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Conditions Treated

Naturopathy is a blend of natural therapies tested over time and supported by the best available scientific evidence. It does not just address symptoms or try to suppress them, but looks for the cause in order to resolve the imbalance.

Integrative medicine can alleviate a wide range of conditions and is suitable for all ages. Some of the more common conditions which we can help with include fatigue, stress related ailments, digestive problems and hormonal imbalances. Naturopathy can be used in conjunction with conventional medicine or alone.

Rachel and Rachael are highly experienced naturopaths who specialise in the treatment and testing of Long Covid, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Myalgic encephalitis) and Fibromyalgia. 

Naturopathy can help with many health issues, but these are some of the most common health conditions treated by this practice;

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Energy Management and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E)

Fatigue is a common complaint that can have various causes, and naturopathy offers a holistic approach to understanding and addressing this issue. In naturopathy, fatigue is seen as a symptom of an underlying imbalance in the body and is often related to multiple factors such as poor nutrition, stress, hormonal imbalances, lack of exercise, and inadequate sleep. Naturopathic practitioners believe that by addressing these underlying causes, the body's natural healing abilities can be enhanced, leading to increased energy levels and overall well-being.

Treatment for fatigue in naturopathy focuses on restoring balance and promoting optimal health through natural remedies and lifestyle modifications. This may involve dietary changes, such as incorporating nutrient-dense foods and eliminating processed foods and sugar, as well as identifying and addressing any nutritional deficiencies such as iron or vitamin B12 deficiency. Herbal medicine is commonly used in naturopathy to support the body's energy systems, adapt to stress, and improve overall vitality. Additionally, as naturopathic practitioners we may recommend stress reduction techniques, such as meditation, yoga, or acupuncture, to help manage stress levels and improve energy levels. By addressing the root causes of fatigue and supporting the body's natural healing mechanisms, naturopathy aims to provide a comprehensive and personalized approach to treating fatigue.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic encephalitis (M.E)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is a complex and debilitating condition characterized by persistent fatigue, along with a range of other symptoms such as cognitive impairment, muscle and joint pain, and sleep disturbances. 

While the exact causes of CFS are still unknown, several factors have been proposed, including deficiencies, latent viral infections, and stress. Here's an overview of each:

  1. Deficiencies: Some research suggests that certain nutrient deficiencies may contribute to the development or exacerbation of CFS symptoms. These deficiencies can include vitamins (such as B vitamins, vitamin D, and magnesium), minerals (such as iron and zinc), and essential fatty acids. However, it's important to note that the relationship between nutrient deficiencies and CFS is still being investigated, and not all individuals with CFS will have these deficiencies.

  2. Latent viral infections: There is evidence to suggest that viral infections, particularly those caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6), and other viruses, may play a role in the development of CFS. Some researchers propose that these viral infections may trigger an abnormal immune response or persist in a dormant state, leading to chronic inflammation and fatigue. However, the exact mechanisms are not fully understood, and not all individuals with CFS will have evidence of these viral infections.

  3. Stress: Chronic stress is believed to be a contributing factor in the development and exacerbation of CFS. Prolonged or excessive stress can disrupt the body's natural regulatory systems, including the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which is involved in the stress response. Dysregulation of the HPA axis can lead to imbalances in cortisol and other stress hormones, affecting immune function, energy metabolism, and overall well-being.


It's important to note that while these factors have been associated with CFS, they do not necessarily cause the condition in all cases. The development of CFS is likely multifactorial and can involve a combination of genetic, environmental, and immunological factors. Furthermore, individual experiences with CFS can vary, and the specific causes and triggers may differ from person to person.

The advantage of naturopathy is that you will also improve your overall health and address any potential underlying issues that you may be unaware of. Often, as naturopaths we will be able to identify any ‘gut’ problems such as food intolerances or ‘leaky gut’ that may contribute to your CFS, as well as possible viruses, adrenal dysfunction, or other toxicity issues that may exacerbate the condition. Treating other health issues alongside ensures that you are on the best path to a successful and long-term outcome.

Here at Transformation Health we provide experienced and science-based naturopathy to treat CFS. We use a combination of evidence-based medicine and traditional philosophy, assessing the underlying causes and setting you on the right path of healing. We understand that CFS can be debilitating, and therefore will walk with you and provide support both physically and emotionally along your healing journey.

