Nat­u­ral health reme­dies can sur­prise

DAILY GRIND More and more peo­ple are opt­ing to treat a range of chronic ill­nesses with nat­u­ral medicine. Natur­opath An­naliese Jones spoke to Ka­rina Abadia about the im­pact mi­nor changes can make to peo­ple’s lives.

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Be­com­ing a natur­opath did not feel like a choice for An­naliese Jones.

It was some­thing she was drawn to nat­u­rally – although it took her a while to get there.

Rather than fol­low in her mother’s foot­steps and be­come a natur­opath to be­gin with, she wanted to ex­plore other op­tions.

She stud­ied nutri­tion for a year and then baked gluten­free prod­ucts for health stores be­fore en­rolling at Eller­slie’s South Pa­cific Col­lege of Nat­u­ral Medicine.

She stud­ied a Bach­e­lor of Health Sci­ence (Com­ple­men­tary Medicine), an Ad­vanced Di­ploma in Natur­opa­thy and an Ad­vanced Di­ploma in Herbal Medicine. When she grad­u­ated in 2004 she worked for a sup­ple­ment com­pany giv­ing mini-con­sul­ta­tions in health stores and phar­ma­cies all over the coun­try.

A few years later she be­gan her own prac­tice, rent­ing a room in clin­ics and see­ing clients at her house. She now works ex­clu­sively from her Mt Eden home.

Most of the 32-year-old’s clients find her through wordof-mouth.

With a one-year-old son her three-day prac­tice keeps her as busy as she needs to be.

She typ­i­cally sees be­tween five to eight clients per day with ini­tial con­sul­ta­tions last­ing an hour and fol­low up ses­sions 45 min­utes.

The idea is to treat the per­son holis­ti­cally and di­etary ad­just­ments are of­ten the foun­da­tion for treat­ment, she says.

At the ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion Ms Jones will ad­min­is­ter a live blood anal­y­sis. She analy­ses a drop of blood un­der the mi­cro­scope, en­abling her to pin­point such things as


it nu­tri­tional de­fi­cien­cies, in­flam­ma­tion, al­ler­gies and de­hy­dra­tion.

Peo­ple will usu­ally leave with a di­etary plan, a type of vi­ta­min and min­eral ther­apy and per­haps some herbal medicine made up of a mix­ture of one to seven herbs.

Three weeks later she does a sec­ond blood anal­y­sis to track progress.

Then she may see the per­son once more, although some pa­tients re­quire fur­ther treat­ment.

‘‘The nice thing


The Nat­u­ral Par­ent Mag­a­zine.

‘‘Treat­ing chil­dren is so re­ward­ing be­cause they tend to re­spond really quickly and the re­sults can be huge.’’

Although there is more aware­ness of natur­opa­thy th­ese days, Ms Jones still comes across peo­ple who haven’t heard of the pro­fes­sion.

There are plenty of mis­con­cep­tions, the most com­mon be­ing that natur­opa­thy is not re­search-based, she says.

‘‘Peo­ple are of­ten amazed by the fact that small changes can have really pro­found ef­fects on their health.’’


Holis­tic ap­proach: Natur­opath An­naliese Jones uses herbal medicine in con­junc­tion with nu­tri­tional ad­vice to of­fer sup­port on things such as weight loss, anx­i­ety and in­fer­til­ity.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour to watch a video of Mrs Jones de­scrib­ing what she does.

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