Frequently Asked Questions

First time visiting a Naturopath? Not sure what to expect? Below we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions. However if your question is not listed, please feel free to get in contact.

What Is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy is an alternative medicine modality that is focused on uncovering the underlying cause of a particular illness or health concern, not just treating the symptoms. Naturopathy is based on the theory that the body holds an innate ability to heal itself and that this can be nurtured through the use of diet modification, lifestyle changes and nutritional and herbal supplementation. Naturopathy is founded on six principles:

  • Primum non nocere - First do no harm
  • Vis medicatrix naturae - The healing power of nature
  • Tolle causam - Identify and treat the cause
  • Docere - Doctor as teacher
  • Tolle totum - Treat the whole person
  • Praevenic - Prevention is best.

Is Naturopathy Backed By Science?

Yes. There is a growing emergence of high quality scientific studies on many of the herbal medicines and nutrients used by Naturopaths. These can be found on Pubmed and in several peer-reviewed medical journals such as the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Melissa will always draw on scientific evidence when working with her clients.

What is Herbal Medicine?

Herbal medicine is the use of plants for their therapeutic value. Plants have been used for medicinal purposes throughout human history, many of which have clinical trials supporting these uses. Melissa uses concentrated liquid extracts uniquely blended together for an individual patient based on their requirements.

What Qualifications Does Melissa Hold?

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Naturopathy. She is also a member of the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA) who are one of Australia's largest professional associations that has uniform registration requirements for practitioners of traditional, complementary medicine and natural therapies. ATNA ensure quality assurance and public safety by ensuring pracititoners maintain the highest qualification and ethical standards.

Why See A Naturopath?

Most of us strive for optimal health and wellbeing. However there is a sea of noise in the health industry. It's easy to get confused with what nutrition plan or supplement is right for you. A Naturopath is an expertly trained practitioner who can take the confusion out of the equation and help you achieve your specific health goals. Whether that be to prevent disease, assist with the management of disease or illness or simply understand the root cause of your particular symptoms.

What Conditions Can Naturopathy Help With?

Naturopathy can be used to assist many health conditions, with some practitioners specializing in certain niche areas. Some of the most commonly treated conditions a naturopath sees are:

  • Digestive health and food intolerances
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Weight management
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Autoimmune disorders

This is just a few of the areas Naturopathy can assist, there is a wide range of conditions not listed above that are commonly treated by Naturopaths.

Why Choose Melissa?

Melissa is a caring and compasionate degree qualified pracitioner with over 7 years experience in the industry. She has an in depth knoweldge in nutrition and herbal medicine and while she sees all manner of conditions, she has a particular interest in the areas of womens health and digestive disorders is very comprehensive. Melissa uses a thorough naturopathic case taking which covers sleep evaluation, phsyco social environement and comprehensive nutrition analysis. Melissa draws on tratitional knowledge, scientific evdence and functional testing to ensure the best outcomes for her clients. Melissa believes in knowledge as power and instills her clients with the knowledge and tools to help support their own health long term. This can be seen in her comprehensive care plans and continued support.

What Testing Does Melissa Recommend And Refer Clients For?

If you have had recent testing performed such as blood’s or scans please bring these to your initial appointment. Melissa may also suggest further pathology or functional testing where it may be advantageous to do so. These include comprehensive stool analysis, food intolerance testing, hormone testing or organic acid testing. The cost of these tests ranges from $100 to $500 depending on the test required. While these are not compulsory, in certain cases they are advised as they give an understanding of the bodies functioning at a point in time. Melissa will discuss the benefits of these tests with you in your appointment. Melissa’s moto is test don't guess as testing can often shorter treatment time with more precise outcomes. Testing can also act as a way to assess treatment.

Do I Need A Referral To See A Naturopath?

No you do not require a referral to see a Naturopath.

What Is The Difference Between Naturopath Supplements And Those From A Chemist Or Health Food Store?

Supplements found in chemists and health food stores are often low dose, poor quality and often do not contain the right forms of nutrients which leads to poor absorption. Naturopaths use supplements that fall under the 'practitioner only’ banner of the Therapeutic Goods Administration. These supplements are supported by scientific research and are higher quality and the right bioavailable forms of nutrients and herbs to ensure the correct therapeutic outcome. Because of this they are also stronger in potency and require use under the guidance of a practitioner to ensure safety is upheld.

How Many Consultations Are Required?

This is dependant on your specific health needs so its best to ask Melissa in your initial appointment. However generally you will require at least 4 and they will initially be every 2-3 weeks. As your health begins to even out these will be further spaced out until you eventually do not require Melissa's assistance.

How Much Does A Naturopath Consult Cost?

Initial consultations are $130, follow up consultations are $85. Any functional testing and supplementation is additional. However Melissa will work with you to develop a plan based on your specific budget.

What Methods Of Payment Do You Accept?

We accept credit card, EFTPOS and cash.

What Is Your Cancellation Policy?

Due to high demand we require at least 24 hours for cancellations or reschedule otherwise the full treatment fee will be applied.

Where is Elixir Naturopathy Located?

Melissa works out of City Cave Wellness Center in Paddington, Brisbane. Opposite the Milton State Primary School.

Where Can I Park?

Parking is available on site as well as plenty of unlimited street parking. If you cannot find a park in visitor or on the stress please feel free to park in the staff car parks and notify reception staff.