Naturopath

Naturopath

Rach Aug 11

Rachel

Rachel graduated from the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) in 2006 and has been practising ever since. Her interest in naturopathy began in the Australian outback when a tour guide made her eat a honey-tasting thistle to cure her sore throat which helped sooth it but more importantly, planted a powerful seed of thought. The realisation that one of the oldest indigenous peoples on the planet, would, of course, use the plants growing wild all around them as their primary source of medicine out of geographical necessity was an epiphany. People could survive and thrive without a GP on their doorstep! I was half way there.

The desire to train as a Naturopath came a month or so later when I met one in Melbourne. When I asked what one was, she described it as ‘Nature is the only healer. The job of a Naturopath is to create ideal conditions for this to take place’. This summarised all I had ever felt and knew to be true about vibrant, long-term health. I promptly returned to the UK and began my 3 years of training in both Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine.

Rachel provides individual consultations to guests at Platinum Healing Retreats, as well as conducting educational talks on juicing, detoxification, nutrition and natural healing principles.

What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy is an eclectic system of healthcare which believes that nature is the only healer and the job of the Naturopath is to create conditions within the body to allow this self-healing to happen.

Naturopaths use food (and carefully chosen food-based supplements), exercise, fresh air, sunshine, fasting and hydrotherapy techniques to support the natural healing process. Some Naturopaths will have a special interest in other modalities such as Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy and Acupuncture. Rachel is also a practicing Medical Herbalist.

Naturopathic principles:

Treat the underlying cause of the disease/imbalance, as well as help manage the symptoms.
Treat the individual person, not just a disease label or a list of symptoms
Work with the body to balance pH, excesses and deficiencies.
Aim to strengthen the individual believing that prevention is better than cure
Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
Empower the patient to take charge of their own health for long term good.

What to expect in a consultation?

An initial consultation lasts 90 minutes and is quite in-depth. We will discuss your complete medical history from birth to date, talk about your main presenting complaints, and do a systemic top to toe review of your main bodily systems. Then we take a look at your diet and lifestyle, family history and the mental/emotional side of things. After that, most Naturopaths will take your pulse and blood pressure, before looking at your tongue and your iris’s to determine your constitutional strengths and weaknesses and complete the consultation. All this information creates a unique health picture of you and is incredibly helpful when putting together an effective and bespoke treatment plan to target your areas for improvement. We will also discuss specifically what you would like to achieve post-detox in order to provide you with the best information and guidance to support you on your journey to better health.

Who may benefit from seeing a Naturopath?

Anyone with a persistent health complaint would benefit from seeing a Naturopath, whether physical/emotional or acute/chronic. Naturopaths commonly and successfully treat skin and digestive problems, period pains/PMT, headaches/migraines, low energy/ME, depression and anxiety, respiratory and immune system problems. Some patients come for health MOT to make sure they are living optimally others come for maintenance or to get back on track after a period of unhealthy living. Some Naturopaths will have a special interest in a certain area. Rachel has a special interest in skin conditions and women and children’s health.

To book an appointment with Rachel during your retreat please contact us.