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.
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
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‘‘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.’’
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.