I enjoy teaching women how to tune in and listen to the rhythms of their body. Your menstrual cycle is an important indicator of your overall health. We have come to accept that it's normal for menstruation, reproduction and menopause to be accompanied by pain or problems. This is not the case!
Symptoms are the way our body tells us that something is wrong. I believe that women benefit from accepting and loving the way their body is today, and then gently nourishing it back to full health.
Many women suffer unnecessarily from bloating, period pain, sugar cravings and mood fluctuations as part of their monthly cycle.
PMS, migraines and headaches are not something that must be endured month after month and they respond well to dietary changes and herbal treatments. The herbs used to treat PMS can regulate hormones, treat cramping and pain, and lift mood.
I recommend nutrition, lifestyle changes and herbal medicine, to greatly improve your experience of your monthly menstrual cycle.
Some women also experience irregular cycles, extremely heavy bleeding, or have been diagnosed with PCOS or endometriosis.
With each of these problems, there will be a treatment that will suit you best. It may be different to the treatment someone else receives for a similar issue, because of individual variations.
Missing or infrequent periods can be a symptom of a problem such as polycystic ovaries, or it could be a reaction to your busy lifestyle. Herbal medicines are very effective at regulating and gently encouraging a regular cycle.
Heavy periods, flooding and clotting can become an issue, and there are various reasons for it, such as thyroid function, stress, excess oestrogen, low iron levels, and peri-menopause. I will work with you to uncover which is most likely for you.
Depending on the cause of your bleeding, many different herbs can be used to decrease heavy bleeding and get you back to a regular flow. Nutritional supplements and dietary changes will be part of the solution as well. I have found that most women's periods respond quickly to this type of gentle treatment.
The aim of any treatment is to achieve a regular cycle, free from pain and mood changes.
A diagnosis of Polycystic ovaries is more common than you might expect. It is also something that can be reversed with dietary changes and herbal medicines.
PCOS responds well to herbs that balance and regulate the menstrual cycle. Blood sugar regulation and/or adrenal health are often part of the PCOS health picture.
Herbal medicine, in conjunction with diet and nutritional supplements, can balance blood sugar regulation and improve ovulation.
Urinary Tract Infections UTI
Herbal medicine is an excellent alternative to antibiotics if you are experiencing a urinary tract infection.
Cranberry is a well known and widely accepted herb, which has been found to increase acidity in the urinary tract and discourage the growth of bacteria.
I combine a therapeutic dose of cranberry with other soothing and anti-bacterial herbs, to tone the bladder and fight infections. These herbs are very effective and don't upset healthy gut bacteria, as antibiotics can do.
Lifestyle changes to combat frequent urinary tract infections will also be recommended.
Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease that causes severe pain before, during and after menstruation and often also at other times of the month.
Endometriosis pain is caused by lesions that can grow both inside and outside of the pelvis. The pain is affected by estrogen fluctuations and can be felt by some women when they are urinating or having a bowel movement.
Common symptoms of endometriosis include:
severe period pain (often with nausea)
lower pelvic bloating
'stabbing' pain with ovulation
lower back pain
heavy menstrual bleeding
It's common for women to experience severe period pain for many years before being diagnosed with endometriosis. It's important to know if your period pain is normal or if it could be endometriosis.
Naturopaths often examine the gut microbiome of patients with endometriosis. This is because there is a correlation between gut dysbiosis and endometriosis.
It is not unusual to work with women who experience both endometriosis and SIBO because they can influence each other.
An overactive immune system is often the link between the dysbiosis and endometriosis. Naturopaths will work with you to regulate inflammation, manage pain, balance the microbiome and support your immune system.
The vagina contains it's own unique microbiome, which is a balance of bacteria, viruses and fungi. The balance of microbes in the vagina is important for vaginal health.
The vaginal microbiome changes with fluctuations in hormones and is also impacted by diet, hormonal contraceptives, hygiene, and what we put into our vaginas such as tampons, soaps, lubricants and condoms.
A dry vagina is a common complaint by many post-menopausal women. I like to start working with women before menopause (perimenopause) to understand how to maintain a healthy vagina and stop excessive dryness.
Postnatal depletion syndrome
Women with postnatal depletion syndrome don't feel well. They don't feel that they are able to cope in the same way they did before their baby was born. This can affect women for 2 or even more years after the birth of a baby.
Women with postnatal depletion may experience a number of the following issues:
Low energy levels, low libido
Poor recovery from illness
Anxiety, self doubt, worry, heightened inner critic, hyper-vigilance
Hair loss, acne
Worsening of existing medical issues
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I have become very interested in this area of naturopathy because I frequently work with women in their early 40s who are struggling with many areas of their health and also have very young children to care for.
When a woman is very depleted postnatally and possibly also be breastfeeding, healthy eating may not be enough to supply all the nutrients you need. I usually recommend supplementation and a simple herbal formula to new mums.
As you start to feel better and have more time and energy for cooking, I will recommend dietary changes to support the recovery of hormones and adrenal glands. Women need a diet of cooked whole foods and easy to digest proteins and fats, fruits and vegetables.
With the right supplements, herbal medicine and some simple diet hacks you should start to see your energy levels improve; the anxiety lessen; and hair, skin and nails will begin to look healthy again.
Women with multiple health issues
Are you experiencing a number of different health problems and struggling to know what to deal with first? This is one of the strengths of naturopathy because a holistic treatment can deal with most, or all, at the same time.
We will be strategic about working with the most problematic or underlying health problem, as your body will start to respond in many positive ways.
I will teach you how one health problem can cause another, how to know when you need treatment, and how and why dietary changes can have an affect in many areas of your health.
Other problems responding well to naturopathic treatment:
Constipation or diarrhoea
Low iron levels
Mood and energy:
Low mood, mild depression
Stress and anxiety
Lack of energy, fatigue, burn out
Poor memory, brain fog
Metabolic syndrome and healthy ageing
Heart health, blood pressure, cholesterol
Fatty liver disease
Auto-immune and chronic conditions
Diabetes and insulin resistance
Concerns about healthy ageing
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I have found from experience that the best improvements in your health can happen when you work with me consistently over several weeks.
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