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Naturopathy in Logan

natural supplements If you’re seeking a holistic approach to healthcare that doesn’t rely on medication, then we invite you to consider naturopathy. A naturopath practices this type of natural medicine with a focus on treating the cause of a condition rather than addressing its symptomatology. Over the long term, this approach is beneficial as it promotes overall health and wellbeing, whereas treating a chronic health condition through allopathic medicine may result in a long list of pharmaceutical prescriptions and side effects.

Who We See

The types of patients we see at Cactus Chiropractic Lifestyle Centre for naturopathy tend to either wish to optimise their health through functional medicine, or have a chronic condition requiring diet, lifestyle and treatment protocols.

“Most of the people I see have struggled to address their condition from an allopathic perspective and found their condition completely deteriorated. Now they’re trying natural medicine because they realise their answer doesn’t lie in pharmaceutical prescription,” said Dean Gainsford (Naturopath).

A Customised Approach

In naturopathy, we treat each client as an individual. We respect that each individual has a unique health constitution and requires a specific approach. For this reason, in consultation, Dean will provide you with a detailed personal protocol to follow to improve your health outcomes.

What Remedies Are Used?

In naturopathic medicine, priority of treatment is foundationally-based in dietary, nutritional and lifestyle alterations. When remedies are required, we usually recommend herbal, supplemental, homeopathic, amino acid, compound mineral or nutrition-based preparations.

Types of Conditions We See

Here are some primary conditions for which patients seek our naturopathy services:

  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Endometriosis
  • Fertility challenges
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Depression
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Anxiety
  • ADD in children
  • Asperger syndrome
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Fybromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Asthma
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Recurrent urinary tract infection

What to Expect

Please bring any testing you’ve done in the past. Also, to save time, you can complete your forms online, and then you’ll come in for a detailed discussion. Based on your test results, responses to the questions on your paperwork and goals, Dean will come up with a personalised protocol for you to follow.

This first consultation takes one hour.

We recommended you come in for a follow-up consultation about three weeks after your initial consultation. That will give you time to implement some of Dean’s recommendations. You’ll be able to gauge what’s working and what’s not.

Do any of the remedies you propose interact with medications?

Yes, some can. For example, if you’re taking a blood thinner and take garlic, those interact and can have a blood thinning effect, so you may need a medication review. Some people want to increase their dosage of blood thinners or start introducing natural blood thinners, and then get their medication reduced.

One of the advantages of using a natural blood thinner is they don’t block beneficial enzymes like a commonly prescribed blood thinner.

How long will the protocol plan last?

It depends. For example, if a GP is treating your infection and you don’t want to develop resistance to whatever medicines they’re recommending, the protocol needs to be changed every few weeks to avoid resistance.

If someone has had sciatica pain for six years, Dean may recommend some stretching programs they need to do indefinitely.

“Just as we view the benefit of going to a chiropractor on an ongoing wellness basis, some people benefit from seeing a naturopath regularly,” said Dean.

Is a naturopath a replacement for a GP?

No, we believe it’s best to work with a GP for several reasons. A GP can order testing and bulk bill it, saving the patient money. And let’s say you have an ear infection. Dean may recommend you go to a GP to have it syringed, as that’s not something he does.

Is naturopathy suitable for people of all ages?

We accept patients 4 and older and view naturopathy as suitable for the entire family. In his consultation, Dean focuses on guiding the parents to help the child want to cooperate.

Because these parents are coming to a naturopath, they’re open to finding the cause of the problem and getting holistic help for their child. These parents aren’t looking for a quick fix. So most of the parents of Dean’s young patients are willing to put in the time and change their strategies as needed.

Are there any tests that you can order for me versus going to a local lab?

Yes, there are certain tests (e.g. comprehensive immune panels) that can’t be ordered from mainstream labs. Dean sometimes orders these tests, but will first consult with the patient, as the tests can be expensive, but they help provide answers to patients. He can also order blood tests and antibody tests.

Book a Consultation

Wondering if you or your family members could benefit from naturopathy? Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Naturopathy Logan QLD | (07) 3808 8040