What is naturopathy?
Naturopathy is simply natural medicine in which the naturopath focuses on helping the body utilise its own natural healing abilities.
Naturopaths are trained in many aspects of natural medicine including natural medical sciences (anatomy, physiology, biology, biochemistry, diagnostics), prescribing, physical examination, urine and blood test analysis, diet, herbal medicine, minerals and essential oil prescribing, massage, nutrition, counselling, and iridology.
As naturopaths we consider the patient holistically so we look at many aspects of their life that have bearing on their wellbeing.
We believe in supporting the body and assisting it to tap into its own healing abilities that have been built up over millions of years.
Why visit a naturopath?
Many people visit naturopaths not only to get over illness or disease but also to help them to maximise their health and wellbeing.
The best life is always one where the person is as healthy as possible, enabling them to enjoy the good things in life.
You may visit a naturopath at any age, whether you’re a child, adult, pregnant or as a senior, whatever is the right time to improve quality of life.
What happens in the first consultation?
A naturopathic consultation consists of taking a case history, asking questions about the person’s problem and situation.
It may include a physical examination with the taking of pulse, blood pressure and temperature, listening to the chest with a stethoscope, a tongue and eye examination, palpating and percussing different parts of the body, and considering the results of blood, urine and faecal screening.
What treatments are offered?
Treatment may consist of physical manipulation, dietary advice, health and exercise advice, prescribing of herbs and minerals, and psychological help.
No two people are alike so each treatment is designed specifically to suit that particular patient’s needs.
Remember, naturopathic medicine is all about supporting the body’s natural abilities, promoting wellbeing and propelling people to good health and wellbeing.
What conditions can our Sydney naturopath, Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH, BHSc, ND help with?
Because Tracie is qualified in several disciplines, including naturopathy, herbal and nutritional medicine, massage therapy, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, counselling and sex therapy, she is able to offer help with a wide range of conditions, offering a complete holistic, mind-body solution.
These conditions* include:
Plus many more day-to-day physical and psychological problems, along with helping you in promoting your health to its optimum level.
*Many factors will be important in determining your actual results and no guarantees are made that you will achieve results similar to anyone else’s. Because of the diverse nature of the human body and mind, and the requirement on the part of each individual entering naturopathy treatments to carry out any additional recommendations outside the session, including changes to diet and lifestyle, no guarantees can be made of results. Medical conditions are complex and may be subject to a range of ever-changing variables.
What diagnostic tests are used?
• Physical examination
• Candida test
• Urine test
• Faecal matter analysis
• Blood testing
• Behavioural profiling
• Hair mineral analysis
• Allergy testing
• Skin analysis
• Comprehensive dietary analysis
Can I claim for treatments on my private health fund?
You may be able to claim for naturopathy treatments through your private health fund, either instantly through the HICAPS machine on the day, or by sending off your receipt to your provider.
For details about claiming for treatments through your health fund, please visit our health funds section.
Are your products tested on animals?
All products used and dispensed at the centre are plant-based, not tested on animals and contain no animal-derived ingredients.
Why choose the Australian Health & Education Centre?
Because Dr Tracie O’Keefe, DCH, BHSc, ND is highly qualified in several modalities, including naturopathy, herbal and nutritional medicine, massage therapy, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, counselling and sex therapy, with a wealth of many years’ experience, she is able to look at patients from many different perspectives and evaluate what the best solutions are for that person.
She can offer, if necessary, several treatment options within the one clinic. This means your healing process is conveniently managed with the one practitioner.
We are conveniently located on Elizabeth Street, just 10 mins from the CBD and a 5-minute walk from Central Station.
We are happy to see patients independently or to work with patients’ doctors.
Treatments carried out by Dr Tracie O’Keefe, ND, BHSc, DCH
(Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy), Registered Naturopath (ANPA), Medical Nutritionist & Aesthetician