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Understanding naturopathy

The basis of Naturopathy is the belief that our body has an innate ability to heal itself. Naturopathy searches beyond the symptoms to the actual causes of a particular illness, looking deeper into the presenting health problem and the reasons behind it. For example, if you suffer from headaches, medications may ease the symptoms but not address the cause, which can be stress, tension, lack of food or water or a more serious cause.

Our Qualified Naturopaths use a variety of assessment tools to explore the physical, emotional, environmental and dietary habits of a patient to discover the root cause as well as contributing factors that aggravate the condition. When we know the reasons behind an illness, we can work proactively. At Moontides Women’s Health Centre, your Naturopathic Case Manager will assess the functionality of your major body systems and your overall health status, including:

  • Health history
  • Diet
  • Lifestyle
  • Environment
  • Medications and drugs used
  • Emotional & Spiritual state
  • Genetics & Inherited factors
  • Traumas & Accidents

We specialise in herbal medicine and nutritional treatments for the correction of hormonal imbalances associated with:

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Painful &/or Heavy periods
  • Loss of periods (amenorrhea)
  • Endometriosis
  • Conditions of pregnancy
  • Infertility
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Fibroids, Perimenopause
  • Menopause

Your NCM is your ‘go to person’ for all health care issues, managing the treatments you receive and always ready to answer any questions. We also run comprehensive Health Education Programs throughout the year. These programs include seminars and workshops on specific health topics and are designed to help you make informed decisions about your health.

Herbal Medicines

The truth is that conventional medicine has been derived from an herbal base. Until the 1930’s, most of the medicines we now attribute to the orthodox regime were actually of herbal origin. It was not until the refinement of chemical technology that the use of herbs in medicine diminished.

The exploitation of amphetamines followed the discovery of the active ingredient ephedrine, the Chinese herb Ephedra sinica, which was traditionally and is still used in the treatment of cold and flu. Similarly, the commonly used pain reliever, Aspirin, is derived from the Willow plant, and haemorrhoid treatments often contain the herb Witchazel. Even very modern drugs such as Tamiflu (the purported weapon against bird flu) has an herb as their main ingredient.

Orthodox medicine still relies heavily on herbs for its pharmaceutical drugs

Natural therapists view the body, mind and spirit as a complex whole, so the diseases it manifests are a disorder in the functioning on all these levels, and each must be treated. The patient’s individual constitution is considered coupled with the intrinsic and extrinsic stressors that may be contributing to an imbalance in the body’s delicate homeostatic state. Herbs are classified not only by their main therapeutic action but also lesser actions that are believed to have a synergistic effect that matches the biochemical pathways of the human body.