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As a registered naturopath, based in Auckland’s North Shore suburbs of Devonport and Takapuna, I emphasise natural healing methods and holistic approaches to promote health and well-being. I use a combination of therapies, such as nutrition, herbal medicine, lifestyle counselling and physical therapies, to address the root causes of health issues and support the body’s self-healing abilities.

What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy centres around the healing potential of nature and seeks to uncover and tackle the underlying causes of  sickness. natural, non-invasive, and non-toxic therapies to treat illness and. It incorporates a holistic philosophy that recognizes the interconnectedness of all living things and prioritises natural, non-invasive and non-toxic therapies for treating ailments and promoting wellness. Naturopathy follows six principles: first, to do no harm; to acknowledge nature’s innate healing abilities, to identify and address the root causes of illness, to empower patients with health education, to treat the whole person and to prioritise preventive measures. Naturopaths strive to equip their patients with knowledge and resources to achieve and sustain optimal health.

The history of Naturopathy

The history of naturopathy can be traced back to ancient healing traditions and practices that emphasised the use of natural remedies and holistic approaches to health. The roots of naturopathy can be found in various cultures throughout history, including ancient Greek, Chinese and Indian civilizations.

In the 19th century, the modern practice of naturopathy began to take shape. It was influenced by several key figures who advocated for natural healing methods. One prominent figure was Sebastian Kneipp, a German priest, who popularised the use of hydrotherapy (water-based treatments) as a therapeutic modality.

During the early 20th century, naturopathy gained recognition and popularity in the United States and Europe. Naturopathic colleges were established and practitioners began to integrate various natural healing modalities such as herbal medicine, nutrition, hydrotherapy and physical therapies into their practice.

Another significant influence was Dr. Benedict Lust, a German immigrant to the United States, who is often referred to as the “father of naturopathy.” Dr. Lust established the first naturopathic college in New York in the early 20th century and played a crucial role in promoting and formalising the principles and practices of naturopathy.

However, the rise of conventional medicine and the pharmaceutical industry led to a decline in the popularity of naturopathy in the mid-20th century. In some countries, naturopathy faced challenges in terms of legal recognition and regulation.

In recent decades, there has been a resurgence of interest in naturopathy and other complementary and alternative medicine practices. Naturopathy is now recognized as a distinct healthcare profession in many countries, including New Zealand and there is a growing body of research supporting the efficacy of naturopathic treatments.

Today, naturopathy is practised worldwide and naturopaths undergo rigorous training. 

We blend traditional natural healing approaches with modern scientific knowledge to provide holistic care and support the body’s innate healing abilities.

What conditions can a Naturopath address?

While it’s important to note that naturopaths are not primary care physicians and do not treat emergencies or life-threatening conditions, we can provide supportive care for various health issues.

We can help with conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, constipation, food sensitivities and inflammatory bowel diseases.

We can assist with conditions such as menstrual irregularities, menopause symptoms, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and thyroid disorders.

We can address underlying factors contributing to (chronic) fatigue and help with energy restoration through lifestyle changes, nutritional support and stress management techniques.

We can provide guidance and support for managing stress, anxiety, and depression, often utilising relaxation techniques and herbal remedies.

We can help identify triggers, provide dietary recommendations and use natural therapies to support the immune system.

We can offer complementary care for conditions such as arthritis, back pain, joint pain and sports injuries, often utilising physical therapies, herbal remedies and nutritional support.

We can address skin issues such as eczema, acne, psoriasis and dermatitis by identifying underlying causes and providing natural approaches to support skin health.

Are you a qualified Naturopath?

I am fully qualified with relevant association memberships. 

Can you work with my doctor?

Absolutely! I believe in integrating my care with medical doctors and other specialists.