Health Assessment

Health Assessment Protocols

The focus of consultation, diagnostic assessment and treatment is with the underlying cause of ill-health.

Many symptoms may relate to perhaps one ‘system’ in the body (e.g. nausea, stomach bloating and headache with the digestive system). By the same token, one symptom may have more than one underlying cause. For example, migraine headache may be related to a hormone imbalance, a blood circulation irregularity or a liver-related problem.

For optimum health there are four basic and extremely important factors to consider. They are: Digestion, Absorption, Circulation and Elimination. Where symptoms indicate, these four factors will be considered during the course of consultation/s.

Health-related conditions that are assessed

ALLERGIES / ARTHRITIS / BACK & NECK PAIN / FATIGUE / STRESS / HEADACHES / MIGRAINES / DIGESTIVE TRACT DISORDERS

OBESITY (Overweight may be associated with conditions other than over-eating)

CARDIOVASCULAR DISORDERS (Blood pressure irregularities, Bruising, Varicose veins)

BLOOD SUGAR IRREGULARITIES

INFECTIONS (Bacterial, Fungal, Viral)

SKIN COMPLAINTS (Acne, Eczema, Dermatitis, Poor Wound Healing, Ulcers)

WOMEN – Menopause / PMT / Post Natal Depression

MEN – Prostate

Assessment Tools

IRIDOLOGY (Microscopic)

BLOOD ANALYSIS (Microscopic)

BLOOD ANALYSIS (Candida / Coeliac – Antibodies)

BLOOD TYPE ANALYSIS

SPINAL ASSESSMENT / CORRECTION

            Muscle release techniques

            Vertebrae adjustments (gentle technique)

Medicines

WHAT IS HERBAL MEDICINE?

Herbal medicine, also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine, refers to using a plant’s seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside of conventional medicine. It is becoming more mainstream as improvements in analysis and quality control along with advances in clinical research show the value of herbal medicine in treating and preventing disease.

Medicinal plants are used universally. Not only are they popular in developing countries, where over 80% of inhabitants rely on herbal medicines, but also in highly developed countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Herbs contain various ingredients including orthomolecular substances. There are several hundred medicinal plants which have been used traditionally to treat various ailments such as gastrointestinal and liver disorders, urinary tract ailments and various skin conditions.

The herbs that I prescribe are of the very best quality and have been harvested in New Zealand and Australia. For more information log-in to www.mediherb.com.au/ and www.phytomed.co.nz/

ORTHOMOLECULAR SUBSTANCES

Orthomolecular substances include vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, essential fatty acids and flavonoids. These and other substances are known as nutrients. They provide the body with raw materials so that cells can function optimally. When cells work effectively, they produce substances that have a vital role to play in maintaining and promoting good health and in disease prevention. Such substances include enzymes for food digestion and hormones such as insulin for blood sugar control. Some orthomolecular substances act as antioxidants that help to preserve cell structures from being damaged.

The orthomolecular substances I prescribe are well-researched practitioner-only products.

WHAT IS IRIDOLOGY?

“It is possible, through an iridology analysis to discern the location of a problem and then, following proper nutrition, the chemical and structural changes in the body will be visually apparent in the iris. This process provides a necessary guide and method to the practitioner to help improve the patient’s condition and to better monitor the patient’s progress” (Jensen. B. Iridology – The Science and Practice in the Healing Arts. Vol.2 1982).

Iridology is the study of the colour and structure of the iris. The iris has four basic layers. The most visible layer is the outermost layer which consists of trabeculae (iris fibres). These fibres consist of blood vessels, nerve fibres and connective tissues. The various colours of the iris come from the second layer (stroma) which have cells called chromatocytes. By viewing the various colours and structure of the iris one can determine irregularities and / or weaknesses in the body.

Iridology can indicate certain functional irregularities. Examples are those which may be associated with the digestive tract, circulation, or the endocrine (hormonal) system.

It is important to note that Iridology does not name, identify or diagnose diseases (e.g. Hepatitis)

WHAT IS MICRO-BLOOD ANALYSIS?

Micro-blood analysis is the assessment of a single drop of blood taken from a patient’s finger. The blood can be viewed at magnifications from 100x to 1000x. By viewing the red blood cells and white blood cells, one can assess health or potential health problems. The size and shape of red blood cells give clues to health-related problems. White blood cells allow monitoring of the immune system.

There are four basic types of white blood cell, each having a primary function. Too many or too few of each type in a sample may indicate pathology (disease process). Platelet aggregations may indicate increased risk for cardiovascular disease such as heart attack, stroke and angina. Fibrin formation of varying densities and diffuseness may indicate stress and/or damage to hepatocytes (liver cells).