Long Covid and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Long COVID refers to a condition where individuals experience persistent symptoms or develop new symptoms that last beyond the acute phase of COVID-19 infection. These symptoms can persist for weeks or even months, significantly impacting a person's quality of life. Some common long COVID symptoms include fatigue, brain fog, shortness of breath, joint pain, and sleep disturbances. It is essential to approach the treatment of long COVID holistically, considering both conventional medicine and naturopathic approaches.

In naturopathic medicine, the focus is on supporting the body's innate healing abilities and addressing the root causes of illness. When it comes to long COVID, we emphasise the importance of optimising overall health and addressing specific symptoms through natural means. This may involve supporting the immune system, reducing inflammation, improving sleep, and addressing any nutritional deficiencies.

There are a number of potential underlying mechanisms that are at play with long COVID, including:

organ damage, including damage to the lungs, heart, and brain.

Chronic inflammation

Ongoing immune response and immune system dysregulation.

  • Studies have found inflammation and immune dysregulation can persist for up to 8 months after initial infection in long COVID patients.

Stress, and potentially even post-traumatic stress following acute infection.

Chronic oxidative stress

Reactivation of latent viruses in the body.

  • Post-viral fatigue is a well-documented condition that can occur after a number of different viral infections, such as Epstein-barr virus (AKA glandular fever).

  • One study found a possible link between some cases of long COVID and reactivation of latent EBV (the virus that causes glandular fever and which is latent in around 95% of healthy adults). It is possible that the immune dysregulation caused by the SARS-Cov-2 virus leaves the body susceptible to the reactivation of these latent viruses. This highlights even more the importance of supporting the immune system to help ease long COVID symptoms.

Gut microbiome dysregulation

  • The gut microbiome is intricately involved in regulating the immune system and is well-established as affecting immune regulation.


  • The virus can trigger an autoimmune process in the body, worsening immune system dysregulation.


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Digestive Issues including irritable bowel, bloating, chronic constipation and diarrhoea

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder characterised by symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and changes in bowel habits. There are various treatment approaches that can help manage the symptoms, including naturopathic support.

Naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic approaches to health and wellness, emphasising the body's innate ability to heal itself. Naturopathic support for IBS typically involves a combination of dietary modifications, lifestyle changes, and natural remedies. Here are some strategies commonly used by naturopathic practitioners:

  1. Diet modifications: Identifying and avoiding trigger foods is an important aspect of managing IBS symptoms. A naturopath may recommend an elimination diet to determine which foods worsen symptoms and then create a personalized dietary plan. Common triggers include certain types of carbohydrates (FODMAPs), caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, and fatty foods.

  2. Probiotics: Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that can help restore the balance of gut flora. Naturopaths may suggest specific strains of probiotics that have shown promise in alleviating IBS symptoms, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species.

  3. Herbal remedies: Various herbs and botanicals have been traditionally used to support digestive health. For example, peppermint oil may help reduce abdominal pain and bloating. Other herbs like chamomile, ginger, and fennel may also be recommended for their calming and digestive properties.

  4. Stress management: Stress and anxiety can exacerbate IBS symptoms. Naturopaths often emphasise stress reduction techniques, such as mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques, to help manage symptoms.

  5. Lifestyle modifications: Regular exercise, adequate sleep, and maintaining a healthy weight can all contribute to better overall digestive health. Naturopaths may provide guidance on incorporating these lifestyle factors into a comprehensive treatment plan.


Obvious signs that your gut might need some attention are bloating, flatulence, diarrhoea, constipation, excessive burping, heartburn, indigestion, bad breath, stomach pains, lack of appetite, worms, parasites or nausea.

These symptoms can certianly have a large impact on your every day life. Inhibiting you from doing the things you love to do.

The enteric nervous system is embedded in the wall of the gastrointestinal system. If the gut is compromised this will effect the immune system and weaken immunity.

Skin conditions including eczema and cognitive conditions including depression and anxiety can also be an indicator of gut imbalance or dysbiosis. 

As naturopaths, the importance of treating the gut is the core of our work at Transformation Health.



Menopause is a natural phase in a woman's life that marks the end of her reproductive years. It typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 and is characterised by a decline in hormone production, particularly estrogen and progesterone. This hormonal shift can lead to a variety of unpleasant symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness, and changes in menstrual patterns.

