Naturopathy2020-03-07T10:06:00+10:00

Naturopathy

Naturopathy is a model of health care that is truly patient-centered, emphasizing prevention, patient education and positivity to support and inspire each individual’s quest for health.

Naturopathy promotes good health and vitality through attending to the foundations of human health and wellbeing, such as nutritious food, clean water, fresh air, regular exercise and a relaxed and healthy mindset.

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Naturopaths aim to treat the whole person rather than just the symptoms and in doing so, they seek to uncover and treat the underlying cause of disease and dysfunction.

Each person is unique with their own life journey, medical history, genetics, lifestyle choices and personal preferences. We must factor in all these aspects to develop a unique health plan that will facilitate a return to health that is sustainable and lasting.

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Along with dietary and lifestyle change, coaching and counselling a range of natural medicines such as herbal medicine, flower essences, homoeopathy & nutritional supplements are also utilized to restore a healthy body, mind & spirit. Everyone is a unique individual and there is no single remedy for every complaint. Karen will select from many different medicines to design the right treatment plan for your health needs.  Individually tailored treatments really give you the best results!

Karen has also created comprehensive Wellness Programs that address all aspects of health – body, mind and spirit! These are personally designed for individuals ready to take their health to the next level. Tailored to suit your exact needs the programs offer a unique blend of expert health assessments, practical advice, mind-body counselling, meditation and mindfulness strategies and general wellness and lifestyle coaching.

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My goal is to help awaken and inspire my clients to their innate potential for living a happier, healthier, more vibrant and meaningful life. When you experience and maintain balance,  health and harmony on all levels – then nothing gets in the way of you fulfilling your life purpose and potential for success.” – Karen
Herbal medicine

Herbal medicine

Plants have traditionally been the world’s major source of medicine and continue to be so in many countries today.  Even many modern pharmaceuticals are derived from plants.  Herbs provide a vast array of healing properties that can be effectively applied in many illnesses and diseases. Using whole plants instead of isolated constituents provides, in many cases, provides protection against unwanted side effects. This is due to the inherent composition of many plants which provide buffering qualities that reduce toxicity.  For example Meadowseet (Filipendula ulmaria) contains tannins & mucilage which offset potential gastric upset from the salicylates that it also contains.

Karen is passionate about herbs and the capacity for them to balance and restore optimal function in all parts of the body.   There are herbs for just about every system of the body and every complaint.  When working from a holistic paradigm, we often incorporate different herbs in our treatment – addressing aspects of the disease process that come from other systems.  For example, when treating the digestive tract, it may be worth addressing the nervous system as well because stress and anxiety are known contributors to digestive complaints such as irritable bowel syndrome.

As a master herbalist, Karen will devise a unique medicinal formula choosing key herbs from the 120+ herbs she stocks in her clinic. This ensures that your herbal treatment will be matched to your individual needs and will provide a safe and effective medicine for your ‘dis-ease’.  Herb can be prescribed in the form of teas, tablets or fluid extracts – and Karen also makes up some wonderful herbal creams and ointments for skin complaints.

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Nutrition

One of the most important contributions you can make to your health is to eat the healthiest foods possible.  The ideal diet is designed to maintain optimum health and encourage vitality and energy. As every individual is different, no one diet is appropriate for everyone. Through careful analysis of each person’s dietary choices & preferences, nutritional strategies can be applied to address health concerns or treat illness.

Foods that are fresh, whole, organic/biodynamic and raw or lightly cooked contain the most energy. Plant foods in particular contain an amazing array of vital nutrients that promote health and healing. Quality animal foods also offer specific and important nutrients for the body.  Supplements are often necessary to correct deficiencies while diets are being improved and also to provide a desired therapeutic outcome.

Nutritional issues for children include fussy eating, poor food choices, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and allergies.  By knowing what foods to include and what to exclude from your child’s diet you can avoid most of these issues.  The early years can influence your child’s relationship to food for many years to come – so it is particularly important to develop healthy attitudes and eating habits during this time.

Flower essences

Flower essences

Flower essences are natural remedies made through infusing flowers in water in sunlight.  They are subtle or vibrational medicines that act more on the emotional body rather than the physical. However, because much of our physical illness starts with imbalances in our emotions and nervous system – these remedies can also allow for physical healing to occur.

The Bach Flower Essences were discovered by Dr Edward Bach in England during the 1930s.  The essences are derived from 38 different flower or herbs that Dr Bach found to be useful for treating illness through correcting emotional imbalance.

The Australian Bush Flower Essences are a modern kit developed by Australian naturopath, Ian White, that support a broader range of different emotional states. Essences can be given alone or mixed together to make an individualized formula. Flower Essence remedies can work in subtle or profound ways to bring about changes in emotional state which can subsequently influence physical health.

The Essence of Angels remedies are a range vibrational essences developed by Simone Matthews. These essences work with our chakras and support balance and healing on all levels of the human being – body, mind and spirit.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy

Homoeopathy which originated 200 years ago is a therapy which is based on the principle of ‘like-cures-like’. This is best explained through example – the bee sting which causes swelling, redness, heat and pain can be cured through the remedy Apis (made from highly diluted bee venom).

Homoeopathy is very safe and particularly suited to infants and children due to the lack of physical substances in the remedies. It has a vibrational or energetic quality imprinted in the remedy which also suits the inherent vital force of children. Homoeopathic medicines can be applied in acute cases of ill health and also in chronic conditions and they can affect change on a physical, emotional and mental level.

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WHAT MY clients SAY

After having our first baby at 40 years of age I we were keen to have a second baby quickly. After two miscarriages which happened early in both pregnancies a friend from my local play group suggested that I see Karen. After a few months of treatment we tried again and two cycles later I was pregnant again. I continued to see Karen and enjoyed a healthy pregnancy and straight forward delivery. We now have a daughter and son. Our daughter has also visited Karen for help with her asthma.

Tracey Henderson, Thornbury, Victoria

I was willing to give anything a go to receive my dream of becoming a mum this is when I came across Karen. It was so lovely to actually have someone that actually listened to me. Karen put me on a super tonic which I call her ‘magic potion’ and after a few weeks in taking this my FSH levels dropped dramatically and this was my lucky month. I finally saw those two bright pink lines on a pregnancy test and realised my dream had finally came true.

Megan Wolarczuk, Mount Coolum, Queensland

Karen taught me about natural fertility and how to know when I am at my most fertile, so it only took 4 menstrual cycles to get pregnant and I actually knew the exact day that I fell pregnant!

Suzanne Vermes, Melbourne, Victoria

I was referred to Karen around 8 years ago, not understanding how a naturopath could help me after years of physical and mental exhaustion from a highly stressful work and personal environment.  Meeting Karen has definitely changed my life and improved my lifestyle considerably.  She spent the first few sessions asking me a lot of questions about my lifestyle, diet and understanding the pressures I was putting my body through working a demanding corporate life.  Karen has prescribed me vitamins, supplements and herbal tonics to help me return to good health and also maintain this over the years.  The game changer with seeing Karen, in addition to her naturopathy advice, is the mind-body tools she has given me to have a better balance in my life and techniques to help reduce stress and better understand myself.  I could not recommend Karen highly enough, she continually listens to what I have going on in my life and adjusts my treatment accordingly.  Karen is a fabulous naturopath, lifestyle coach and counsellor.

Sarah Adam, Brisbane, Qld
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