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NATUROPATHY

 
A Naturopath is a General Practitioner of natural therapies and seeks to cure disease and maintain health through a holistic approach. A holistic approach to health acknowledges that humans consist not only of physical aspects but also of vital energy and a spirit. For deep healing each level may be addressed to harmonize the body,soul and mind.
 
Hippocrates is often quoted as saying "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food".  As such, Naturopaths base their treatment around the importance of good Nutrition and a Healthy Lifestyle because prevention is better than cure. Around this foundation of nutrition Naturopaths apply any number of other holistic therapies to benefit the client. Naturopaths have a broad knowledge of therapies but usually choose 2-3 to specialise in.
 
Naturopaths combine knowledge in medical sciences with skills in natural modalities to apply the same knowledge as a regular medical doctor but using natural therapies to treat patients instead of drugs and pharmaceuticals. Training to be a naturopath generally requires 3-5 years of specialised schooling including courses in anatomy, physiology and biochemistry as well as counselling and psychology.
 
 
 

 
 
 
  Kelly Thomas
 

Kelly has been practicing Naturopathy for 5 years, having qualified from Southern School of Natural Therapies in Melbourne, Australia in late 2007.  After receiving her degree she headed to Japan to pursue another passion, Aikido.  She fell in love with the country but also realised the pressures that locals and expats experience while living a busy urban life, such as that in Tokyo.

Kelly is offering consultations online via Skype.  This enables those with a hectic life, or those that need an English speaking Naturopath to receive the care they need at a time appropriate for you.  Supplements are sent from Australia for quality purposes.

Please see Kellys own website kellythomasnaturopath.com 

or contact me at kellynaturopathy@gmail.com with any further questions 

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Around 12-15% of the population suffers from seasonal allergies such as hayfever.  Many of us will only experience mild symptoms such as sneezing and a runny nose.  But for others, this can be quite debilitating.

 Allergies can lead to immune system exhaustion.  Not to mention headaches, itchy watery eyes, respiratory hyperactivity and ear infections.  These types of allergies are caused by an imbalance of our immune system and can be treated most effectively while still in childhood. 

 

Treatment is still very effective though if you are an adult sufferer, as there is a lot of work we can do.

 

A naturopath will look at the following;

 · Are you getting  enough Vitamin D?

· How healthy is your digestion system (as this regulates the immune system)

 · Are you allergic to any foods in your diet (i.e. gluten allergy or intolerance)

 · Are you getting enough nutrients for a healthy immune system?

 

These are just examples of what may be contributing to your allergies.  

 

We would tailor a plan specifically for you and may also involve the following supplements;

 

· Probiotics for healthy gut function

 · Zinc and Vitamin C for building a healthy immune system.  Vitamin C also helps decrease allergic response

 · Using herbs such as Adhatoda, Albizia and Perilla leaf to decrease the allergic response and to decrease inflammation

Email Kelly at; kellynaturopathy@gmail.com to set up a consultation via skype to get on top of your allergies.

 


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‘It’s not a hot flush… it’s a CREATIVE surge!’

 

Menopause generally occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 and is defined as one year after the cessation of menstruation.  Fewer hormones are produced, including oestrogen and progesterone and for many women this can lead to menopausal depression, mood changes, heavy periods, decreased bone density, dryness and irritation of the vagina and vasomotor symptoms (hot flushing).

These symptoms can be greatly alleviated or prevented via diet, lifestyle and supplementation.  You don’t have to live with these symptoms and think ‘oh it’s just normal’.  Many women go through what is often referred to as ‘the change’ without…well changing too much.  Here are a few things you can do via diet and lifestyle that can help to prevent and alleviate symptoms;

Include phytoestrogens in your daily diet. Phytoestrogens are found in soybeans, legumes, tofu, sprouts, linseed and some herbs such as red clover.  Phyto oestrogens act like oestrogen and bind to oestrogen receptors.  Adding 100g of tofu or 1 tablespoon of ground linseed to your diet daily can reduce hot flushes and improve vaginal dryness.

Removing or decreasing caffeine, spicy foods and alcohol will help to decrease hot flushes and improve mood.  Replace one coffee a day with a herbal tea or dandelion root tea.

Mind-body techniques such as relaxation breathing, stress management and menopause education can have a positive effect on menopausal women.  Assure quality sleep as this gives our body time to repair and maintain homeostasis.

Exercise will help to prevent menopausal bone loss.  Bone mineral decreases as oestrogen decreases, so it’s important to eat a balanced diet and maintain strong bones.  Exercise also helps to support the cardiovascular system, relieves stress and reinstates mind-body connection.

A healthy diet, plenty of exercise and relaxation throughout our lives will help to prevent issues later on.  But if you are experiencing any difficulties with menopausal symptoms follow these basic guidelines and consult your Naturopath (me!!) for help.

Kelly Thomas