“This is where Naturopathy & Natural Medicine can help you with your healing process”

Orthodox medicine has its place and is undeniably the first line of treatment in many acute and emergency medical situations. However, these situations make up only a small percentage of medical issues. Often medical cases are complex and require ongoing management in both treatment and prevention. But BDHH’s Naturopathy services are here to help you!

Naturopathy presents a holistic approach to healthcare that aims to improve and optimise the health of the whole person. It has a strong emphasis on prevention and education and is particularly effective in the treatment of chronic diseases. We utilise in-depth clinical histories, functional pathology and other physical tests to tap into the body’s own self-healing capabilities. Using symptoms as clues, we seek to understand the underlying cause of the condition with the aim of bringing the patient back to optimal health. Click here for more information about Naturopathy.

Conditions We Help

Through Naturopathy, we promote healthy, clean living through the use of researched herbal medicines, supplements and nutritional and lifestyle modifications tailored to the patient’s specific condition and circumstance. From acute infections to chronic disease, we can help with a variety of conditions such as:

  • Digestive issues e.g. IBS, Food allergy/intolerances, reflux
  • Nervous system disorders e.g. depression, anxiety, insomnia, headaches/migraines, fatigue
  • Acute infections e.g. common cold
  • Hormonal imbalanes e.g. menopause, PMS, period pain
  • Fertility e.g. preconception care, pregnancy, labour and post-labour
  • Endocrine disorders e.g. thyroid issues, diabetes, weight loss
  • Liver disease and detoxification
  • Autoimmune diseases and poor immunity
  • UTIs
  • Paediatrics e.g. colic, teething, constipation, ADHD
  • Musculoskeletal e.g. fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, RA
  • Skin conditions e.g. eczema, psoriasis, acne
  • Cardiovascular e.g. hypertension, CVD, high cholesterol
  • Cancer treatment support

Naturopathy – What to Expect – What should you expect from a consultation?

The Initial Consultation

At your initial naturopathic consultation, you will be asked to arrive 10 minutes early to fill out a brief questionnaire on your health. The first consultation is all about information gathering and goes for 1 hour. I will ask you a series of questions on your health priorities, symptoms, personal and family medical history, current medications, diet, lifestyle and more to gain a comprehensive picture of you and your health. A segment of this consultation will involve various physical assessments such as pH test, blood pressure, weight and height as well as tongue, eyes and nails to detect any nutritional deficiencies or other reasons for disease. Pathology tests or other more specialised tests may also be used or recommended.

Follow up Consultations

Follow up consultations are half the time of initial consultations and allow you to report back on any changes you have noticed or made. Your first follow up consultation is also the time you will receive your treatment plan based on what was shared at the initial consultation. Further follow up consultations will enable your progress to be tracked, give you that accountability that is so often needed when making changes to your health and allow for any adjustments to your treatment plan.

Our Naturopathy Team
About Katie Kuivisto | Naturopathic Medicine
Katie is passionate about treating the whole individual and not just the symptoms but also the cause. She believes that it is her task as a practitioner to encourage the body’s own natural healing processes to not only focus on present health conditions but also to focus on preventing disease.

She is passionate about helping people on their journey to living optimally and getting the most out of life! Katie’s special interest is in digestive health as there is such an important connection between the gut and overall wellbeing, both physical and mental. Weight loss is another interest and she aims to empower you through education and accountability to reach your own health goals.

Katie likes to be active and over the years has played a variety of sports including indoor soccer, badminton, volleyball and table tennis. She loves to travel as well as go for a hike or explore the outdoors in her swag. Otherwise, she can be found enjoying a night in reading a book or involved in an activity at her local church.
About Dr. Tim Howden | Naturopathic Medicine
Tim Howden is a degree qualified Natural Medicine Doctor ND BHSc MCMA with over 12 years clinical experience. He is able to draw on his time working with GPs, pharmacists and allied health practitioners to provide the most effective care in evidence-based Natural Medicine. Tim uses the best therapeutic grade Herbal & Nutritional Medicines and will help you improve your diet so that your body can begin to recover. He has expert knowledge in treating an array of chronic illness in children and adults and is committed to getting lasting results for his patients. Tim’s special interest areas are in paediatrics and family care and men’s health and digestive issues.

Tim’s interests outside of the clinic involve their hobby farm up the bush, taking time with family and appreciating a holistic and healthy Yarra Valley lifestyle.