Virginia’s Apothecare Services
Naturopaths aim to educate and empower their clients to achieve a true state of health. Naturopathy is a complete system of health care guided by the healing power of nature. It is based on the principles of first doing no harm, finding the cause, prevention, education and most importantly treating the whole person – not only the disease. By integrating conventional health sciences with a range of natural therapies, naturopathy aims to treat the patient’s mental, emotional and physical states for a lasting effect.
Clinical Nutrition combines the traditions of food as medicine and dietary planning with scientific advances in the use of nutrients at therapeutic doses in the treatment, management and prevention of disease. We incorporate the study of human nutrition, food pharmacology, biochemistry, the food system; and government regulations and public health in considering the impact on your health. With all the conflicting information on diet and nutrition it’s nice to know you have someone on your team with the latest research, information and right advice for you.
From the earliest times, herbs have been prized for their life giving and healing properties, and today we still use them widely; because plants have immense power, supporting us throughout our various life stages and needs. Herbalists today have the benefit of centuries of traditional knowledge; coupled with new scientific research into the active constituents that make these plants so effective in overcoming illness and disease. As a Full Member of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia, you can be assured that I will apply the highest standard of knowledge and the latest research when dispensing herbal medicines.
At Virginia’s Apothecare, our aim is to uncover the cause of your health concerns. We offer a range of relevant in-clinic testing that assists us to uncover your biochemical reasons so that we can address the cause and get you back on top of your health in the fastest possible time.
According to the Australian Government, Department of Health, across all ages, changes in health behaviours can reduce the incidence and impact of chronic diseases – the World Health Organization estimates that up to 80% of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, and more than one-third of cancers worldwide, could be prevented by eliminating smoking, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and the harmful use of alcohol. At Virginia’s Apothecare, we are here to support you and provide you with guidance to modify your habits to reduce your risk of developing a chronic disease through weight management or lifestyle advice.
The purpose of the Diet Analysis program is to provide the members a chance to analyse their diet. Proper nutrition along with exercise are vital to healthy living. Eating healthy in our busy lives can be quite challenging with the unlimited food selection and unusual time constraints. That is why it is important to understand what and how much you are actually eating. The Diet Analysis program will provide you with a breakdown of your caloric intake, macro-nutrients (carbs, protein and fat) and micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals). From this breakdown, we interpret the information and make some general diet recommendations based on your personal data.
At Virginia’s Apothecare, we offer a service that helps guide you as a parent, into the exciting world of introducing solids to your beautiful baby. A common issue for first time parents is being unsure about the ins and outs of weening your babies onto solid food. Common questions we hear are when do we start solids? What foods do we introduce? How do you avoid food intolerances? How much food should be offered? We are able to offer one on one consultations in the clinic or also offer group sessions with mothers groups (at a location convenient to your group) to discuss these common questions and any other questions you may have about this stage in your baby’s life.
There are so many food products out there now days… The decision for parents is challenging, what do you feed your kids? What food should I send them to school with? We are here to support you as a parent/care giver or to guide your child through their health journey. Whether they suffer from early childhood obesity, gut issues such as bloating, skin issues or general fussy eating, we are here to guide you into a space that incorporates consistent healthy, clean eating.
Are you feeling out of balance, experiencing brain fog, weight gain, moodiness, hot flashes, insomnia, vaginal dryness, premenstrual syndrome, infertility, irregular periods or decreased sex drive?
These symptoms can be a sign that your hormones are out of balance and not happy. BHRT is normally prescribed for menopausal symptoms but can also be used to help with hormone related conditions including endometriosis, fibrocystic breasts and post natal depression.
Compounded BHRT uses hormones of the same chemical structure as those in your body leading to less side effects. Doses are calculated individually based on your current hormone status determined by blood, urine or saliva testing combined with your presenting symptoms and can also take into consideration your genetics. As each woman is unique, at Virginia’s Apothecare we offer individual solutions rather than a one size fits all approach. This is extremely important when balancing hormones.
A doctors prescription is required for BHRT and we work closely with you and your doctor to help you feel like yourself again. Virginia can prepare your BHRT in a various individual strengths and different dosage forms including troches, topical creams, capsules, sublingual drops and pessaries. After your preparation is made you are not on your own. Virginia will continue to work with you and your doctor to make sure your HRT is working effectively and adjust doses if necessary to give you a truely tailored, personalised result.
We also take an holistic approach can help to balance your hormones using lifestyle strategies, functional testing and herbs. This can be all some women need to balance their hormones and it can also be helpful in conjunction with BHRT.