According to naturopathic principles, the person is treated as a whole, addressing imbalances and problems on all levels – physical and mental/emotional – to achieve lasting improvements
An initial consultation with a Naturopath typically runs for one hour. During this time the Naturopath will ask questions about the person’s condition, medical history, diet and lifestyle. The consulting Naturopath may then use Iridology (looking into the iris), or tongue and nail diagnosis to get a better picture of the complete health state of the client. If needed, pathology testing such as hair, stool, or blood analysis may be recommended. At Galen our initial consultation includes a complimentary food intolerance test.
Once all of the information is gathered, a treatment plan is formulated that addresses all areas of the person’s life, stimulating the body’s unique self healing capacities, thus supporting the system without simply suppressing the symptoms.
The treatment plan may include advice on diet, lifestyle, exercise, herbal medicine, homeopathic treatments, or other suitable remedies. A Naturopath may also refer the client to other practitioners as part of an integrated health care approach.