Medical Herbalist - Naturopath - Nutritionist
Clinic near Fremantle, Western Australia, & online
Susan's focus is on working with the whole person and their health conditions in a supportive and caring environment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. What is Medical Herbalism?
Medical Herbalism refers to the integration of the empirical wisdom of centuries of traditional herbalism with a modern scientific frame of reference.
Q2. What happens in a consultation with Susan?
In the initial consultation, Susan connects with you and listens to your health story. She gathers detailed information about you, your health history, and your current symptoms. She then tailors some recommendations for you, and may prescribe a herbal tonic, a supplement, some diet changes, or some lifestyle changes. A second appointment will be booked some weeks ahead, and in that appointment, progress and response to the treatments are assessed. Every body is different, and responds uniquely to treatments, and some time is generally needed for your body to respond fully to treatments given. At each subsequent follow up visit, there may be fine tuning of treatments and lifestyle suggestions made, suitable to you and your unique life circumstances..
Q3. Does the consultation cost include any herbs or other products?
The cost of herbs and other supplements are not included in the consultation prices, but these are kept as reasonable as possible. Susan has a herbal dispensary and makes individualised remedies for her clients. Sometimes Susan will recommend products you can obtain at supermarkets, pharmacies or health food stores.
Q4. What is a wholistic approach?
The medical model is a disease-focused model. It diagnoses a disease, and prescribes a pharmaceutical medicine or medical procedure which will alleviate symptoms of that disease. A wholistic approach works firstly with people, not diseases. It connects with people in the context of their whole life, and their whole being on every level, and looks for the underlying causes of symptoms. Natural Medicine is based on the premise that the body has the inherent ability to heal itself. Using the healing power of nature, and gentle natural medicines and therapeutic techniques including diet and lifestyle, the whole person is supported during the healing process.
Q5. What sort of conditions do people present to Susan with?
- Poor digestion: bloating, reflux, IBS, diverticulitis
- Hormones: women’s health including menopause, men’s health
- Adrenal & chronic fatigue, insomnia
- Anxiety, low mood
- Headaches and migraine
- Cardiovascular health, high blood pressure, high cholesterol
- Type two diabetes
- Chronic pain, fibromyaliga, neuralgia
- Bone and joint health: osteoarthritis, osteoporosis
- Thyroid issues
- Low libido
- Weight management
- Sluggish memory, brain fog
- Dry skin, psoriasis, eczema & dermatitis
- Asthma,allergies, hayfever
- Poor immune function, recurrent infections
- Chronic infectious diseases, mystery illnesses
- Lyme-like illnesses
- Autoimmune conditions (eg hashimotos, caeliac, rheumatoid arthritis)
- Children's and teenager's health issues
Q6. Does Susan see people for one off consultations?
Although she realises people need to meet her first, Susan prefers to take a long term approach with clients, rather than a short term one. She supports clients long beyond the initial health conditions they came with, to maintain their health, and help them to live better, in alignment with the natural cycles of life. After the first few consultations, appointments are recommended seasonally, and at these appointments, recommendations are made to deal with any current health conditions as well as to support constitutional weaknesses, and vulnerabilities, and help to prevent future issue. Herbal tonics, diet changes and general lifestyle recommendations are often recommended. Once you become Susan’s client, you have an ally for all your health needs, someone who understands you and your body and health issues deeply over the long term, and who cares about you.
Q7. Does Susan work with my doctor, and other health practitioners?
Yes, Susan is always willing to stay in touch with your doctor and specialists, and to recommend a good doctor if you do not have one. She also may recommend other health practitioners such as chiropractors, physiotherapists, bodyworkers, counsellors, trauma specialists and others, and is happy to stay in touch with them for a team approach to your health and wellbeing.
Q8. Does Susan do any testing?
Susan will use the information you give her, any pathology tests you have, body signs such as tongue and skin condition, and sometimes iridology and other techniques for seeing what is going on in your body. She prefers to refer to your doctor for most pathology testing if at all needed, however she does have access to it if you prefer to do it privately. She does sometimes recommend Hair Trace Mineral Analysis to test for mineral imbalances and toxic metals.
Q9. How much is a consultation with Susan?
Initial consultations are 60-75 minutes, and theb cost is $120
Follow up consultations are 30 minutes and cost $80.
Extended consultations can also be booked.
Q10. Are there any testimonials from Susan's clients?
Yes, on her Google business page, some of Susan's clients have left glowing testimonials
Q11. What is the cancellation policy?
Please give 24 hours notice for any cancellation or rescheduling, so that other clients may take advantage of the time. A $25 cancellation fee may be charge if less than this is given.
Q12. Where is the clinic and is there easy parking?
The clinic is at a convenient location not far from Fremantle, at 24 Oldridge St, Hamilton Hill. All the wonderful benefits of beautiful Fremantle without the parking issues! There is ample parking across the road.