Women’s Health

woman at the doctor
Women account for three quarters of the patients we see as naturopathic physicians. And therefore we treat all manner of “women’s problems” like PMS, menopause, various complaints like polycystic ovarian disease, infertility, endometriosis, etc. This page is dedicated to the specific needs and concerns of women, throughout their lives.
Women’s health is a rather broad category that covers various aspects of physical, emotional, and mental health issues. Your health is the foundation for all areas of your life, including mental agility, energy, and your physical beauty.
Why take a surface approach to wellness, when you can build from the inside out? Western science based medicine treatments can be symptomatic and leave a lot to be desired. Naturopathic medicine has a lot to offer women and has the potential to build excellent health – the body, mind and soul. Like men, women may neglect their own health and well-being in favour of taking care of the people like their children & family around them. Take the time you need to treat yourself properly and to rebuild yourself. It’s like what they tell you on the airplane – put your own oxygen mask on before helping others. It does those around you no good if you get run down and have nothing more to give! The best medicine is preventative medicine, and naturopathic medicine is preventative and holistic by nature.
Women account for three quarters of the patients we see as naturopaths. And therefore we treat all manner of women’s concerns like premenstrual syndrome, menopause, and various complaints like polycystic ovarian disease, breast lumps, infertility, endometriosis, as well as more complex issues such as lupus.
We have selected some of the best retail women’s formulations here for you, but you will find more under the Member’s Page with which you will need to login. We have more information available for you as a member, and you can purchase a much wider range of “practitioner-only” formulations.

Naturopathic Medicine Can Benefit Women – 12 Reasons

  1. Treat the woman and not the disease. You want your treatment to be the best for YOU as a person, and just for someone to treat a disease.
  2. Drug free.You prefer to use a drug free method of treatment as opposed to an invasive medical procedures and offered potentially toxic pharmaceutical drug prescriptions.
  3. You want to know your options fully. You want to make informed decisions about your health and not just “take orders” from your doctor. I often find that many women consult me to learn the many options open to them, many are pleasantly surprised to learn that the medical way is not the “highway” to health after all.
  4. You want to identify and treat the cause and source of your health problems, not just treat the symptoms or mask the condition. Often just treating the symptom leads to other more complex conditions.
  5. Conventional medical practices are failing you, falling short or you just need a health-care professional that can help you understand how to make informed decisions with your medical doctor.
  6. Someone who actually listens and doesn’t spend just 5 minutes with you, you want a health practitioner that gets to know you and takes the time to understand your health condition(s)and needs.
  7. The availability of multiple or combined treatment options rather than standard medical advice.
  8. You want support in improving your lifestyle, stress levels and diet.
  9. You actually want to prevent disease and/or maintain optimal health and not just treat an illness.
  10. Side effect concerns. You may be justly concerned about long term side-effects of prescription or chemist’s drugs, or unpleasant side effects.
  11. Your doctor may treat only one symptom to the exclusion of another. You may have a complicated health condition that has been treated by separate doctors for each ailment and you wish to have an integrated analysis/approach.
  12. Health food shops may confuse you with their vast supplement range. You want help navigating through the health supplementation industry and clarifying claims of marketed health products.

Premenstrual Syndrome

Many women suffer PMS and in fact it is one of the more common reasons they will come to a naturopathic clinic. The term PMT and PMS are interchangeable terms. Some people use the term PMT (premenstrual tension) to describe the emotional problems faced with premenstrual problems such as tension, anxiety, irritability are tearfulness. The acronym PMS (premenstrual syndrome) more accurately describes the fluctuating syndrome many women experience before their period involving a combination of both emotional and physical complaints. It is now widely recognised that some women with premenstrual disorders experience a markedly compromised quality of life and ability to function normally in daily life, so let’s have a look at this common complaint and how we can offer assistance with natural medicine.


Breast Lumps

Most lumps in the breast are benign (non-cancerous). Most women have a lump in their breast at some stage in their lives, particularly before the menstrual period, when normal breast tissue, under the influence of hormones, is more likely to become prominent and lumpy. As frightening as discovering a lump in your breast, it is important to bear in mind that most breast lumps are not cancer. Lumps should not be disregarded, however. Here is an article which can give you a few tips on prevention and treatment of breast lumps, we look at fibroadenomas, fibrocystic breast disease and I’ll show you five different 3-month breast lump treatment plans.


Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

It is surprising how many women we see with polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD) in the naturopathic clinic, but why? My guess would be that many of these women find their doctor unhelpful with hormonal conditions like PCOD and endometriosis,  as many just do the standard blood tests and then recommended certain drugs or the pill and are told that little else can be done. In fact, a great deal can be done but it takes time, and a busy GP does not have the luxury of spending time with the patient these days. Little advice is given in terms of the all important diet and lifestyle changes required. Because of the complex nature of PCOD, I feel that it is important that women with PCOD be a little bit educated about and understand the health implications related to this syndrome. Let’s take a look at this all too common complaint and see what recommendations the naturopath can offer.


Systemic lupus Erythematosus

(SLE) Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects the body’s connective tissues. SLE, like all auto-immune conditions, occurs when the body produces abnormal antibodies that attack normal body tissue as if it were a foreign invader. The immune system normally accepts its own tissues, and protects the body by producing antibodies or proteins that attach to and destroy foreign invaders, such as bacteria or viruses. In people with lupus, the immune system, for yet undiscovered reasons, produces antibodies that target the body’s own healthy cells, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, disability or death.


Cervical Dysplasia

A diagnosis of cervical dysplasia (CD) can be scary because of the association between CD and cervical cancer. I can assure you, the vast majority of women with cervical dysplasia do not develop cancer, and most low cell grade smears revert to normal with effective natural treatment. However, cervical dysplasia should not be ignored, it is a pre-cancerous condition which indicates that the cells of the cervix are changing and may eventually become cancerous if left untreated. Eric has the best nutritional solutions to offer you the best chances of having a normal smear test next time around.


Endometriosis

Do you have symptoms or had treatment for endometriosis?The possibilities for relief of many symptoms associated with endometriosis,  by simply adopting simple dietary and lifestyle changes are very good. Treatment for endometriosis is sought early on, because “endo” can be particularly painful for some young women I have seen. Many of these have already had an operation to remove the cysts by the time they come to my office.


Postnatal Depression

Post partum depression is also known as postnatal depression or the postpartum blues, is more common than you think. It is surprising how many times I have seen a young woman in my clinic presenting with depression after the birth of her child. Having a baby is quite an emotional time in a woman’s life and for some it can be a real emotional roller coaster with so much to deal with. Being depressed is just not one of the things that a new mother would expect.