Naturopathy to make all the family smile
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Naturopathy

Naturopathy – Naturopathic medicine is a healthcare system that focuses on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease using natural therapies. Mel’s focus is to spend enough time with patients to fully understand what is going on for them. She then makes a comprehensive assessment aided by testing, physical examinations and combined with evidence based research to provide the basis for establishing individually focused treatment plans to fulfil health goals of each patient.
Mel aims to treat the underlying cause of illness so she considers physical, mental, social and environmental health when considering treatment possibilities.

Many people come to see a naturopath because they seek alternatives to medical treatment; they have exhausted medical options and come in despair, or they want to work with both their GP and a naturopath to gain or maintain wellbeing. But you don’t have to be unwell to visit Mel as preventative health solutions are the key to wellbeing.

Sadly, many of us accept a decline in health and just put it down to “getting old” or “ being a woman isn’t easy” or some other idea of acceptance. Mel would like you to reconsider that type of thinking, as in many cases improvements can be made so you don’t have to live with symptoms that have become normal for you. Because we all deserve great health, and Mel will help you see how you can achieve this for yourself.

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Medical Herbalism

Medical herbalism – This is using plants, seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark or flowers for medicinal purposes. But don’t worry, you don’t have to eat any these things. You will receive yours in a bottle. Herbalism has a long tradition but is becoming more mainstream as advances in clinical research show the value of herbs in treating and preventing disease. If you are taking medication Mel will check any herbal prescription against your medical prescription and ensure they will not interfere with one another.

“Herbs are natures healers,.” un named.

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Homeopathic Remedies

Homeopathic remedies – Mel stocks homeopathic medications that can be prescribed to stimulate a particular biological function to address a symptom or illness. They are very popular as they are easy to take and help the body recover its biological balance gently.

“the highest ideal of cure is the speedy gentle and enduring restoration of health by the most trustworthy and least harmful way” Samuel Hahnemann founder of homeopathy.

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Nutrition & Dietary Planning

Nutrition & dietary planning – “let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food” hippocrates . Supplements are great to fill a gap and help bring a balance back, but longer term Mel likes to work with food to maintain great health with people. As a part of your treatment plan Mel will work with you to devise some different ways of looking at food, but always within parameters that you are happy with. Dietary planning covers not only what you eat, but when you eat, being conscious of how you eat and beginning to understand how your choices affect how you feel. Nutrition for Mel is not about diets but about exploring different healthy food options and incorporating the ones you like into everyday living to help you feel great.

“I thought I already ate well, but it was more about when and how I chose to eat as much as it was about the food choices I made. I always ate on the run, never slowing down to enjoy it and often skipped meals altogether. I selected a couple of foodie things that Mel suggested and it really started to make a difference to my energy and how I felt. The big thing is it was quite easy when you know how!” N.A

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Supplement Prescription

Supplement prescription – When there are symptoms or illness there are often nutrient deficiencies that need correcting in order to help the body heal. By improving our diets we can then become less reliant on supplements to fill in the gaps. However there are many reasons why our bodies become nutrient depleted. Briefly these include; food no longer containing the nutrients it used too, poor food choices and preparation methods, poor digestion, environmental toxins, stress and hormonal imbalances. To help you rebalance your nutrient stores Mel stocks a range of practitioner only supplements offering her clients the best available on the New Zealand market. Mel checks each supplement to ensure they do not interact with your medications.

“When clients are unsure about supplements, I encourage them to take then and then stop, and feel the difference…..outcomes speak for themselves.” Mel

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Preconception and Infertility Programme

Infertility & preconception care – this is a personalised programme for prospective mums and dads. It is about getting yourselves into tip top shape to make the best baby you can. Based on work from leading practitioners from around the world, this programme has seen incredible results ending in many happy families. It requires a commitment of lifestyle changes, detoxification and supplements and herbs for a minimum of 4 months prior to conception. If there are health issues to address first, this lead in period will be longer. This programme can work in conjunction with assisted methods to increase success rates.

Foresight the world leader in this field has conducted 3 research projects with Surrey University to highlight the success of preconception care. Here is the first of them to highlight the results gained from the programme.
367 couples following the programme over 18 months. This group included women from 22 – 45 years and men from 25-59 years. 59% of the couples sought help for infertility with their history of infertility (37%), previous miscarriage (38%), therapeutic abortion (11%), still birth (3%), birth defects (2%). The remaining 41% had no reproductive concerns, with some of this group being in the older age group.

The results
89% of couples had a child with 81% of those in the infertile group
38.5 was the average birth age with no births before 36 weeks
average weight – male (3305g), female (3232g)
no evidence of miscarriage, perinatal deaths, birth defects or stays in intensive care
Compared to a normal population (no preconception care and no known infertility issues) it would be expected to result in;
70 miscarriages
12 birth defects
There are further studies to read about on the resources page – Preconception Care – research.

