Naturopathic Consultation, Initial
During an initial Naturopathic Consultation we begin working together with a comprehensive appointment reviewing history, current symptoms and concerns and what your goals are. At this time it is determined if functional testing such as that of salvia, hair, urine or stool would be helpful to gather more information.
From this information an educational protocol is developed specific to you and could include lifestyle changes, dietary recommendations, nutrients and botanicals.
Physical body work such as massage and and lifestyle modification techniques like hypnotherapy are considered as well. The protocol is designed to help educate you in the choices available, the benefits they may provide and how to utilize them.
First visits are generally 90minutes depending on the complexity of your history and condition. Filling out the New Client and Health Appraisal forms found at www.berkanaway.com before coming in will help us work efficiently. Follow-ups are generally 30minutes.
Fees are based on a time structure. Discounts are available for seniors, military, firefighters, police, and holistic healthcare professionals (ie massage therapists) with appropriate supporting forms.
A computer invoice is provided to you that may be used for submission to insurance companies.
I look forward to helping you reach your health goals.
Yours in Health,
The term “naturopathy” was coined around 1900 and the first naturopathic medical school in America was founded in 1902 by Benedict Lust. Naturopathy is regaining popularity now following near extinction by suppressive practices of groups such as the AMA from the late 1950’s to early 1980’s.
Unlike most other health care systems, naturopathy is not
identified with any particular therapy (modality), but with a philosophy of life, health and disease. Fundamental to the practice of naturopathy is a profound belief in the ability of the body to heal itself given the proper opportunity. There are seven basic prinicipals to the practice of naturopathy.
Seven Principles of Naturopathy:
1. First, Do No Harm
2. Nature has healing powers
3. Identify and treat cause
4. Treat the whole person
5. The Doctor is a teacher
6. Prevention is the best cure
7. Establish health and wellness
Naturopathy provides a different paradigm to health than
standard allopathic medicine.
1. Address the whole person
2. The body and the mind are interconnected
3. Emphasize achieving good health
4. Treat underlying causes
5. Take an integrated approach
6. Focus on diet, lifestyle and preventative measures
7. Focus on subjective information
8. The Doctor's caring and empathy are critical to healing
9. The Doctor is a partner in the healing process
10.The Client is in charge of health care choices
Therapies utilized within the naturopathic system are clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy,TCM, physical medicine and counseling/lifestyle modification.
Health imbalances addressed include chronic illness, immune dysfunction, respiratory disorders, hormonal dysregulation, gastrointestinal disorders, skin conditions, ADD/ADHD,anxiety and depression.
Gentle, effective programs designed specifically for children offer parents a positive approach with practical guidance and education.