What does the word “Naturopathy” mean?
Naturopathy or the healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae), underpins nearly all the therapeutic techniques in alternative medicine. It is based on the recognition that the body possesses not only a natural ability to resist disease but inherent ability for recovery and self-regulation. In practice, naturopaths employ various physical and biological stimuli to activate and strengthen homeostatic mechanisms (balance).
What is the difference between naturopathy and nutritional therapy?
As mentioned above, Naturopathy underpins nearly all the therapeutic techniques in alternative medicine, such as nutritional therapy, body work, therapeutic massage, iridology, counseling, homeopathy and herbs. It is based on the recognition that the body possesses not only a natural ability to resist disease but inherent ability for recovery and self-regulation. In practice, naturopaths employ various physical and biological stimuli to activate and strengthen homeostatic mechanisms (balance).
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science to promote health, peak performance and individual care. Nutritional therapists use a wide range of tools to assess and identify nutritional imbalances, in order to understand how these may contribute to the individual’s symptoms and/or health concerns.
What is the difference between naturopathy and homeopathy?
Naturopathy and homeopathy are both alternative therapies which treat the individual. However, they are different in the way they treat. Naturopathy uses beneficial agents of nature such as water, exercise, diet, herbs, sunlight and rest to treat. Homeopathy uses highly diluted substances with the aim of triggering the body’s natural healing system.
Is there a recognised official body for Naturopaths?
Yes, there is and it is called the General Council of Registered Naturopaths (GCRN). Their purpose is to establish and maintain standards of education for practitioners. The governing body is to keep a register of persons qualified to practise naturopathy from an ethical and professional manor, which conforms to standards of registration. The GCRN encourages naturopaths to develop their skills and knowledge to improve practitioner standards.
What will happen to me during the treatment?
On your first visit you will need to fill in a new patient registration form and provide consent to examination and treatment. You will then be asked a series of questions about the issue, medical history and questions on your lifestyle. This will allow me to build up a picture of the problem and possible causes. There may be physical examinations such blood pressure, respiratory rate, nail diagnosis and/or urine analysis etc. Specific advice will be given and a few recommendations will be provided. Naturopathy works on the individual, an in depth research will be done on your case to figure out a specific treatment plan that will best suite you and your life style. This will be provided in the follow up consultation.
What is involved in the first consultation?
During the first consultation we will discuss your current health, including diet, lifestyle, family medical history and any specific conditions you are concerned about. During this 1 1/2 hour consultation, you may also be required to undergo some diagnostic tests. These tests may include urine analysis, blood pressure readings and postural analysis, just to name a few.
During the follow-up consultation a treatment plan will be designed and discussed specifically for you, based on the first consultation and your needs and lifestyle. Treatments will only be agreed between the practitioner and patient so that change is realistic and manageable for the patient. Follow-up consultations, if required, will be approximately 1 hour.
We will continually support and help you during treatment and encourage your body to reach optimum level of health.
How long will treatments take?
The first Consultation – During the first consultation we will discuss your current health, including diet, lifestyle, family medical history and any specific conditions you are concerned about. During this 1 1/2 hour consultation, you may also be required to undergo some diagnostic tests. These tests may include urine analysis, blood pressure readings and postural analysis, just to name a few.
The Follow-Up Consultation – A treatment plan will be designed and discussed specifically for you, based on your individual case and needs. Follow-up consultations, if required, will be approximately 1 hour.
Will I have to take all my clothes off?
You will be required to undress during hydrotherapy treatments, massage or during postural analysis, down to your underwear so that application of water or oils are not transferred to the clothing and a clearer analysis can be made during postural analysis. There are occasions when it may not be necessary to completely undress but this will be a clinical decision based on the presenting complaint. You are welcome to wear a swim suite during hydrotherapy though.
Will the treatment hurt me?
One of naturopathy’s principles is that treatment should be none invasive. This means that no technique used on patients should be painful. During massage treatments I ask if the pressure is either too much or too little and I will adjust accordingly. In hydrotherapy the temperature of water will be applied according to patient’s tolerance level and vitality.
Do I get a better treatment if I go to a more expensive Naturopath?
Not necessarily; ALL Naturopaths should give you the best treatment they can, irrespective of the amount they charge. The key for you is to find a practitioner who you get along with and feel comfortable with. Your recovery time will be reduced if you are constantly feeling nervous or uncomfortable.
Naturopaths are generally self-employed so they tend to charge according to their experience. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you will get a better service or treatment.
Do I need to be referred by my doctor to get an appointment?
No, you don’t need a GP’s referral to come and see us, but it is always worth keeping your doctor informed of any treatment you are having for any problems so they can keep their records up to date.
Can I get the treatment on the NHS?
No, naturopaths aren’t registered under the NHS. However naturopathy is complimentary to orthodox medicine, therefore some doctors do refer their patients to naturopaths if they feel the patient will benefit from a naturopathy.
Can I read reviews from previous patients?
Yes, on my website www.naturopathyforlife.co.uk you can read 2 reviews from patients I have treated each for 2 year.
Fees and Payments
How much will the first consultation cost?
The first consultation will last 1 ½ hours. It will cost you £70. A follow-up will last up to an hour and this will cost you £55.
Can I pay by cash?
Unfortunately, you can only pay by cash.
Other ClinicsWhat other Naturopaths are there in the neighbourhood?
We appreciate that finding the right clinic or naturopath isn’t always easy but in and around the Finchley Area there is not a huge variety to choose from! There is one other naturopathic clinic in the area and it is listed below.
- Nita Mistry (North Finchley)
Nita Mistry has been qualified since 1999 so has plenty of experience and offers Naturopathy, Cranial Osteopathy and Osteopathy in her clinic
Are you the most expensive Naturopath in the neighbourhood?
There is only one other naturopath in the area so it is hard to tell. Naturopaths can be very expensive depending on area, however, our prices are reasonable, the first consultation is £70 and follow ups are £55. Naturopaths can charge up to £200 for an initial consultation and £150 for a follow-up. This is obviously the very high end of the scale and in areas like Harley Street.
Are you the best Naturopath in the neighbourhood?
This is almost an impossible question to answer! How do you define the best? Is it by the amount of knowledge that practitioner has? Or do you base it by the average time it takes for patients to recover?
I think the best naturopath in the area is the one that you get the best results from. I am by no means the most experienced, or even the most knowledgeable in certain subjects (maybe in others), but I always do my BEST to help you and if I don’t think I can help you then I will always find someone who can!
Are you open on weekends?
Yes, we are open on Saturdays but by appointment.
How much will the first consultation cost?
The first consultation which includes a thorough case history, full examination of relevant areas and treatment if appropriate, will cost £70.
Follow Up treatments will be £55
How long has the clinic been open?
The official opening for Ashley James Health was in May of 2013 and although the clinic is relatively new, rest assured that all those working in the clinic have plenty of experience, professionalism and competence so you will be in good hands!
Is it easy to park at the clinic?
It is easy to park nearby. There is a car park just a little further down Castle Road on the left which will take no more than 2 minutes to walk from. It is however not free until after 5 pm or on a Sunday or Bank Holiday. Please bear in mind it is not the private car park immediately next to Castle Mews it is the next one down.
How long have you need qualified and how long did you train for?
I graduated in 2011 at the University of Westminster studying a BSc (hons) for three years full time. In the final two years we had hands on clinical practice.
Where have you worked before?
In 2012 I worked in a holistic health clinic on Finchley Road as a naturopath part-time and also treated family and friends. I started working at Ashley’s health clinic from the beginning of 2013.