Frequently Asked Questions
What is naturopathy?
Naturopathic medicine harnesses the power of the body to heal itself, with the support of herbs, natural supplements, diet and lifestyle changes. I use the principles of functional medicine, looking at imbalance as the root cause of illness. By addressing deficiencies and toxicities I will gently but powerfully support your body to do what it does best: heal.
Which conditions do you treat?
I work with all chronic complaints from hormone imbalances to high blood pressure, anxiety, eczema, gut issues, autoimmune disorders, type 2 diabetes, weight gain and everything in between.
What can I expect in an initial consultation?
Our first consultation usually takes an hour during which I will examine your unique health history, lifestyle and diet in order to assess and address your current needs and goals. I then create a bespoke personal plan to meet your individual needs, with dietary and lifestyle recommendations and relevant supplementation.
Do you offer functional testing?
Absolutely, but only if I feel that you need it. I have access to gold standard hormone testing (DUTCH), thyroid and gut testing (GI Mapping). It may also be relevant for you to request standard tests from your GP.
Will you look at any existing bloodwork or test results that I have?
Of course. If you have recent tests, be they blood, genetic, hormonal or other functional testing, I am happy to look at them to support our work together.
How often will I need to see you, and can I ask questions between consultations?
It often take years to reach a point of chronic ill-health and as such, working towards vibrant good-health can take many months. I find that clients who see me regularly on their journey back to health, feel the most benefit. This may initially mean monthly consultations until finding stability. I encourage weekly email check-ins in between consultations. Once you feel confident in your plan, you can book shorter consultations to maintain progress, accountability and benefit from my ongoing support.
What treatments do you offer?
I always start with the most gentle treatment plan. This may be a change in diet and lifestyle, with bespoke recommendations for clean, bio-available supplements from trusted sources, alongside breathwork and exercise. If relevant, I also often recommend techniques which you can do at home, such as castor oil packs, coffee enemas, fasting, juicing and hydrotherapy. Occasionally I will refer you to complementary therapists for body work.
How will you monitor my progress and determine if treatments are working?
I ask that you check in with a weekly email in between sessions so that I can answer questions as they arise. Blood tests can be useful for monitoring progress, but I am more interested in how you feel: are you sleeping better? Has your energy improved? How are you feeling about your initial health complaint?
Which supplements do you recommend?
Supplements are only ever recommended as bespoke additions to a carefully curated diet and lifestyle plan: we are unique individuals, each with our own path from ill-health back to wellness. As such there can never be a one size fits all supplement regime. When using supplements, I ensure that they are clean, bio-available and the best fit for each client. I am delighted to be able to pass on discounts from my favourite suppliers. For existing clients, use code CYT6322-35-10 at Cytoplan for 35% off your first order, and 10% thereafter. At Proactive Dispensary, use code nourishandgrow10 for 10% off at checkout.
After we had spoken at length I took on board your recommendations and within less than two weeks my life changed dramatically and continues to improve.
The painkillers are redundant now as my joint pain is non-existent. From having constant pain in every joint to having no pain at all is incredible and it has changed my life.
The changes that you recommended I make are now my new lifestyle and there's no going back!
I've been very impressed that after just one session, Nicola has helped me to balance my hormones and my hot flushes have stopped! I love the way that Nicola works and I really trust her recommendations of supplements, diet and lifestyle.
I'd highly recommend a session with her. I loved her workshops too.
I am so happy that Nicola has become my mentor and naturopath to support me on my own healing path. Not only does she know a lot but she has this amazing positive energy and attitude that gives you the hope you need to continue. When you go through fear, doubts or discouragement, she always has the right words to support you. This is invaluable as I needed faith and a warm supportive presence. I've found the right person to continue to fight for a healthy, vibrant life.