments lie on the natural healing abilities of the body to fight disease and to promote recovery when the ideal support is given. Naturopaths see every individual as an unique being, and as such, with unique body rhythms and biological constitution.
Naturopathic consultations assess how other dimensions of your life may be contributing to disease promotion and health imbalance.Therefore, naturopaths will evaluate how emotions, thoughts, life-experiences, life-style, and your surroundings (called environmental stressors) are affecting your health.
Naturopathic treatments involve awareness of all dynamics of you and how they are playing a role in your condition. Treatments will focus on bringing the body back to balance and lifestyle changes.
Examples of treatments are: detoxification programmes, water therapeutics (naturopathic hydrotherapy), stress management & relaxation techniques, breathing exercises/breath work, exercises programme, functional nutrition and dietary programmes, herbal medicine, flower remedies, homeopathic first aid treatment, therapeutic bodywork and self care regime. I can also offer yoga and meditation as part of your treatment.
Naturopathic treatment plan follows a therapeutic order using a set of guidelines to choose the most appropriate intervention to resolve the symptoms, but also addressing the cause. It is not a symptomatic only approach, although we use herbs and green allopathy to address that.
The treatment plan is a whole lifestyle change, you learn how to look after yourself, you are empowered by knowledge and awareness. Naturopathic treatments are the precursor of a new way of life. Of course, as any therapeutic intervention, there are limitations to the practice of Naturopathic Medicine, and as such, medical referral when necessary is sought after. I was trained with the same rigours as primary care provider to identify and refer patients when necessary.
I love what I do and I believe health and wellbeing are the foundations for a happier and fulfilled life.
My commitment is to provide an individualised evidence-informed therapies to help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. I will gather all my knowledge, expertise and the wisdom aquired over 15 years of clinical experience, to give you the best treatment plan to promote your health.
Of course holistic treatments require time and your effort. So do not expect a "pill-spoon feed" approach. You will need to work and I will help you, I will keep you motivated, accountable, and supported. This support is essential to your health goals, and I am going to be there with you!
You don't need to be ill to see a Naturopath, you may want to become healthier. I will provide you with an optimal diet, an exercise programme, a self care regime. And an optional meditation and yogic practice ( if you wish to work on elevating your consciousness and expanding your sensory perception).
Principles of Naturopathic practice
Naturopathy follows the following principles and practices when treating you:
Primum no nocere
First do not harm: Naturopathy is a very gentle and non-invasive therapy that works with your body cycles and rhythm
Treat the whole person not a single body system. Identify and treat the causes of illness not only the symptoms.
Vis medicatrix naturae
Use the healing power of nature
The Naturopath is a teacher: who empowers you to take charge and responsibility of your own health by informing you how your body works and how you can help yourself
Consultation & Treatment Plan
◆ Personal Health and wellbeing intake
After your booking I will email a consultation form that will ask detailed questions about your overall health and wellbeing. You can fill it in and send it to me or we can do it together during our consultation.
◆ 1 x 60 minutes in Clinic, Skype or Zoom consultation with Angela:
On the day of our online consultation we will go through all your concerns and goals and establish a treatment plan that will address your needs and give you an action plan so that you know exactly what you need to do to improve your health and wellbeing.
◆ Support on how to integrate your unique treatment plan into your real life. Got questions?
I will help you to implement the plan by supporting you in the changes you need to make. The support is done via email and by the accountability plan within your treatment plan. The amount of email support will depend on each person and we will talk about that during our consultation. This is treatment plan is totally made having in mind your unique needs.
◆1 x 30 minute follow up: Let’s check in, one on one, 1 month into your program, to see where you are at and what needs extra support
◆ 1 x 30 minute follow up: Let’s check in again, one on one, 3 months into your program, to see where you are at and how we can refine it.
◆ Lab tests? How my diagnosis is made?
There will be some diagnostic assessments based on Naturopathic, Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine.
All diagnostic tools aim to understand better the individual and to put the present complain into context of your health history so that I can help you holistically and in the best way possible.
You may be referred to get further conventional medical tests such as blood tests, scans and other lab tests. Or even be referred to your doctor.
If there is need to order some lab tests we could arrange this. Lab tests are charged separated.
Your Treatment Plan
Treatments follow a Naturopathic therapeutic order, where conditions of health are established and pathology is addressed, removed, or reduced, and self-healing mechanisms are stimulated.
I may use the following Treatment's Modalities to help you, the choice of modalities applied will depend on your case.
Diet & Nutrition: Naturopathic nutrition, detoxification and gut health are key to naturopathic treatments. Your treatment will always involve dietary changes or the use of food as medicine (functional nutrition)
Detox therapies: Castor oil packs, enemas and peat-packs, herbal baths
Naturopathic manipulation: energy medicine, Parma points, kinesiology, acupressure, self therapeutic massage with medicinal herb oils (I will teach you how to do them at home and provide you with a cheatsheet)
Energy and alignment techniques:I may teach you how to perform techniques such as: Muscle Energy Techniques, postural alignment and breathing retraining
Kneipp Hydrotherapy: using the healing power of water to stimulate circulation, immune function and regain vitality (e.g. constitutional hydrotherapy, Kneipp affusions, Sitz baths, Kneipp wraps, alternated bath, and body wash).
Stress management and Lifestyle advices: meditation, breathing exercises, stress managment techiniques, lifestyle change advices according to your type
Herbal Medicine/Green Allopathy : herbal teas, herbal poultices, herbal tinctures and supplements, and herbal compresses, among other herbal treatments
Supplementary therapies: Tissue salts, homeopathy, Bach Flower Remedies, nutritional supplements (therapeutic grade vitamins, minerals and probiotics)