Aid­ing peo­ple on to path to good health

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 started 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 and with a 1-yearold 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 she will ad­min­is­ter a live blood anal­y­sis. She analy­ses a drop of blood un­der the mi­cro­scope, en­abling her to pin­point such things as 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 is it isn’t just one-size-fits-all. Peo­ple are of­ten amazed how ef­fec­tive herbal medicine can be. Each

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. But that is slowly chang­ing, she says.

The most re­ward­ing part of her job is see­ing peo­ple who take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their well­be­ing and give up their un­healthy habits.

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

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

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 cen­tral­leader.co.nz to watch a video of Mrs Jones de­scrib­ing what she does.

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