Naturopathy is a health care system that blends modern scientific knowlege with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body and unfavourable lifestyle habits.
Treating both acute and chronic conditions, naturopathic treatments are chosen based on the individual patient. In addition to diet and lifestyle advice, natural therapies including clinical nutrition and herbal medicine may be used.
Conditions which may be treated with Naturopathy ::
- Female reproductive and menstrual problems such as period pain, irregular periods, PCOS, endometriosis and infertility;
- Male reproductive problems
- Skin complaints
- Allergies/hay fever
- Stress, mild depression and anxiety
- Digestive problems
- Cardiovascular issues
- Fatigue syndromes
- Sleep issues
- Thyroid abnormalities
- Acute conditions such as colds, flu’s, bronchitis, sinusitis and urinary tract infections.
- Weight loss
Situations that may be supported by Naturopathy ::
- IVF support
- Pregnancy support
- Preconception care
Kathryn can work with you to establish a diet and lifestyle program that is individually tailored to your needs and the needs of your body. The advice that you are given will depend on your age, situation, fitness level, job, the season, your likes and dislikes, your location and your accessibility to certain foods. Everyone and every body is different so the advice you will be given will be indiviudal to you, rather than a one size fits all model.
You may be prescribed nutritional medicine to supplement any deficiences or imbalances that may be occurring in your body or diet.
The aim of a preconception care program is to ensure optimum health of both partners for at least 3 months before they conceive. This is because it takes arou days for the sperm to develop and the eggs to mature, so anything that is done in this period of time can potentially positively or negatively impact the health of the child. Research has shown beneficial effects of preconception care beyond just the pregnancy and birth, but also shows a significant effect on future generations.
Preconception care ensures the ideal environment for your babies growth and development from the time of conception. It can also reduce the risk of miscarriage and pregnancy complications for the mother and reduce the incidence of developmental or learning difficulties, and passing on the predisposition to any allergy or genetic health issues to the child.
Who is Preconception care beneficial for? Everyone! Those who are thinking about starting a family, those who have been trying without success, and even those who are already using ART (assisted reproductive technology) such as IVF will benefit. It is especially important for older couples, those who have experienced one or more miscarriges, those who have had birth defects, malformation, prematurity, low birth weight, stillbirth, women who have endometriosis or PCOS, and men who have known sperm issues such as count, motility or morphology.
Naturopathic pregnancy care supports pregnant women to be in the best possible health during their pregnancy. It can also support the pregnant women to reduce uncomfortable side effects of pregnancy such as nausea, vomiting, stretch marks, gestational diabetes, varicose veins, heartburn & reflux, and fatigue.
Kathryn can offer dietary and lifestyle suggestions to ensure the healthiest possible development of the growing baby, as well as nutritional advice to make sure that Mum to is replete in all the essential vitamins and minerals for each stage of pregnancy.
Kathryn has extensive experience in supporting women and couples during IVF and other assisted reproductive treatments. The process of IVF can be a very stressful and all consuming time, so Kathryn will be able to provide you with tips and support to make the process as smooth as possible. IVF places extra demands on a women's body and it is important that she is supported nutrionally and has a healthy diet and lifestyle. It is also important that the man is healthy and that he is at his most virile. Kathryn has thorough knowledge of the IVF process and will be able to answer the questions that your fertility specialist may not have had time to answer.
Kathryn has experience in treating babies and children when they are unwell, and understands that it can be a stressful time for parents. Common ailments that Kathryn can assist you with include colic, skin troubles such as eczema and cradle cap, failure to thrive, digestive upsets such as constipation/diarrhoea; and immune issues such as colds, allergies, asthma and ear infections.
Kathryn has a qualification in Natural Fertility Education. If you would like to understand your cycle for interest and empowerment or for the practice of natural contraception or conception, Kathryn is able to educate you in this.
Natural contraception is about learning when you are fertile and abstaining at these times to prevent pregnancy from occurring. It is best suited to committed, co-operative relationships.
Natural conception is about educating women about their cycle to identify when they are most fertile. It can be useful for couples or women who are consciously trying to conceive, to help them understand the best times for intercourse for increased chances of conception.
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