The naturopathic Clinic is run by Gillian Lewis, our Australian qualified nutritionist & naturopath.
If you are a guest at the retreat, a naturopathic consultation can be included in your schedule by advising Gillian on arrival of your requirements. naturopathic consultations are also available for the general public by appointment.
What can I expect in a consultation?
As each client is unique, we always start with an initial consultation in order to collect a range of background information as well as specific information about the issue(s) that have precipitated the visit. This may include taking some measurements and conducting some basic health tests such as blood pressure, temperature or urine analysis.
Once the information collection stage is complete, Gillian will work with you to create a preliminary treatment plan that addresses your immediate issue(s) as well as addressing any underlying issues that may be present.
The length of the treatment plan will be determined by the health issue(s) present and your response to the treatment program.
Most of the time a treatment plan requires only an initial and a follow up consultation to resolve the health issue(s).
Sometimes, additional consultations may be required but a good adherence to the treatment plan can speed up the process.
What do I need to do?
Wherever possible Gillian uses diet/eating programs to support improved health. She may also prescribe a range of herbal medicines, nutritional supplements, flower essences and homeopathy products for clients to take home.
You may be prescribed one or more of these products as part of your treatment plan and you will be advised how and when to take these. The treatment program may also include lifestyle and/or diet modifications and recommendations to support improved health.
The ideal outcome of each treatment plan is to reach a point where no additional consultations are necessary and the body is maintaining good health. However for some people, particularly those with chronic health conditions, the best outcome is a maintenance phase. The maintenance phase is where minimal herbal or nutritional assistance is required on an ongoing basis to maintain optimal well being.
What doesn't a Naturopath do?
The range of naturopathic services available is diverse, however, a naturopath is not a Doctor. Doctors and other primary health care professionals have a very important role and function that they are uniquely qualified to perform.
Here are a few things that a primary health care professional does that a naturopath does not do:
Prescribe and dispense antibiotics and other pharmaceutical drugs;
Treat emergency injuries, set bones, perform surgery etc;
Note Health emergencies, bacterial infections and life threatening illnesses should always be seen and treated by a Doctor or other primary health care professional.