Naturopathic medicine is an alternative medicine that focuses on supporting the body's natural healing abilities. While naturopathic treatments cannot reverse or halt menopause, they can help manage the associated symptoms and promote overall well-being. Here are some naturopathic approaches commonly used during menopause:

  1. Herbal remedies: Certain herbs like black cohosh, dong quai, zizyphus, and chinese yam have been traditionally used to alleviate menopausal symptoms. However, it's essential to consult with a qualified naturopath to determine the appropriate herbs, dosages, and potential interactions with any existing medications.

  2. Lifestyle modifications: Naturopaths often emphasise lifestyle changes to promote hormonal balance and reduce symptoms. These may include regular exercise, stress management techniques (e.g, yoga, meditation), assessing alcohol and coffee consumption, a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and maintaining a healthy weight.

  3. Supplements: Naturopaths may recommend certain supplements to support women during menopause. Commonly recommended supplements include calcium and vitamin D for bone health, omega-3 fatty acids for heart health and hormonal balancce, and phytoestrogenic supplements like rhubarb, soy isoflavones or flaxseed.

  4. Acupuncture: Acupuncture has been suggested to help relieve hot flashes and improve sleep quality in menopausal women.

Children Health

Children’s Health

Quite commonly, we see children with conditions such as obesity, allergies, anxiety and depression, coughs or common colds, asthma, ADHD, autism, behavioural problems, digestive imbalances like constipation or diarrhoea, eczema and other skin conditions. These conditions have a negative impact on children and their families, depriving them of energy and enthusiasm for a happy and fun childhood. 

Good nutrition is important for children of all ages to ensure optimal growth and development and to minimise risks of chronic conditions or complications later in life.


Our Naturopaths may recommend pathology testing either with your gp or our private pathology lab, that may indicate which nutrients are lacking in your child’s diet or which ones are not being absorbed properly. 

Naturopaths are well known for their thorough case taking skills when it comes to clearly understanding why the health problem is occuring. Testing may not always be necessary. In some cases after a good discussion with you, we can decide if tests are a worthwhile option or not needed.

Long covid is quite common in children. Symptoms of long covid in children can be and are not limited to anxiety and mood disorders, behaviour problems, concentration issues and gut imbalances like IBS, causing pain, bloating, constipation and diarrheoa. 

As Naturopaths, we focus on;

Preventive Care: Promoting overall health and preventing illnesses. We can provide guidance on healthy lifestyle habits, including nutrition, exercise, and sleep, to help children develop strong foundations for long-term well-being.

Nutritional Support: Naturopaths can offer nutritional advise to ensure children receive a balanced diet and essential nutrients. They may help identify food sensitivities or allergies, provide guidance on healthy eating habits, and recommend appropriate supplements if necessary.

Herbal Medicine: Naturopaths often use herbal remedies to support children's health. They may prescribe herbal supplements or teas to address specific conditions or symptoms. Naturopaths can provide guidance on appropriate dosages and potential interactions with medications.

Lifestyle and Behavioral Stratergies: Naturopaths may assist with behavioral issues, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or anxiety, by offering lifestyle recommendations, stress reduction techniques, and relaxation strategies. They may also suggest natural approaches to enhance focus and concentration.

Detoxification and Cleansing: In some cases, Naturopaths may recommend gentle detoxification protocols for children to support their body's natural ability to eliminate toxins. This may involve dietary changes, lifestyle modifications, or the use of natural therapies to support the detoxification process.

Support for Chronic Conditions: Naturopaths can provide supportive care for chronic conditions such as asthma, allergies, eczema, and gastrointestinal disorders. They may recommend dietary modifications, supplements, herbal remedies, or other natural approaches to help manage symptoms and improve kids quality of life.


Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Stress and anxiety are common experiences that many people face at some point in their lives. While they are related, they are distinct in their nature. Stress is a response to external pressures or demands, whereas anxiety is a more generalised feeling of unease or fear, often without a specific cause.​

Stress can manifest in various ways, including physical symptoms like headaches, muscle tension, or fatigue, as well as emotional and behavioral symptoms like irritability, difficulty concentrating, or changes in appetite or sleep patterns.


