Frequently Asked Questions

What types of treatments does Pure Health and Wellness Clinic offer?

Within the field of naturopathy, at Pure Health and Wellness Clinic we use the modalities of homoeopathy, nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, aromatherapy and massage.  We also use various aspects of diet, rest and exercise to form a part of a personalised full treatment strategy for each client. Clinical testing methods – such as saliva, urine, and blood tests – are used to determine exactly how the body may be moving away from its normal healthy balanced state.

What is naturopathy?

Naturopathy, or naturopathic medicine, is a system of healing that relies upon natural, non-invasive treatment strategies. Its focus is on treating the cause of an illness or disease rather than simply treating the condition itself. It seeks to enhance and harness the natural healing properties of the body to encourage healing. Good health is seen as more than just the absence of disease and there is a focus on strengthening the body’s natural defences. Naturopaths use a range of treatment methods to achieve this, including nutrition, homoeopathy, herbal medicine, aromatherapy and therapeutic massage.

What is homoeopathy?

Homoeopathy is based on the principle of like cures like, where substances that produce symptoms in a healthy individual can be used to treat similar symptoms in a sick person. It is used as a means to stimulate the body’s ability to fight infection and susceptibility to disease. The person is treated as a whole and factors such as personality, lifestyle and hereditary influences are taken into account.

What is nutritional medicine?

Nutritional medicine uses vitamin and mineral supplements (usually as liquids or tablets) to improve the body’s availability of vitamins, minerals and trace elements to prevent or combat illness or disease and return the body to its optimum state of health. This is often necessary because modern farming methods, foods and diet may not provide adequate nutrition or nutrients that can be easily absorbed by the body. A state of ill health may also prevent this absorption, contributing to the body’s inability to heal itself.

What is herbal medicine?

Herbal medicine is the use of plant-based remedies to treat and illness or bring the body back to its optimum state of health. Plants have a complex chemical nature, and they have been used therapuetically for thousands of years. Different parts of the plant can have different therapeutic advantages. Many modern pharmaceuticals are modelled on plant-based chemicals, such as digitalis used in heart medication, which is derived from foxglove (Digitalis purpurea).

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy uses essential oils and other aromatic plant compounds to achieve psychological and physical healing. Essential oils are either applied to the skin (in a diluted form) or inhaled to derive their benefit. An example of this is an eucalyptus inhalation to help alleviate the symptoms of congestion when suffering from a cold or flu.

What is live blood analysis?

Live blood analysis uses a special microscope (called a dark field microscope) to examine a drop of blood, looking for variations in the size, shape and structure of red and white blood cells, platelets and other blood structures. It is a useful tool that may identify factors contributing to health concerns.

What is Fitgenes™?

Fitgenes™ is a personalised, science-based health and nutrition program that studies individual DNA profiles to tailor a customised program of lifestyle choices for optimal health and well-being. Through personalised genetic profiling, the Fitgenes™ program analyses a number of genes to determine what nutritional and lifestyle factors influence individual health. The DNA assessment is non-invasive and pain-free.

What is a VegaTest®?

A Vega test is a non-invasive diagnostic test using a highly specialised electronic machine. It examines the body’s natural energy and how this energy is altered, disrupted or improved when exposed to potential therapeutic treatments. A Vega test can determine how well your internal organs and systems are working, from the gastrointestinal tract to hormones, enzymes and the nervous, musculoskeletal and immune systems.  Allergy testing can also be performed, as well as measurement of heavy metals and vitamin and mineral absorption. The Vega test will also determine whether indicated natural medicines or nutrients will be effective in improving health.

What is therapeutic massage?

While relaxation massage forms a component of this treatment, the focus is on relief from pain and chronic health issues. Advanced techniques such as deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy may be used to relieve symptoms and return the body to a state of optimum health. This type of massage is strictly non-sexual and conducted with the utmost professionalism and respect.

What is Swedish massage?

Swedish massage – also called classic massage – is a system of long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration and shaking motions that apply pressure between muscles and bones, rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Shown to be helpful in reducing pain and joint stiffness, it increases the oxygen flow in the blood and releases toxins from the muscles.

What is hair analysis?

Hair provides an insight into the long-term concentration of certain chemicals and other elements in the body’s cells. A small sample of your hair is sent to a specialised laboratory for analysis and the resulting report provides an overview of the minerals and heavy metals present in your body. These may be contributing to a state of ill health and this analysis can provide direction as to the most appropriate treatment.

What is iridology?

Iridology uses the patterns and structures in the iris (the coloured part of the eye) to locate areas of inflammation in the body. The iris is composed of a massive network of nerves that connect to every tissue of the body through the brain and nervous system. This network has been mapped to show which parts of the iris relate to which parts of the body. The patterns, structures and colours in the iris are a ‘window’ into the corresponding health of the various parts of the body and are a useful, non-invasive diagnostic tool.

What is RBTI analysis?

RBTI (Reams Biologic Theory of Ionisation) Analysis is a series of urine and saliva tests that help naturopaths monitor complex body functions. It analyses the carbohydrates, pH, cellular debris, mineral salts, nitrogen and ammonia present in these samples. The results can indicate problems with digestion and nutrient absorption as well as reflecting certain physical or emotional states such as tiredness or stress.

Is naturopathic treatment safe?

Anything prescribed by a naturopath should be taken according to the directions given to you by your practitioner and kept out of reach of children. Do not share prescribed treatments with friends or family members as each treatment is uniquely tailored to the individual and their particular set of circumstances. Naturopathic treatments such as herbal medicines are developed according to strict regulations.

What can be treated?

Most conditions, both physical and psychological, can benefit from naturopathic interventions. The aim is to return the body to its normal, healthy state.

Who can be treated by a naturopath?

Any person of any age can be treated naturopathically.

What do I need to do before I come for my first appointment?

Before you visit us for the first time, please complete and return the forms found on the New Clients page. These forms are an essential part of your initial consultation, providing a comprehensive case history that will help determine the best way to return you to a state of optimal health.

Will I need to come for multiple appointments?

This varies from person to person, and generally depends on the initial complaint – how long you have had it for and how severe it is. Some conditions can be resolved very quickly, while others – especially those that you have had for some time – may take longer.

How much will my consultation cost?

Information about consultation costs can be found on the Contacts page..

Can I get a health fund rebate?

Information about health fund rebates can be found on the Contacts page..

How can I pay for my appointment?

Payment is by credit card, EFTPOS, cash or direct transfer.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

We understand life can be unpredictable and you may need to change the time of your scheduled appointment. If you can’t make an appointment, please contact us at least 24 hours beforehand to cancel or arrange for another time, otherwise you will be charged 50% of your consultation fee. If we are able to allocate your original appointment time to another client there will be no cancellation fee.