What is naturopathic medicine?

by Asha Richards

Women’s Health Expert

In a world where conventional medicine often focuses on treating symptoms rather than addressing the root cause of health issues, many of us are seeking alternative approaches to get to the bottom of our health concerns.

Naturopathic medicine, also known as complementary or integrative medicine, offers a comprehensive and holistic approach to health that emphasises the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a system of healthcare that emphasises a holistic and individualised approach to health. It combines traditional herbal medicines with modern scientific research and evidence-based medicine. The underlying philosophy of naturopathic medicine is to treat the whole person, addressing the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of health.

A Comprehensive and Holistic Approach

Naturopathic medicine goes beyond merely managing symptoms. It aims to identify and address the underlying causes of illness by considering various factors such as lifestyle, nutrition, genetics, and environmental influences. By understanding the interconnectedness of these factors, our naturopathic practitioners develop personalised treatment plans that promote optimal health and well-being.

Evidence-Based Medicine

While naturopathic medicine draws upon the power of traditional herbal medicines, it also integrates current scientific research and evidence-based medicine. Our naturopaths at Hormone Health Studio have each completed a bachelor’s degree and continually undergo professional learning to critically evaluate and incorporate the latest research findings into their practice. This commitment to evidence ensures that treatment decisions are grounded in scientific validity, safety, and therapeutic effectiveness.

Nutrition and Lifestyle Modifications

One of the core pillars of naturopathic medicine is the belief that proper nutrition and lifestyle choices play a crucial role in maintaining and restoring health. We know it ourselves—when we eat well and move our body, we feel better. 

With a focus on whole, unprocessed foods that nourish the body and support healing, our naturopaths work with their clients to ensure nutrition is optimised. Additionally, we provide guidance on appropriate lifestyle modifications, such as exercise, stress management, and sleep hygiene, to promote overall well-being.

Nutritional and Herbal Medicine

Nutritional and herbal medicines are therapeutic tools to support the body’s natural healing processes. Prescribing practitioner-grade nutritional and herbal medicines tailored to each individual’s unique needs often results in wonderful transformations for our clients.

Specialised Expertise in Women's Health

At Hormone Health Studio, our team of naturopaths specialises in various aspects of women’s health. We understand the unique challenges faced by women throughout different stages of their lives. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Period Problems
    Whether you experience irregular, absent, heavy, light or painful menstrual cycles, we can help. The first step is to determine the cause of your abnormalities.
  • PMS and PMDD
    Premenstrual symptoms including mood swings, anxiety, depression, breast tenderness & headaches can improve with naturopathic medicine. 
  • Endometriosis
    We develop a comprehensive treatment plan to help alleviate endometriosis-associated pain, IBS-type symptoms, mental health, and optimise fertility. 
  • PCOS
    Supporting women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) first requires us to determine the driver of PCOS. Be it insulin resistance, post-Pill, adrenal, or environmental, we will work to alleviate symptoms and optimise fertility.
  • Thyroid dysfunction
    Whether you have been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder–Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Graves Disease–or whether you suspect it, naturopathic medicine can help to support endocrine function, gut health, and the immune system to manage thyroid dysfunction.
  • Fertility and IVF Support
    We see many women and couples on the fertility journey. Be it through natural conception or assisted reproductive technologies including IVF, there are many factors we must consider and optimise when trying to conceive.
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum
    Providing holistic care during pregnancy is essential in optimising maternal health, baby’s development, postpartum recovery, and the wild ride of parenthood. 
  • Pregnancy Loss
    Whether you have experienced one or more pregnancy losses, our team at Hormone Health Studio are here to support you on your journey. Comprehensive investigation is required to understand what may be getting in the way on your journey to parenthood.
  • Perimenopause and Menopause
    Naturopathic medicine can work wonderfully to support the hormonal changes and associated symptoms that occur during perimenopause and menopause. From Reduced hot flushes to better sleep, better mood, energy, weight, reduced anxiety—our team are here to help. 
  • Balancing Weight
    Weight loss is much more than energy in versus energy out. We help you develop an individualised strategy for healthy weight management, taking into account hormones, metabolic and endocrine function, the gut microbiome, inflammation, stress, sleep, nutrition, and exercise.
  • Anxiety, Stress, and Depression
    Implementing holistic approaches to address mental and emotional well-being is a cornerstone of our practice at Hormone Health Studio. Utilising nutrition, vitamins, herbal medicines & lifestyle modifications, mental health can improve.
  • Chronic Fatigue
    Investigating underlying causes of fatigue is imperative when addressing chronic fatigue. The use of comprehensive testing including genetic testing as well as nutritional and herbal medicines can help restore energy levels.
  • Chronic Pain
    Be it endometriosis pain or joint pain, naturopathic medicine can help to reduce inflammation, oxidative stress, and ultimately reduce pain.
  • Skin Concerns
    Whether it be acne, rosacea, itchy skin, or anything in between, naturopathic medicines helps to understand what is driving your skin complaint. From gut dysbiosis to hormonal imbalances, inflammation, food sensitivities, nutrient deficiencies, stress, and beyond–naturopathic medicine can help to overcome your skin concerns.
  • General Wellbeing
    No matter your health concern, we can support your overall health and vitality through comprehensive naturopathic care.

Comprehensive Testing and Investigation

At Hormone Health Studio, we prioritise understanding the root causes of health concerns. To achieve this, we offer a range of comprehensive testing and investigation methods, including blood testing, genetic testing, gut and vaginal microbiome testing, heavy metal testing, and organic acid testing. These diagnostic tools provide valuable insights into each client’s unique physiology, enabling us to tailor treatment plans and address underlying imbalances effectively.

Naturopathic medicine offers a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to health and well-being. By combining traditional practices with modern scientific research, our naturopaths aim to treat the whole person, addressing the cause of their health concerns. At Hormone Health Studio, our team of naturopaths specialise in all things women’s health, providing expertise in a wide range of conditions and offering comprehensive testing to support the journey towards optimal health. It’s time to embrace a holistic approach to your well-being and empower yourself on your path to wellness.

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