Every child deserves the right start, and that begins before conception.
A free chat prior to committing to this programme is available to ensure this is the right option for your family. Call Mel to learn more about this programme or check out the resource page for more information.

“It is the biggest buzz in the world when want to be parents call and tell me they are pregnant. They always sound surprised, but I’m not, as I know how powerful the programme is!”. Mel

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Other Modalities

Other Modalities - Mel has a network of other practitioners that she is happy to refer you too if your treatment is outside her scope of practise. She will also work with your GP to offer a collaborative solution to your treatment and health goals.

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What health concerns respond well to naturopathic treatment?

Allergies and sensitivities  – food and environmental.
Autoimmune - SLE, rheumatoid arthritis.
Children’s health - colic, asthma, eczema,  reflux, constipation, failure to thrive, recurrent infections, ear infections, tonsillitis, teething, poor sleeping, bed wetting, warts, ADHD.
Cardiovascular  – hypertension.
Detoxification
Digestive disorders - Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohns, constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn, bloating, peptic ulcer, gastro oesophageal reflux disorder.
Endocrine imbalances - diabetes, thyroid, adrenal, weight gain, insomnia.
Immune dysfunction - recurrent infections, warts, parasites, viruses, chronic fatigue, candida.
Infertility - male and female.
Liver – cirrhosis, non alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Nervous system - migraines, headaches, insomnia, stress.
Mental health - mood, anxiety, depression.
Preconception care - make the best baby you can!.
Pregnancy and post natal care
Skeletal - osteoarthritis, gout, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis.
Skin disorders - psoriasis, eczema, acne, poor wound healing, skin infections, hives.
Urinary tract conditions - infections and interstitial cystitis.
Weight gain
Women’s health - menstrual irregularities, fertility, preconception, menopause, PMS, uterine fibroids, libido, endometriosis management, polycystic ovarian syndrome, pelvic inflammatory disease.
This is list is not exhaustive, so call Mel if there is something specific you would like to address.
Mel offers a 20 minute FREE chat so you can be sure she is the right person for you to see for your condition.

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So how does it all work?

Initial consultation – 1st appointment
Before your appointment Mel will send you a health questionnaire.   Many of the questions may require some observation or research, so completing it before your consultation enables Mel to spend your consultation time on more focused questioning.
At your appointment she will ask you a range of questions.  Adding together tests, physical examinations or further questionnaires Mel will begin to piece together the jigsaw puzzle of ‘your health’ picture.    Mel take all this information and using current research creates your own personalised treatment plan that will be based on your health goals that will fit with your ‘life’ and everything you need to pack into it.  If live blood analysis is to be included it is conducted in this first consultation.
Followup – 2nd appointment
This is where Mel presents you with your personalised treatment plan.  Your treatment plan will outline your goals, lifestyle recommendations, and nutritional guidelines.  There may be supplements, herbs or homeopathic remedies prescribed.
Live blood analysis
A followup appointment to carry out a re evaluation Live Blood Analysis is scheduled for those who want to see visual results within their blood brought about by their treatment plan.
Where to from here
Everyone is different, some clients come regularly to check in and move onto another health goal.  Other clients come for a specific goal and upon reaching it  don’t return until they need  help with something else.  Mel aims to give you enough information that you are able to help yourself create great health.

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Charges

ADULTS
Initial consultation  $145.00
This is for a consultation.  Live Blood Analysis and testing is an additional $35.00.
Initial consultation with Live Blood Analysis $180.00  

This is for a  consultation and live blood analysis.
Follow up consultation  $75.00 for treatment plan and $75 for hair test results
Receive your individualised plan (45 minutes)  and/or hair test report (45 minutes).
Follow up live blood analysis  $35.00 is added to consult fee
This re evaluation is for clients who want to visually see the changes in their blood.
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CHILDREN (12 years and under)
Initial consultation $75.00.
This is for a consultation only and does not include additional testing or live blood analysis.
Follow up consultation $45.00 for treatment plan and $45 for hair test results
Receive treatment plan and/or hair test report.
Live blood analysis is available to children who can manage the pin prick, please add $35.00 to the consult fee for the initial analysis or retesting.
Supplements, herbs and other recommendations are additional to the above charges. Additional testing  is charged separately.  Please see testing page for details.
If additional research or medical histories need evaluating this time will be charged at $75/hour.  All pricing is GST inclusive.
CANCELLATION FEES APPLY  - the full consultation fee of $145 for adults and $75 for children will be charged for any cancellations made within 24hours of  your booking.
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