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Frequently Asked Questions

About Naturopathy

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathy is a complete system of natural healthcare. The principle belief is the body has an innate ability to heal itself if the conditions are right. Naturopaths are trained in the conventional medical sciences and pathology to recognize and treat diseases or imbalances of the body. Naturopathic medicine aims to improve health, prevent disease and treat illness by promoting healthy lifestyle practices and blending centuries-old knowledge with current scientific advances in the study of health and human systems.

In naturopathy it is believed that each individual has a multitude of differing factors influencing their health, thus treatment is individualized for each person. At Luminous Health I utilize nutrition, herbal medicine, and nutritional supplements to treat the individual as a whole rather than simply the symptoms presented. Education is paramount with advice on lifestyle and health practices assisting people achieve their goal in health and stress management.

I cooperate with all other branches of medicine, referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate.

What is involved in an Initial Consultation?

Upon booking I will email you patient forms for you to fill out online. They are comprehensive so please allow some time for filling these out completely at least 24hours before your appointment so that I may provide you with the best possible care.

At the end of your 60-90 minute consultation I will provide a treatment plan and a written description of recommendations made for improving your health and wellbeing. This plan may include herbal medicine or supplements, dietary guidelines, lifestyle suggestions and/or recommendations for laboratory testing.

What should I bring?

In order for me to provide you with the best care please bring:

  • Any supplement bottles you are currently taking
  • Information on prescriptions and medications you are taking or have done in the past.
  • Any test results you may have from your GP.

What kind of testing do you do?

The best way to understand the cause of dysfunction in the body is to take a comprehensive health history. I will spend 60-90 minutes with you at your first consultation asking questions about all the systems in your body and your lifestyle. For most people this will be enough to begin a treatment plan. However if we need further information or clarification I can work with your GP’s test results or if necessary, I can arrange testing through independent integrative functional pathology laboratories. These may include but aren’t limited to Food Intolerance, Allergy, Hormonal, or SIBO testing using your blood, saliva, breath or stools.

Do I have to buy a lot of supplements

I love sourcing supplements that will address clients multiple health conditions. A typical treatment plan will include a herbal and perhaps 2 others supplements. Each individuals health concerns are unique however this may mean more or less are needed. I will always endeavour to work within your budget as we work towards your health goals.

How many appointments will I need?

This can vary largely, depending on the severity of your condition and your commitment to making change determines the length of treatment.

Can I get a rebate from my healthfund

In 2019 private insurance rebates were removed from Naturopathy.

This is under review by the current government and we hope to see it reinstated in the future.

What is your cancellation policy?

I require at least 48 hours notice for cancellation or rescheduling of an appointment. If you cancel with less than 48 hours notice you will be charged for the full price of the appointment.

Cancellations outside the 48 hours are refundable, less a $10 administration fee.

Reschedules with 48 hours notice are complimentary.

While I understand the need to reschedule, I am a busy practitioner, last minute reschedules and cancellations deprive another client of an appointment and make my business unsustainable. 

Thank you for your understanding.

Do you have a waitlist?

Yes, I do have a waitlist and Saturday appointments do often come up at late notice. Click on the link: Please may I be added to the waitlist if you would like to be added.