What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy is a holistic healing system that supports the body's natural ability to heal itself by addressing the underlying cause of disease, as opposed to treating just its symptoms. It encompasses a variety of natural therapies, including herbal medicine, iridology, homoeopathy, kinesiology, massage therapy, acupuncture, lifestyle advice, nutritional counselling and exercise among others.

What Conditions Can Naturopathy Help With?

Although it may be used as a stand-alone treatment for mild conditions, naturopathy is often used as an adjunct therapy in treating patients suffering from a wide range of medical conditions that affect the mind, body, emotions and spirit. Naturopathic medicine is a safe, noninvasive and effective approach to treating the following conditions and more:

  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Digestive issues
  • Allergies
  • Sleep disorders
  • Infertility
  • Cancer
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Menstrual disorders

What's the Cost of Naturopathic Services in Melbourne?

There are several factors that influence the cost of a naturopathic treatment plan in Melbourne. The condition which you are seeking treatment for, the kind of tests you need to undergo, the medications prescribed by the naturopath, the duration of treatment and the consultation platform will contribute to the total cost of the service. The average cost of a 90-minute consultation with a naturopath in Melbourne ranges from $90 to $200.

However, it's worth noting that the actual figure can be higher or lower, depending on the severity of your condition. Additionally, naturopaths offering online naturopathic consultations have a different pricing structure, which is relatively more cost-effective.

How Many Health Professionals Practise Naturopathy in Melbourne?

Over 24.3% of Australia's more than 4,000 naturopaths (Naturopathy in Australia by Soo Liang Ooi et al.) are practising in Melbourne and other suburbs in the state of Victoria, according to Job Outlook. Most of them are working in multidisciplinary clinics, community pharmacies or private practice. The majority of naturopaths collaborate with other complementary medicine practitioners or medical professionals. 

How Many People in Melbourne Use Naturopathy?

An article published in the Australian Journal of Herbal and Naturopathic Medicine states that close to 60% of naturopathic patients in Australia consider their naturopath as their primary care provider, while 37% use naturopathy in conjunction with their standard medical treatment. The majority of Victorian consumers, including those in Melbourne, consult a naturopath for the treatment of chronic conditions, mitigation of the adverse effects of pharmaceutical drugs and improvement of their overall wellbeing.