The naturopathic philosophy believes that the body is always in a constant direction of self- cleansing, self-repairing and positive health; even acute disease is the body’s efforts to self-cure. The real cure comes when the cause is removed and the body’s natural ‘vital force’ is raised so it can innately heal and sustain its own health.

Naturopathy can be a combination of treatments from the latest scientifically researched therapies to the wisdom of the ancient remedies that have been used for centuries, all supporting the body to self-heal and repair.

If you would like more information on how Naturopathy can enhance and restore your health, book in for your free half hour consultation.


Clinical nutrition, or the use of diet as a therapy, serves as the foundation of naturopathy – using food as your medicine is a wonderful way to look at it. Learning how to use your food to support, heal and bring balance to your life is a very important education, but one well worth learning as food is what you consume several times a day and what you can control on a daily basis.

However, due to our nutritionally depleted soils and produce, filling nutritional deficiencies through diet alone can be an extremely slow process. It is often recommended filling the deficiencies quickly with supplements to bring the body back into normal health to avoid disease and disorders, then maintaining this balance through the diet.

Understanding the delicate balance of how nutrients work together is to be considered when giving any nutritional supplements. Some nutrients are best taken with a combination of other nutrients to enhance absorption, while others may need to be taken away from certain nutrients so they don’t hinder their absorption.

Similar rules apply to what foods we consume together and what foods we should avoid depending on the outcome we are trying to achieve.

Due to the genetic diversity within the human population, consideration should be given to the variations in each individual’s ability to absorb, excrete and metabolise nutrients, resulting in significant differences in nutritional requirements. So Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) are often only a guide line.

When it comes to food and nutrition there is no one rule that fits everyone; considering the individual and their needs is what will determine their requirements.

Herbal Medicine

Plants have been used in healing since our earliest beginnings and almost every culture has tried to harness their healing energies. Today there is still a large percentage of prescription medication that contains the isolated ingredients from plants.

Liquid herbs have many advantages. A herbal remedy can be easily created using a variety of different herbs that will address an individual’s health needs. Being in a liquid form, these remedies are easily absorbed and doses can be altered depending on an individual’s requirements.

As technology has advanced we can now scientifically have a greater understanding of the manner in which these herbs promote health and restore balance proving what the ancient herbalists have known for years.


Kinesiology is the holistic study of using manual muscle testing with the principles of traditional Chinese Medicine. It uses the principle that meridians (channels of energy that run through the body containing life energy called Chi) are relating to each main organ in the body, as well as to a specific muscle group.

All energy must be flowing correctly around the body for it to be healthy; any energy imbalances will cause disease. Muscle testing can reveal if the causes are due to mental, chemical, physical or energy disharmony.

The aim of Kinesiology is to determine where these blockages are and the cause of the blockages, and then support the body in restoring balance and harmony so it can continue to function at its best.

Flower Essence

Flower Essence is a specifically prepared essence from a particular flower. All life form has a vibration – humans, animals, plants, stones and food all vibrate at different frequencies. The theory is that each flower has its own vibration that holds healing and balancing properties.

When we are stressed or have a trauma, it can alter our natural frequency and we can feel unbalanced. When carefully chosen for an individual, a specific flower essence can bring balance and restore their vibration back to its normal frequency.


The International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA) states that Iridology is “the study of the iris, or coloured part of the eye. This structure has detailed fibres and pigmentation that reflects information about our physical and psychological makeup. It identifies inherited dispositions (how our body reacts to our environment and what symptoms are most likely to occur), risks (what areas or organ systems are more likely to have symptoms) and future challenges (where we are likely to have more problems as we age). Iridology helps identify inherited emotional patterns which can create or maintain physical symptoms, as well as identify lessons or challenges and gifts or talents available to us”.

Coolum Naturopathy uses Iridology as a diagnostic tool to access a client’s constitutional makeup, however it is never a stand-alone tool. Iridology provides information that can then be added to other diagnostic information, such as body signs, blood tests, urine samples, kinesiology and a full case history to understand a client’s complete picture of health.

Iridology is a very insightful tool to determine nutritional deficiencies, structural weaknesses, and identifying where the weaker links are in the different systems within the body.


Homeopathy is a system of medicines that involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances. It is based on the principle that you can treat ‘like with like’, that is a substance that causes symptoms when taken in large doses can be used in small amounts to treat those same symptoms.

For example, drinking too much coffee can cause sleeplessness and agitation, yet when coffee is given in its homoeopathic form (reduced form), it can reduce these symptoms.

The science of Homoeopathy has been used for over 200 years and is used extensively throughout Europe and India by medical doctors and homeopaths.