Frequently Asked Questions

What is Naturopathy?

A Naturopath is a holistic health coach - someone who will help you, guide you, teach you and support you in all areas of your health and wellbeing. They utilise scientifically-proven natural medicine to get to the bottom of your health complaints and develop a treatment plan designed to treat the causes, not just the symptoms. To do this, Naturopaths draw on a wide range of treatment methods, including: herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, homeopathy, dietary and lifestyle advice or other therapies. Naturopaths are also preventative medicine specialists, supporting you in your goal to achieve your best health for life. A Naturopathic Assessment is one of the best preventative medicine tools available, and can often uncover the beginnings of disease long before it has become diagnosable. Above all, Naturopaths firmly believe your health is your wealth. You only have one body to live in, so it is important to make sure you understand it, nurture it and support it.

Naturopathy uses the best of both scientific evidence and traditional medicine to form a complete system of health care. It is underpinned by six principles:

These are kept in mind when a Naturopath first speaks with you about your unique needs, develops a treatment plan and also offers maintenance for long term good health.

Our Naturopaths use various methods in their practice, including herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, iridology, homeopathy, and dietary and lifestyle advice.

Who needs a Naturopath?

We may be biased, but we think everyone! The truth is, people from all walks of life can benefit from a naturopathic treatment.

Every great business person, celebrity and successful individual is surrounded by coaches and advisors to help them achieve their goals.

A Naturopath is like your personal health coach – they will guide you, teach you and support you in all areas of health and wellbeing so that you can achieve your health goals.

Whether you are interested in treatment for a pre-existing condition or preventing future health problems, we can help.

Click here to read more about what a Naturopath can do for you.

What will I get out of working with a Naturopath?

A Naturopath will provide you with an understanding of your current health and how your diet, lifestyle, relationships, stress and workplace has contributed to where you currently are.

We also offer:

 

How is Mullen Health different from other Naturopaths?

We use the best of nature and the latest biochemical testing to address your health concerns and tailor our treatment to your individual needs.

At Mullen Health, we specialise in finding out the underlying cause of your health conditions and restoring you to optimal health. In doing so, we take pride in helping you to understand your health challenges and the steps it will take to restore and maintain your health.

How do I become a client?

Easy! You can book an appointment online heresend us an email here, or pick up the phone and call us on (02) 4961 4075 during practice hours. If you'd like to find out more about our services, we offer a free 15 minute phone appointment with one of our Naturopaths to discuss your current health and how we can help. 

You are also always welcome to drop by and ask any questions you may have. We are located at 16 Murray St, Hamilton NSW 2291.

Or, if you would prefer, you can ask us a question on our active Facebook page.

How long will it take me to feel well?

This is a difficult question to answer, as it depends on how long you have been unwell. In general, it can take up to one month of treatment for every year an adult body has been out of balance. However most of our clients will start to notice improvements in their symptoms from 4 to 6 weeks of commencing their treatment plan.

Treating a person’s underlying causes can take between 3 months to 2 years, again depending on how long a person's body has been unwell or out of balance for.

Why can it take so long?

It takes time for changes in our diet and lifestyle to be reflected in newly generated cells. In fact, red blood cells turnover every 4 months, liver cells take 12 weeks, skin cells take 6 weeks and some digestive cells take 5 days. Bones and other organs can take up to 18-24 months to heal and repair.

How much will it cost?

The cost for consultations and testing is explained in your initial consultation and depends on your current health concerns – the more complex your health concerns, the greater number of tests may be recommended.

Our Naturopaths will always recommend what they determine is the best course of action for each individual client, including necessary supplementation and natural medicines.

If you have any concerns regarding your budget, don’t hesitate to speak to your Naturopath.

Can I claim on my health insurance?

Naturopathic consultations are claimable with most private health funds. Please check details with your fund to ensure you are covered.

What qualifications and specialisations does a Naturopath have?

Until recently, Naturopathy was not taught in mainstream institutions and was only offered as a Diploma at private colleges. Now, there are lots of options. The Bachelor of Applied Science (specialising in Naturopathy) is the ideal qualification.

A good Naturopath must also be a member of an Association, such as ANTA or ANPA and be actively engaged in ongoing education. Our Naturopaths attend at least 2 major seminars a year, as well as completing frequent webinars and short courses.

Our Naturopaths have specialised training in Iridology, natural fertility, GAPS (very few Naturopaths offer this), children’s health, gut health, weight loss, cancer support, thyroid disorders, stress and adrenal fatigue. They also all have qualifications in Nutritional medicine, Herbal medicine and Homeopathy.

What is the difference between a Naturopath and a Nutritionist

A Nutritionist advises you on what to eat in order to reach a specific health goal or lead a healthy lifestyle.

A Naturopath looks at food as just one piece of the health puzzle. They first use specialised testing to uncover the underlying cause of your health concerns, and then use natural medicines, food and lifestyle changes to correct those conditions.

For example, you can do the FODMAP diet on your own to reduce symptoms of IBS, but it is very difficult to fix the underlying issues and heal your gut properly without the help of a Naturopath

What is the difference between a Naturopath and a Herbalist

In terms of education, a Herbalist studies herbal medicine, whereas a Naturopath studies nutrition, homeopathy and lifestyle medicine in addition to herbal medicine.

While herbalists have only herbal medicine in their tool kit, Naturopaths are able to use a wide range of healing tools to achieve the best outcome for you.

Naturopaths focus on treating the body as a whole - physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually - and specialise in finding the cause of your health complaints, not just treating the symptoms.  

How is a Naturopath better compared to other health services?

Think of your Naturopath as being able to see the forest for the trees. Unlike other health services, Naturopaths look at ALL aspects of your health, taking into consideration of your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being.

Naturopaths help you work out an individual plan for your ideal health, and then help you implement it. If they believe you would benefit from further treatment, a good Naturopath will help you coordinate referrals to trusted professionals in the specific order that you need.

What if I still have questions?

We would love to clear up any concerns you may have and put you at ease before you come in to see us.

We're giving you a free 15 minute phone consultation with one of our Naturopaths so you can ask questions about your health.

Alternatively, you can send us your questions via email (click here) or post/private message them to us on our Facebook page (click here). A member of our team will get back to promptly.

You can book a free 15 minute phone consultation with one of our Naturopaths, or if you prefer to email, contact us here with your questions and contact details and one of our care assistants will promptly reply.

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