Naturopathy is a fusion of ancient natural medicine practices combined with modern clinical research. Naturopathic treatment focuses on stimulating the body's natural healing powers to treat underlying causes, not just the symptoms. Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process. We work closely with you to address any acute and chronic conditions. Tailored treatment plans may include integrative pathology, herbal tinctures, practitioner-approved natural supplements nutritional medicine, fitness programs and lifestyle coaching. Naturopathic consults start with a comprehensive health evaluation during an initial 60 or 90 minute consultation.
The clinic carries a dispenses natural and herbal preparations / products that are only available to Registered Naturopath's and Healthcare Practitioners (and are not available for retail sale or to the general public). Practitioner-Only suppliers work exclusively with qualified Practitioners to ensure that their products are prescribed safely by trained professionals. Each of these companies requires their products undergo strict clinical testing to ensure that you are getting safe ingredients at therapeutic doses. Every effort has been made to ensure that the products are of the highest quality.
Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is an integral part of your health. Sometimes, the 'bad food' and chemical toxins inhibit our nutrient absorption and in turn create a negative impact on our general well-being. Symptoms of nutrient deficiency include: stress, fatigue, low mood, poor concentration, depression, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, weight fluctuations, gastrointestinal discomfort, hormonal imbalances, cramps, lethargy, dehydration, headaches, migraines, menstrual pain and the list goes on. Anita is a qualified Nutritionist who will assess you as a 'whole-person' and will take into consideration external factors such as lifestyle, diet and stress, in order to lower your risk of health problems. By making the right health choices this will encourage a healthy flow of vitamins and nutrients to enter the body and therefore eliminate the playground for toxic development of most diseases. Toxic overload can lead to chronic health problems on a physical, psychological and spiritual level. What we put into our bodies influences the harmonious balance of our systems. But our dietary choices are complex with social, cultural, and habitual origins. We will work with you and use the power of nutrition to heal your body.
Life Coaching begins in a safe and private environment. Anita combines counselling, psychology and psychotherapy which will enable to achieve your goals. Sessions are tailored to suit your personal needs. During your consultation a selection of techniques may be explored such as; values assessment, behavioural analysis and goal setting. You will be provided with ongoing support, objective observations and encouraged to be an active participant in the process. Life Coaching consultations are tailored to suit your lifestyle and budget. Between 4 to 6 sessions are recommended but each case is assessed individually. We also offer discount appointment packs. A Life Coaching & Psychotherapy session is a collaborative approach based on the relationship between an individual and a Psychotherapist. These sessions provide a supportive environment that allow you to express yourself openly with someone who’s objective, neutral and non-judgmental. Anita Hale (Life Coach & Psychotherapist) will work with you to identify and change the thought and behavior patterns that are keeping you from feeling your best and fulfilling your potential.
Pathology tests are highly recommended particularly in patients with complex or ongoing problems. Functional pathology tests provide comprehensive reporting to give an accurate overview of a person's physical and chemical biology. Testing can be carried out in many forms such as blood, saliva, urine and hair analysis. Below are a few examples of popular tests that Naturopath's use:
Sleep / Adrenal / Stress
Insulin Blood Panel
Heavy Metal Analysis
Mental Health: Neurotransmitter Testing
Allergy Panels: IgA & IgG Foods, Inhalents & Moulds
Herbal Medicine has been used since the beginning of time. In today's modern world we are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits and value of the ancient practices of herbal medicine. Herbs can be used effectively in a variety of ways to restore normal cellular function, eliminate toxins, balance hormones, detoxify the gastrointestinal tract, stimulate the nervous system, strengthen immunity and restore 'homeostasis or harmony' within the body. You may be prescribed herbs in a capsule or liquid tincture form. You will be required to complete a comprehensive health questionnaire form prior to your appointment in order for your Herbalist to be able to provide you with a specifically tailored formula. Herbal Medicine can have a powerful effect on the body and must be administered by a fully qualified Practitioner. Merrifield Wellness has a separate dispensing area for the practice of herbal tinctures.
Massage therapy is a highly effective natural therapy offering incredible healing properties and benefits to a person's overall well-being.
Circulation of Blood: Tension in the muscles and soft tissues interfere with circulation, resulting in deficient supply of nutrients and limited removal of toxins from the body, hence improved blood circulation is beneficial for almost all health conditions.
Lymphatic Movement: The Lymphatic System plays an integral role in the body’s ability to remove toxins and pathogens from the body. This system benefits from massage where lymphatic flow may be disrupted due to surgery or scar tissue etc.
Release of Toxins: Chronic tension or trauma of the soft tissues can lead to a build-up of toxic by-products which can interfere with metabolism. Massage techniques help by moving these toxins through the body’s normal pathway of release.
Stress Management: Massage Therapy is a highly effective non-conventional method for reducing stress levels and endorsing relaxation. Stress is believed to induce illness with a soaring increase in stress-related diseases being reported.
Improved Mobility: Massage Therapy can assist to restore the body’s natural structure, improve flexibility of joints, relax muscles, repair injuries, correct posture and alignment, therefore enabling improved mobility.
Body-Mind Synergy: Imbalances can occur that effect either the body, mind or both. Massage Therapy can be beneficial in maintaining energy flow encouraging harmony and unity of the multiple bodily systems.