Nutritional Medicine is a science derived modality that considers food and nutrients in relation to health and disease. It analyses the quality of food, its preparation methods, and the balance of macro-and micro-nutrients needed by an individual in various life stages.
Nutrition primarily focuses on changing a person’s consumption habits to promote the building of healthier tissues, the release of excess fat or toxins from the body.
Nutritional Medicine studies food and its nutrients and the impact it has on health and wellbeing.
The Nutritional Medicine Practitioner looks at the therapeutic potential of food, dietary choices and nutritional supplements as a way of enhancing health or assist in the management of a wide range of health conditions.
A Nutritionist makes individualized assessments to make sure the individual is eating the right foods or taking the right supplements for their condition and helps lay down the basic foundation for good health so that well-being is established.
Why see a nutritionist? People choose to see a clinical nutritionist for a variety of health concerns. Most of the time these are chronic conditions and symptoms that are dealt with medications only, ignored or simply accepted as a fact of life. Everyday things like weight gain, cravings, tiredness, lack of energy, low mood, sleep issues, pain.
What is herbal medicine?
Herbal Medicine is the use of medicinal plants for therapeutic purposes. It is the oldest form of medicine and it has been practiced by many cultures for thousands of years. It is a medicine made exclusively from plants and it is used in all societies and is common to all cultures. It is a holistic form of medicine that not only treats the symptoms but addresses the underlying causes of the condition.
There are many different “types” of herbal medicine that spring from different cultures around the world. All these have the use of medicinal plants in common, but they vary in the plants they use, the way they prepare and use medicines from these plants, and the philosophy of their treatment approaches. Different cultures may also use the same plants but differ in how it is used, or the part they use.
In Australia the most commonly found cultural types of herbal medicine are Western, Aboriginal, Chinese and Ayurvedic (Indian), although there are also many other cultures represented in Australia that utilize their own unique and traditional herbal treatments.
Western herbal medicine, is based on European herbal medicine traditions. Herbal medicine is increasingly being validated by scientific investigation which seeks to understand the active chemistry of the plant. Many modern pharmaceuticals have been modeled on or derived from chemicals found in plants. An example is the heart medication digoxin derived from foxglove (Digitalis purpurea).
Using plants as medicine provides significant advantages for treating many conditions. The therapeutic activity of a plant is due to its complex chemical nature with different parts of the plant providing certain therapeutic effects.
Herbal medicines are prescribed in the form of liquid extracts, infusions, powders, tablets, capsules or external preparations such as lotions, creams and ointments.
Why see a herbalist?
Herbalists work holistically to get to the underlying cause(s) of health conditions. Western herbal medicine combines traditional knowledge with the latest science to provide individually tailored formulas, which will enhance your vitality, health and wellbeing.
Some conditions managed by both forms of natural medicine (nutritional and herbal) :
Digestive symptoms: constipation, diarrhea, reflux, flatulence, bloating, digestive discomfort that you are told is ‘probably all in your head’ or it does not show up in tests.
Hormonal symptoms: PMS, mood swings, ‘bloatedness, cravings, irregular cycles, etc.
Mental health symptoms: depression, anxiety, mood swings, insomnia, etc.
Skin conditions: eczema,psoriasis,acne etc.
Children’s symptoms: fussy eating, eczema and other skin conditions, digestive troubles, respiratory issues, behavior issues, food intolerances and allergies, hay fever, and other respiratory symptoms.
Everyday symptoms like these stem from our dietary choices, nutrient imbalances, lifestyle choices, environment, and our genetic profile.
Natural Medicine aims to find the CAUSE of symptoms and address fundamental and functional imbalances to allow the body to heal itself and return it to optimum function.
Natural Medicine is PREVENTATIVE Medicine!