Stress and anxiety can have significant effects on the body, impacting both physical and mental well-being. When a person experiences stress or anxiety, their body's natural response, known as the "fight-or-flight" response, is triggered. This response is designed to help the body deal with perceived threats or dangers. However, if stress and anxiety become chronic or overwhelming, they can negatively impact various bodily systems including the nervous system, the respiratory system, digestive system, muscular system, immune system and the reproductive system.  

Anxiety can cause physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, sweating, or gastrointestinal issues. It can also lead to excessive worrying, restlessness, trouble sleeping, or a sense of impending doom.

Prolonged or chronic stress and anxiety can have negative effects on both physical and mental health. They can weaken the immune system, contribute to cardiovascular problems, increase the risk of mental health disorders, and disrupt overall well-being. 


Naturopathic support can help with coping strategies to manage stress, anxiety and depression.​ The following support may be added to your treatment plan.

Herbal Remedies: Several herbs have calming properties that can help reduce anxiety. Examples include passionflower, chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, and valerian root. These herbs can be taken at recommended doses by a Naturopath. 

Adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha, rhodiola, siberian ginseng and holy basil can support the body's ability to adapt to stress.

Nutritional Support: Ensure a well-balanced diet rich in essential nutrients. Include foods high in omega-3 fatty acids (such as fatty fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts) and foods containing B vitamins (such as leafy greens, whole grains, and legumes). Maintain a healthy and balanced diet, emphasising whole foods and reducing processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol. 

Consider supplementation with nutrients like magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids, as deficiencies in these nutrients have been linked to increased anxiety.


Lifestyle Support:Practice stress-reduction techniques like deep breathing, meditation or yoga.

Aim for regular exercise, as it can improve mood and reduce stress.

Prioritise sleep and establish a consistent sleep routine.

Engage in activities that bring joy and relaxation, such as hobbies or spending time in nature.

Seek social support from friends, family, or support groups.

Engage in relaxation practices like massage, acupuncture, or aromatherapy.​

Developing good time management and prioritising tasks, setting realistic goals, and learning to delegate or say no when necessary can help reduce feelings of being overwhelmed.


Pain, Arthritis and other inflammatory conditions


Pain, arthritis, and inflammation are closely related conditions that often occur together and can have a significant impact on an individual's health and quality of life. 

  1. Pain is a complex and subjective experience that can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury, illness, or chronic conditions. It serves as a warning signal from the body that something is wrong. Pain can be acute, lasting for a short period, or chronic, lasting for weeks, months, or even years. Common treatment options for pain management, include over-the-counter pain relievers such nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which can have some nasty side effects long term.

  2. Arthritis refers to inflammation of the joints, which can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, and limited mobility. There are different types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Osteoarthritis is the most common type and occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of bones wears down over time. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, leading to inflammation. Gout is a form of arthritis caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints. 

  3. Inflammation is a natural response of the immune system to injury or infection. It is characterized by redness, swelling, heat, and pain in the affected area. Acute inflammation is a short-term response that helps the body heal, while chronic inflammation is a prolonged and ongoing state of inflammation that can be harmful. Chronic inflammation is associated with various conditions, including arthritis, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease and underlying viruses such as long covid. Lifestyle factors such as poor diet, smoking, stress, and lack of exercise can also contribute to chronic inflammation.Here are a few ways in which naturopathy can assist with pain and inflammation.


Herbal medicine: Naturopaths may recommend specific herbal remedies known for their anti-inflammatory properties, such as jamaican dogwood, white willow, ginger, boswellia, and devil's claw. These herbs have been traditionally used to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation associated with arthritis.


Dietary modifications: Naturopaths often emphasise a whole-foods, anti-inflammatory diet to reduce inflammation in the body. This typically involves consuming fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, healthy fats (such as omega-3 fatty acids), and avoiding processed foods, refined sugars, and saturated fats.


Nutritional supplements: Certain supplements can be suggested by naturopaths to support joint health and reduce inflammation. Examples include turmeric, omega-3 fatty acids (from fish oil or flaxseed oil), SPM's, glucosamine, chondroitin, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), gelatin and PEA.


Physical therapies: Naturopathy may incorporate physical therapies like hydrotherapy, massage, and acupuncture. Hydrotherapy involves using water at varying temperatures to relieve pain and stiffness in the joints. Massage and acupuncture can potentially help reduce pain, improve circulation, and promote relaxation.


