What to expect
The first time you come for a consultation at Vital Spirt Natural Health I spend up to forty five minutes with you undertaking a detailed case history. I will ask questions about your medical history, the medications you take, your family history, your lifestyle and specific questions relating to the health problem you are presenting with. Where relevant, I may undertake some simple tests such as your blood pressure or a urine analysis. Please bring along any reports from pathology or radiology to your appointment.
At the end of this case history I devise a specific program with you based on all or any of the following:
- A personalised formula of herbal medication that I will make up for you;
- Nutritional supplements;
- Lifestyle changes; and/or
- Referral to another health practitioner.
A follow-up half hour consultation (usually in a fortnight) is scheduled. Before your first appointment I send you a thorough questionnaire to complete which is returned at the initial appointment. The results of this questionnaire, which forms a take-home report for yourself, helps us formulate long term health goals together.
All consultations are conducted and documented with the utmost confidentiality.
Need help with a particular health problem? Vital Spirit Natural Health offers herbal and nutritional remedies and lifestyle guidance for:
Womens Health eg, Infertility, Endometriosis, Premenstrual syndrome (PMS, PMT), Menopause, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), menstrual cramps (period pain), heavy periods
Injury, pain and joint conditions such as Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout etc
Allergies eg hayfever, sinus infections (sinusitis)
Low immunity eg, Colds and coughs, flu, chronic fatigue, glandular fever, bronchitis, tonsilitis sore tonsils, enlarged tonsils
Skin Conditions eg, eczema, psoriasis, acne (pimples), boils, sebaceous cysts, hives & rashes
Digestive conditions eg Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, bloating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, burping, constipation, reflux, stomach ulcers, candida, food allergy, colic, flatulence, food allergy and intolerance (sensitivity)
Urinary and Prostate Conditions eg, interstitial cystitis, urinary tract infections (UTI), bedwetting, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), Painful Difficult Urinationn
Cardiovascular and Endocrine Health eg, Blood Pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, thyroid conditions (hypothyroidism)
Mental Health eg stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, emotional eating, memory & forgetfullness, stressed
Simply feeling run down and tired. tiredness
, thrush, diarrhea, the runs, flatulent, gas, graves disease, hashimotos
...and much more
Herbal medicine is most useful for chronic illnesses therefore it takes a little while to see improvement (around 4-6 weeks). Health problems are the result of long term imbalance in the body therefore it is reasonable to expect that it will take a while to find relief. Acute conditions such as flu can be treated successfully in a few hours to a day.
Shake It Weight Loss System
Shake It is a scientifically proven weight loss program developed by respected nutritional company Metagenics. It assists you in losing fat and maintaining lean muscle mass which is the key to ensuring your metabolism does not slow down and you do not put the weight back on again. Shake It also corrects nutritional imbalances which are common, such as chromium, which curbs sugar cravings and essential fatty acids which turn on fat burning. These are keys to the success of Shake It, and ultimately to your weight loss.
Another important feature of Shake It is that it is supervised by a qualified Nutritionist and Herbalist rather than a sales assistant with on-the-job training so that hurdles along the way are dealt with appropriately and other conditions contributing to weight such as low thyroid function and hormonal imbalances can be addressed. What’s more, you are taught healthy eating practices which set you up for long term success. Find out more about Shake It by going to the website.
Need a spring clean? Ask yourself these questions:
- Are you often tired or lethargic?
- Do you regularly suffer from bloating, diarrhoea, constipation or other digestive disturbances?
- Do you get recurrent headaches?
- Are you regularly suffering from muscle aches and pains?
- Does poor short term memory and concentration affect your ability to function at work?
- Do you have allergies or sensitivities?
- Do you suffer from depression, anxiety and/or mood swings?
If you answered yes to many of these questions you may suffer from poor body detoxification. The Metagenics detox program is a safe, simple and effective detox program that involves three steps.
This phase focuses the gentle removal of 'bad bugs' (bacteria, yeasts, parasites) from the digestive system.
This stage is aimed at replacing the 'bad bugs' with healthy ones and improving the integrity and function of your digestive tract.
In this final stage you will be taking natural products to support and enhance the capacity of the liver and kidneys to remove wastes.
There are also dietary recommendations that go along with the program and you receive regular newsletters for support.
One of the ways natural medicine differs from conventional is the strong focus on prevention or 'wellness'. If you want to be proactive about your health and stave off illness before it strikes a wellness program might be for you. It encompasses:
- Staying healthy, active and free of chronic disease for as long as possible
- Maintaining vitality, activity and health into old age
- A simple, easy to follow diet, lifestyle and supplementation program
- Regular patient reassessments to monitor progress and reinforce healthy behaviours
My fees are as follows:
Initial Appointment: $90.00* (as of 1/2/2014)
Follow-up Appointments: $50.00*
Extended Follow-up Appointments (over 45mins) $75*
Standard Herbal Formula (200mls): $40.00
Maintenence Herbal Formula (500mls) $80.00
Formulas containing expensive herbs such as fertility formulas are more expensive.
Prices on detox and weight loss products along with topicals and supplements vary.
* Health Fund Rebates Available from most funds if you carry ancillary cover. The major fund which does not at this time is HCF but please check with your fund if you are unsure.
Your consultation time has been reserved especially for you, however I understand that plans may change. If you do need to change or cancel your appointment, you are required to provide 24 hours notice. This allows me to offer your time to another client, and for me to avoid starvation ;)
Without notice a $40 fee applies.