Naturopaths are clinically trained and educated to practice as primary care practitioners. They have the responsibility to clinically assess an individual's state of health in order to advise the best course of treatment for that individual. A Naturopath has knowledge of all the body systems, from a biochemical, physiological and pathophysiological perspective.

It is essential for a Naturopath to have a broad understanding of epidemiology, which is the study and analysis of the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease conditions. This enables a Naturopath to critique and question the scientific literature, allowing them to think outside the box and choose the best course of treatment for their patients. 

In addition, it is imperative that a Naturopath has the ability to critique traditional sources of information. This enables the Naturopath to best evaluate what information remains relevant and practical, which can then be integrated with evidence based practices, for the best patient outcomes. 

I have yet to meet an individual who wouldn't benefit from Naturopathic care. Conditions treated by Naturopaths are numerous and can range from a chronic debilitating illness to an acute infection.  The following list is a sample of some of the conditions that are commonly treated by Naturopathic Medicine Practitioners such as myself.

Compromised Immune Function:

  • The Common cold (Coryza)
  • The Flu (Influenza)
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Autoimmune disease 
    • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Grave's and Hashimoto's diseases (Thyroid disorders)
    • Psoriasis
    • Pernicious Anaemia
    • Sjogren's syndrome
    • Type 1 Diabetes
    • Addison's Disease
    • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)
  • Cancer (Preventative and Complementary Treatments)

Gastrointestinal Diseases and Disorders:

  • Food allergy and hypersensitivity
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disorder
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Intestinal Hyper-permeability
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

Respiratory Diseases & Disorders:

  • Sinusitis and Allergic Rhinitis
  • URTI (Upper Respiratory Tract Infection)
  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Cardiovascular Disease: 

  • Hypertension
  • Coronary Artery Disease (Atherosclerosis, Dyslipidaemia)
  • Cardiovascular Ischaemia (Angina)
  • Coronary Heart Failure

Neurological Diseases and Disorders:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • MS (Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Parkinson's Disease

Urinary and Renal Disease:

  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTI's, Cystitis)
  • Nocturia (The need to disrupt sleep to urinate)
  • Enuresis (Bed-wetting)
  • Renal Failure
  • Elevated Uric Acid
  • Renal Stones

Endocrine Disorders:

  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Endometriosis
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Infertillity
  • Menopause
  • PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)
  • PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)

Skin Diseases:

  • Acne Vulgaris
  • Acne Rosacea
  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Herpes
  • Psoriasis
  • Leg Ulcerations
  • Urticaria

Mens Health:

  • Prostatitis
  • Andropause
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease)
  • Cirrhosis
  • Mood disorders (Sleep disturbances, Depression)

Musculoskeletal Disorders:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis