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Laura Hvala: Masters Counselling & Psychotherapy; Soul Centred Psychotherapist; Sandplay Therapist; BHSc Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition Therapy; DipEd Specialist Education; BSc Anatomy Physiology, Biochemistry

Naturopathy and Functional Medicine

Mandala Health is a multi-modality health-care practice that offers professional services in naturopathy and functional medicine, to help individuals, couples and family groups achieve physical and psychological health and wellbeing.

Natural medicine is a unique holistic and integrative health-care system, based on the application of principles which complement the fundamental philosophies of vitalism (vis medicatrix naturae), holism (tolle totum), and commitment to seek and treat the underlying cause of disease (tolle causam), not just the presenting symptom. These holistic and integrated mindbody therapies are rooted in ancient wisdom traditions that believe in the essential interrelatedness of psyche (psychology) and matter (physiology).

The naturopathic aim is to revitalise energy and restore core physiological and psychological functions. It uses therapies and interventions that are in harmony with nature, and with the needs of each person, to support and stimulate the body’s vital healing mechanisms.

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How Can Naturopathy Help?

Naturopathic can be effective for the treatment of the following conditions:

Digestive disturbances – indigestion, gastro-intestinal pain, reflux, low acid production,  dysbiosis, food intolerance, nutritional malabsorption, intestinal permeability, leaky bowel, irritable bowel and chronic fatigue syndromes, pain, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, intestinal infections/infestations, intestinal inflammatory conditions.

Detoxification – systemic, digestive, liver, heavy metals, xenoestrogens

Pain, inflammation & autoimmunity and allergic conditions – dysbiosis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, myalgia, eczema, psoriasis, arthritis and sinusitis

Poor immunity and chronic infections – respiratory tract infections, colds and flu, urinary tract infections, chronic skin conditions.

Chronic stress and mood disorders – stress, conflict, grief, trauma, anxiety, depression, adrenal exhaustion, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic sleep disorders,

Metabolic syndromes and hormone conditions – cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, hypoglycaemia, cholesterol, gout, metabolic syndrome X, menstrual hormone disorders, PMS, menopause, fertility management, weight management – gain or loss.

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Naturopathic Principles & Values

At Mandala Healths, naturopathic treatments are guided by the fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine, holistic and integrative mindbody therapies; and other contemporary systems of functional medicine, and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) systems.

Naturopathic Philosophical Principles

Vitalism-vis medicatrix naturae-denotes that the body is able to heal itself. This healing power (vital life-force) is an inherent self-organizing, ordered healing process of living systems which establishes, maintains and restores health. Vis medicatrix naturae is often referred to as an extension of creator consciousness or cosmic consciousness (World Naturopathy Federation, 2017)

“Life is governed by a self-regulating and self-healing intelligence; its function is to assimilate healthy material into organism and defend it against invasions from outside. Seated in the stomach; likened to fire. (Paracelsus 1493-1541)

Naturopaths support, facilitate and augment the vital life-force and healing process by identifying and removing obstacles to health and recovery; by supporting the creation of a healthy internal and external environment; and by ensuring that the mind is consciously functioning towards wellbeing.

Holism is recognised today as a key component to health. It is not only the health of individuals, but also the ecological environment and interconnected web of life.  Concepts of holism are embodied in the term ‘sustainability,’ which implies the system’s ability to maintain its structure (organization) and function (vigor) over time in the face of external stress (resilience). A healthy system must also be defined in light of both its context (the larger system of which it is part) and its components (the smaller systems that make it up).

The holistic approach of naturopathic practice recognizes that the spiritual, psychological, functional, and structural aspects of an individual are interdependent aspects of the whole person. A holistic treatment means addressing the the intrapersonal and interpersonal dynamics, as well as the interaction of individuals with their environment and other external factors.

Identifying the root cause of disease and the aggravating factors is an essential aspect of naturopathic care. Nowadays there are just more factors. As part of the therapeutic encounter, a naturopath / naturopathic doctor explores a range of factors that impact health and disease including: genetics, lifestyle, social, environmental, external and medical interventions. The naturopathic understanding is that health is improved by reducing the number of factors that strain the body and interfere with its normal functioning and ability to heal.

“Identifying and treating the underlying cause of disease is not a simple linear causality between events in a person’s life and disease. Human beings are complex, dynamic and integrated systems and it is the accumulation of multiple factors that contribute to health and disease. A specific event might be the primary trigger that initiated or amplified a series of symptoms, but a person’s overall state of health, their resiliency, adherence to lifestyle factors that are suited to their constitution, the impact of environmental factors, the support of family and community etc, all play a role in their ability to handle disrupting factors and stressful situations.” (World Naturopathy Federation, 2017)

The aim of a naturopathic assessment is to determine the specific trigger, situation, environment factor or behaviour that initiated the disruption and that needs to be addressed. 

The body naturally compensates whenever the internal functioning is overwhelmed. This compensation shows up as symptoms and as a disruption
to health. Symptoms are viewed as expressions of the body’s natural attempt to heal. The body is complex and yet logical. It displays symptoms that provide a road map to the root cause

Mandala Health, Suite 1, Level 1, 4A Collier Street, Woodend 3442, Vic ,  0422 515 430