Can I book a phone or skype appointment?
Yes, we consult with people from all over the world. When you make your booking online please indicate in the notes section which type of appointment you would like. Our Skype ID is: enhancedvitality. Please note that our booking system is in Melbourne Australia times. In the event that tests are required from a functional pathology laboratory, the request forms can be scanned and forwarded to your email. Similarly any herbal, nutritional, celloid, flower essence or homeopathic remedies that are recommended for treatment can be posted to you at your request or ordered via iHerb online.
What is Naturopathy?
Naturopaths treat the underlying cause and the whole patient, not just the symptoms. Their aim is to educate the patient and develop preventative measures to reduce recurrence. Naturopaths use herbal medicine, nutrition, dietary counselling, flower essence therapy, manual therapies, lifestyle education and homeopathy to treat illness, support healing and maintain health.
Naturopathy involves extensive history-taking, iridology, physical examination, evaluation of pathology tests, and naturopathic diagnosis to find the cause of the patient’s problem. All of the patient’s presenting symptoms are considered in relation to one another and to the patient’s emotional and mental state as the naturopath seeks to treat the whole person.
The Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy degree is a four year qualification.
What is Nutritional Medicine?
Nutritional medicine treats the whole person and aims to address the underlying cause by considering food and nutrients in relation to health and disease. Nutritionists look at the quality of food that is harvested, as well as its preparation and the balance of macro and micronutrients needed by an individual at various stages of life. Nutrition primarily focuses on modifying a person’s consumption patterns to promote the building of healthier tissues and the release of excess fat and toxins from the body.
Nutritionists inquire about the patient’s medical history and symptoms and are trained to conduct basic naturopathic and conventional screening and diagnosis in order to determine the needs of the client. Nutritional consultants may then create a plan that includes individualised recommendations for dietary changes intended to support health, as well as a regimen of nutritional supplements to correct clinical or functional deficiencies. They work with the patient to support them in adopting the changes and achieving desired outcomes.
The Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine) is a three-year qualification.
What is the Difference Between Nutritionists and Dieticians?
Both nutritionists and dieticians practice evidence-based medicine and hold the same overarching vision – better food, better health and wellbeing for all. However, the two practices draw on substantially different philosophies.
Nutritional medicine draws on a holistic approach to healing which takes into account the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Nutritionists recognise that disease is complex and is caused by a combination of factors. This constitutes individualised care which is the cornerstone of holistic practice.
Dieticians on the other hand are primarily trained to give evidence-based dietary advice to treat a range of conditions and translate scientific nutrition information into a tailored diet plan for each client to address their health goals.
What Should I Bring to the First Consultation?
Abdominal pain is a sign that your body is out of balance. This can leave you feeling frustrated, tired and down. There are many different reasons for abdominal pain. It’s important to address the root cause of why this is happening so that your body can heal itself. During your initial consultation our Naturopaths take a detailed case history, run various in-house tests and will request a comprehensive stool test for you if they think this is relevant. Once we have received all your test results back we will put you on a specific treatment plan and diet, to bring your body back to a state of wellness.
Are Private Health Rebates Available?
Private health rebates for consultations may apply depending on your level of cover with your health insurance company. Please contact your individual health fund to check your allowances.
Hi, my name's Helena Davis, Gut Health Expert, Wellness Leadership Coach and Naturopath. As the founder of Pure Gut Health, I help people with gut ailments, improve their mood, increase their energy and restore their gut health. What I'm passionate about is empowering people to live symptom free quality lives.
We are one of Melbourne's leading Naturopath clinics specialising in Gut Health, Candida, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), Blastocystis hominis, Parasites, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Bloating, Stomach Pain, Reflux and Leaky Gut.