Your go-to guide to natural health practitioners

Around this time of the year, we’re all feeling a little worse for wear. But when you’ve had enough of the antibiotics, aren’t keen to pop another tablet and a good night’s sleep just won’t cut it, where do you look for help?

Well, it appears you don’t have to look very far. Rather, it seems you can’t turn sideways without finding a natural health practitioner ready to relieve your every ailment. But with so many options available, how do you determine which modality is right for you? We’ve done a little digging to give you a guide to natural health practitioners, so you can decide which one will work best for you. And stay tuned over the next few weeks, where we’ll be revealing our list of the top natural health practitioners across the country.

Naturopaths will explore your particular health concerns, working closely with a range of medical specialists to provide you with thorough holistic care. They will generally use a range of tests involving hair, blood and urine analysis, to help the practitioner diagnose you particular areas of concern. They will then provide individualised treatment protocols for you, which may involve diet or lifestyle changes, herbal medicine, supplements and/or detoxification. Natropaths can specialise in a range of areas, from fertility, reproductive health, children’s health, allergies, digestive health, mood disorders and auto immune disease.

In our busy, fast-paced lifestyles it’s all too easy to let our eating regime slip. An accredited, practicing holistic nutritionist will assess your diet and, in the context of your lifestyle, help formulate a healthy eating plan that works for you and your family. They should offer advice and prescribe nutritional natural healing diet plans and supplements to get you back on track, or provide assistance in adjusting to a new or existing condition and diet changes that may be impacting your health and lifestyle.

If you’re feeling run down with stress, lingering health issues, or are just feeling generally out of whack, kinesiology is a gentle, non-invasive healing system based on the belief that our thoughts and feelings impact how we feel physically and spiritually. How we respond to stresses in our lives can create imbalances in the body, which can manifest as everything from emotional problems to digestive disorders, chronic pain and other chronic health issues. To correct these imbalances, a kinesiologist will use muscle monitoring – a way of ‘talking’ to the body to discover the underlying cause of stress on a mental, emotional, physical or energetic level. A variety of techniques will then help to restore the body back to its natural state. 

Acupuncture was developed thousands of years ago in China and is one of the most widely practiced areas of complementary medicine. It’s a holistic treatment based on the principle that qi (or energy) can be activated by the placement and manipulation of fine needles into acupuncture points, correcting imbalances and helping the body to heal itself. Acupuncture is used to treat a range of ailments including chronic pain, stress, arthritis, weight issues, reproductive health and infertility. 

Wellness Coaches
Definitely the current buzz profession of the natural health world, wellness coaches work with you to help you to become happier, and to help you reach your potential in any and every area of your life. “Wellness” is about optimal wellbeing and although it covers all four elements of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellness, a wellness coach will often start with the physical, which can open the door to better wellness in all other areas.

Massage Therapists
Who isn’t a fan of a good massage? Much more than just relaxation, a good massage therapist can help to alleviate chronic stress and pain, as well as improving symptoms of physical and psychological conditions for general wellbeing. Massage aids circulation, ease muscle aches and pains and improves flexibility. There is a whole range of massage therapies available (from holistic, remedial, reflexology, combined massage, energy therapy and so on), and your massage therapist should work with you to figure out what’s best for your needs.

We’d love to know, which natural health practitioners do you use, and what results have you seen?

Special thanks to our friends at Darling Street Health for some valuable information.

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