Stress management: Chronic stress can worsen inflammation and contribute to arthritis symptoms. Naturopaths may recommend stress reduction techniques like mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises or yoga, to manage stress levels and improve overall well-being. Naturopathy may also include specific herbal remedidies or nutrients to manage and control stress levels.


Lifestyle modifications: Naturopathy emphasises a holistic approach, which may involve lifestyle changes to support joint health. This can include regular exercise tailored to an individual's abilities and limitations, maintaining a healthy weight to alleviate stress on the joints, and getting sufficient sleep to promote overall healing and reduce inflammation.

Medications: Naturopathy can be safely used alongside some pain medications. We will safely check for any interactions before prescribing combinations. 



Auto-immune disease

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Autoimmune diseases are a group of conditions in which the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells and tissues in the body. Normally, the immune system's role is to defend the body against harmful substances like bacteria and viruses. However, in autoimmune diseases, the immune system fails to recognize the body's own cells and targets them as if they were foreign invaders.

There are numerous autoimmune diseases, and they can affect virtually any part of the body. Some common examples include:

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis: This condition primarily affects the joints, causing inflammation, pain, and stiffness.

  2. Systemic lupus: It is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect multiple organs and systems, including the skin, joints, kidneys, heart, and lungs.

  3. Multiple sclerosis (MS): MS affects the central nervous system, causing damage to the protective covering of nerve fibers and resulting in a range of neurological symptoms.

  4. Type 1 diabetes: In this autoimmune disorder, the immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, leading to high blood sugar levels.

  5. Hashimoto's thyroiditis: This condition involves the immune system attacking the thyroid gland, resulting in an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).

  6. Celiac disease: It is an autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. In celiac disease, the immune system attacks the lining of the small intestine, leading to malabsorption and various digestive symptoms.

The exact causes of autoimmune diseases are not fully understood, but we do know it involves an over reaction of the immune system and a lot of inflammation. As well as a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental factors. Diagnosis typically involves thorough case taking, including medical history, pathology testing, radiology and colonoscopy. 
Treatment aims are to control symptoms, modulate the immune system, and reduce inflammation. This can involve herbal or nutritional supplementation as well as lifestyle changes. 

Here are some ways naturopathy may provide support.

Herbal Medicine: Naturopaths may use herbal remedies with immune-modulating and anti-inflammatory properties to support individuals with autoimmune conditions. Examples include hemidesmus, rehmannia, turmeric, astraglis, ginger, green tea, and medicinal mushrooms like reishi, cordycepts, shiitake and coriolus. However, it's essential to consult a qualified naturopath to ensure proper dosage and safety.

Diet and Nutrition: Naturopaths often recommend an anti-inflammatory diet tailored to the individual's needs. This may involve avoiding trigger foods, such as gluten, dairy, or processed foods, and emphasising whole, nutrient-dense foods. They may also suggest supplements to support immune function, such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, zinc and specific probiotics to modulate the immune system.

​Stress Management: Chronic stress can exacerbate autoimmune conditions. Naturopaths may employ various techniques to help patients manage stress, such as relaxation exercises, mindfulness meditation, yoga, or breathing techniques. They may also recommend lifestyle modifications to reduce stress levels.

Lifestyle Modifications: Naturopaths may suggest lifestyle changes to promote overall well-being. This can include regular exercise, adequate sleep, and avoiding exposure to environmental toxins, such as certain chemicals or pollutants that may trigger immune responses.

Gut Health Optimisation: Since the gut and immune system are closely interconnected, naturopaths may focus on improving gut health to support autoimmune conditions. This may involve addressing gut dysbiosis, optimizing digestion, and identifying and removing potential food sensitivities or allergies.

Detoxification Support: Some naturopaths may recommend detoxification protocols to reduce the burden on the immune system and eliminate toxins that may contribute to autoimmune conditions. These protocols may include targeted supplementation with herbal or nutritional medicine, dietary modifications, or therapies like sauna sessions.

Collaborative Care: Naturopaths often work in conjunction with other healthcare professionals, such as doctors or specialists, to provide comprehensive care. They may help coordinate treatment plans, communicate with other healthcare providers, and ensure a patient-centered approach.

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