2021 welcomes Siobhán Bradley a clinical naturopath with a Bachelor of Health Science degree in Naturopathy, AdvDip Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Reiki Master, Advanced Pranic Healer. Further information Siobhán Bradley
Acupuncture is a form of treatment that is safe and effective and first used in Traditional and Classical Chinese Medicine. Today acupuncture is used by main stream and alternative practitioners alike and is very popular. Acupuncture is based on the principle that there are energetic pathways, or channels, throughout the body that influence associated internal organs and structures. Energy from these pathways surfaces at various points on the body, identified as acupuncture points. Each of these acupuncture points serves as a tunnel, or access route, to the deeper circulatory channels within. Extremely fine gauge needles are inserted at selected points, stimulating these points and thereby activating the body’s natural healing abilities.
Chinese herbal medicine is part of a larger healing system called Traditional Chinese Medicine. Herbs are prescribed to restore balance to the opposing forces of energy, Yin and Yang. Disorders that may be treated include digestive problems, eczema, fatigue, gynaecological disorders and stress. Chinese herbal medicine is part of a larger healing system called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which also includes acupuncture, massage dietary advice and exercise. TCM is a popular method of treatment, with nearly three million Australians visiting TCM practitioners every year. Chinese herbs are prescribed to normalise imbalanced energy, or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’), that runs through invisible meridians in the body. Studies have shown Chinese herbal medicines to be successful in treating a range of disorders, particularly gynaecological and gastrointestinal disorders.
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Herbal medicine has its origins in ancient cultures including those of the Egyptians, American Indians and Chinese. It involves the medicinal use of plants to treat disease and enhance general health and wellbeing. Some herbs have potent ingredients and should be treated with the same care and respect as pharmaceutical drugs. In fact, many pharmaceutical drugs are based on the synthesised versions of naturally occurring compounds found in plants. For instance, the heart drug digitalis was derived from the herb foxglove. In recent years, interest in herbal medicine has skyrocketed, leading to a greater scientific interest in the medicinal use of plants. Many international studies have shown that plants are capable of treating disease and improving health, often without any significant side effects. Herbal medicine is used to treat a wide range of disorders including anxiety, arthritis, depression, high blood pressure, insomnia, hormonal imbalances, migraines, skin problems such as eczema and other disorders. Herbs can act on the body powerfully and need to be treated with care and should be prescribed by a qualified herbalist.
Homeopathy (or homoeopathy) is a holistic system of medicine based on the theory of treating ‘like with like’. It stimulates the body’s own healing response to disease, using specially prepared, highly dilute preparations. The word ‘homeopathy” (also known as homoeopathy) is derived from the Greek words homoios meaning ‘similar’ and pathos meaning ‘suffering’. Homeopaths treat the person with specially prepared, highly dilute preparations designed to stimulate a healing response and strengthen the body’s ability to heal itself. They do this by assessing all of the person’s symptoms (physical, mental or emotional) and identifying the remedy that is capable of producing in a healthy person symptoms most ‘like’ the symptoms the person is suffering from. The cornerstone of homeopathic philosophy is the ‘law of similars’. This law or principle is based on a long-held belief (by ancient healers like Paracelsus) that substances that produce symptoms in a healthy individual can be used to treat similar symptoms in a sick person. Modern homeopathy was founded in the 18th century by a German physician, Dr Samuel Hahnemann. An example of this principle is coffee. Coffee can aggravate some people who are sensitive to its stimulating effects. These people may experience increased mental and physical alertness, along with an exaggerated response to stimuli. People who present with symptoms of insomnia, headache, irritability and an overstimulated nervous system may be prescribed a dose of coffea cruda, which has been prepared according to homeopathic principles to settle the symptoms of insomnia. Homeopathy aims to treat the whole person, taking into account personality, lifestyle and hereditary factors as well as the history of the disease. Since all people are unique, homeopathic medicines are prescribed to treat individuals. For example, headaches are treated with different medicines according to the person’s individual symptoms.
By observing the patterns, colours and characteristics of the iris (the coloured part of your eye) information can be revealed on the condition of your body and your health status. The irises act as our bodies ‘early warning system’ and indicate tissue changes, inflammation and irritation happening in different parts of the body. These conditions are known to send nerve messages to the brain. The optic nerve then transfers the message to the iris and colour, fibre and pattern changes may appear. Our Iridologists use this information to demonstrate one’s susceptibility towards certain illnesses, to reflect on past medical problems or to predict health problems which may be developing. Iridology does not substitute for regular medicine testing such as blood tests, MRI’s, Xrays and the like, it’s just another tool we use to assist in our treatment plan.
Healing by touch is as old as mankind. It requires insight, intuition and the use of specialized skills and techniques. The word massage comes from ancient Arabic word ‘mass’ meaning to touch or palpate. Touch or massage has historically been used as a restorative to bring back health and strength. Many of the touch therapies are based on the theory that for good health the body’s energy must flow unimpeded. Massage is a process of manual manipulation of the body´s muscular and soft tissue structure through a variety of techniques ranging form relaxation to clinical and therapeutic applications.
Aromatherapy massage soothes the body and mind through the application of blended essential oils which can assist with anxiety, insomnia, fluid retention, aches and pains along with many other conditions. The flowing strokes of Swedish massage can invigorate or relax the client. A popular massage for all ages.
Pregnancy massage uses basic Swedish techniques modified for the pregnant woman. Relaxing and healing.
Remedial massage focuses on treating injuries, muscular aches and pains and postural imbalances. When muscles and tendons become damaged or impaired, knotted and tense or immobile, remedial massage provides a healing treatment that can be gentle or strong, deep or superficial.
Naturopathy is a science that combines several natural therapies such as nutrition, herbs, iridology, homoeopathy and more in an effort to enable the body to achieve and maintain optimum health. Naturopaths blend centuries of old knowledge with current research on health. The focus is on identifying the underlying cause of illness and selecting the right treatment. During the first consultation the practitioner takes an extensive case history to determine the individual´s needs for overall health, energy and well being. Current pharmaceutical medication is checked for interactions with natural medicine when determining treatment methods. All our practitioners are happy to work with the medical profession.
Nutritional Medicine is the study of food, its nutrients and how diet affects health and wellbeing. As the science of nutrition has developed, so have the clinical applications. Clinical nutrition was initially limited to treating general malnutrition and specific deficiency states. Time marches on and science has found that treatment can include subclinical deficiencies and dependencies. Lab testing can assist in this area such as blood testing and hair analysis etc. As with all natural medicine a practitioner should be consulted prior to initiating supplementation and at regular intervals thereafter. This is due to the adverse effects that can be caused by interactions with other medications or the timing at which vitamins can be taken in conjunction with regular medicine and also if the nutrient is even necessary!
Reflexology has its origins many centuries ago. It can be seen in a 3000 year old frieze in one of the tombs from ancient Eygpt! It is a science based on the principal that reflexes, or areas, in the feet, hands and other parts of the body relate to the internal organs and other structures of the body. It is truly a holistic non-invasive therapy, where the practitioner sees the patient as a whole. It utilizes points on the hands and feet to assist the body to maintain and achieve good health. These relaxing treatments reduce stress, improve circulation and assist a wide range of disorders.
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