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ANTA stands for quality. Due to our strict membership criteria, we have been representing the very best naturopaths in Brisbane for over 60 years. Every one of our members is qualified and accredited to Australian standards, and capable of delivering exceptional healthcare to people living in Brisbane.

Find the best naturopath in Brisbane

The best naturopaths in Brisbane can be found in our practitioner directory. Our strict membership criteria ensures that we represent first-rate naturopaths who are not only qualified but obliged to stay on top of the latest developments in their field. This helps us to keep quality extremely high and allows you to quickly find a skilled naturopath through our directory.

Why use a naturopath in Brisbane who belongs to ANTA?

✔️We have been representing skilled Brisbane naturopaths for over 60 years
✔️Our naturopaths are recognised by Federal and State Governments in Australia
✔️Every one of our naturopaths is qualified and accredited by Australian standards
✔️Our naturopaths can help with a number of health issues, including low energy, headaches, and weight concerns
✔️We abide by strict qualification and ethical standards, which helps us to keep quality high
✔️We work with researchers, educators, health funds, and WorkCover, to ensure that our naturopaths have the best resources

Brisbane Naturopath — expert guide


What is naturopathy?

Naturopathy emphasises a holistic approach to disease prevention, and the treatment and promotion of optimal health through natural, therapeutic means. These may include homeopathy, nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, massage therapy and lifestyle and dietary advice.

Inherent to naturopathy is the principle that the body has an intrinsic ability to heal itself. Using the healing power of nature and gentle therapeutic techniques, the mind, body and emotions are supported during this healing process.

What is the history of naturopathy?

The word “naturopathy” comes from the Latin word for birth—natura—and the Greek root word for suffering—pathos. They combine to create “natural healing”, which is the basis for naturopathy.

The Greek physician Hippocrates is believed to be the very first person to practice naturopathy, with the modern version being traced back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Back then, they included hydrotherapy which was practised in Germany, and “nature cure” which used elements of air, light, foods, herbs, and water to treat illnesses, and was developed in Austria.

The practice was first introduced in the USA in 1901 by Benedict Lust. It promoted an alternative to conventional medicine through the use of herbal medicine, homeopathy, and dietary recommendations, as a way to promote natural healing. Its emphasis on freedom of choice and individual responsibility helped it to become popular throughout the world, including a steady following in Australia. Today, naturopaths are licensed primary care providers who provide a variety of health-promoting treatments.

Which modalities are included in naturopathy?

The treatments recommended in naturopathy tend to be natural and non-invasive and are designed to work with the body’s natural healing mechanisms. To achieve this, it dips into a variety of modalities:

  • Homeopathy—using the principle of “cures like with like” to stimulate the body’s natural defences and aid with healing.
  • Herbal medicine—using plants that are known for helping to treat disease, and enhance health.
  • Nutritional advice—providing dietary recommendations to promote high-quality sources of energy, and boost overall health.
  • Massage—massage to treat injuries related to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, as well as reduce stress and anxiety through enhanced relaxation.

As well as these modalities, naturopaths may offer the following treatments:

  • Kinesiology
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Relaxation and meditation practices
  • Iridology
  • Reflexology
  • Hair analysis

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What can naturopathy treat?

A naturopath can assist with a holistic health plan by helping you understand how a variety of imbalances, deficiencies, diet, environment, lifestyle, relationships and stress levels could be impacting your health. These include:

  • Low energy or immunity
  • Gastrointestinal and digestive issues
  • Sleep, skin, and weight concerns
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Fertility and hormone imbalance issues
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Joint health and degenerative illness including arthritis
  • Female and male reproductive health

What is the difference between a naturopath, a herbalist and a nutritionist?

The biggest difference between these three professions is their scope of practice. A herbalist administers herbal medicines and a nutritionist provides nutritional advice, whereas a naturopath offers both of these and much more.

How to choose a naturopath

At ANTA, we want to bring you the very best healthcare in Brisbane, and allow you to make informed decisions surrounding your health. Our Scope and Standards of Practice helps us to achieve this, in addition to attracting the most skilled naturopaths in the country. So the quickest way for you to find a high-quality Brisbane naturopath is by browsing our practitioner directory.

If you would rather find a naturopath yourself, these are the areas that you should consider:

  • Qualifications: There are two main naturopathic qualifications in Australia — an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy and the Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy). These normally involve three to four years of full-time study and over 600 hours of clinical practice and subjects ranging from biology, psychology, pathology and pharmacology to nutrition, biochemistry, and herbal medicine.
  • Professional membership: Professional bodies like ANTA often only accept naturopaths who are qualified and accredited by Australian standards, which makes it easier to find someone with the necessary skills. They may also require that naturopaths to have First Aid certification, professional indemnity insurance, and for them to remain up-to-date with their professional development. ANTA requires all of these.
  • Expertise relevant to your condition: Your naturopath should have expertise that aligns with your specific health needs.
  • Cleanliness: It goes without saying that the clinical environment should be clean, tidy, and presented in a professional manner.

What can I expect from my first naturopathy appointment?

The methods and treatments that a naturopath recommends may depend on their specific healing philosophy, as the modalities they have studied. Generally, a naturopath will start by getting an overall idea of your general health, which may include talking about your diet, lifestyle, medical history, stress levels, bowel habits, and any issues you’re currently having. They might also determine your quality of sleep, energy levels, and your emotional well being, in addition to completing a physical examination.

Once they are clear on your general health and any problems you’re having, they will custom design a treatment plan for you, to stimulate your body’s natural healing mechanisms. This might include advice such as dietary recommendations and nutritional supplements, treatments like massage, and a detoxification strategy such as removing tobacco, alcohol, tea, and coffee from your diet.

A big part of naturopathy is giving people the tools they need to live a healthier lifestyle, so the practitioner may teach you about the underlying mechanisms, and how they work. They can also give you a clear plan of the treatment being offered, what your journey looks like, and how much everything costs.

Naturopath Brisbane FAQs

#1 Will naturopathic remedies affect my current medications?

Full disclosure of your current medications is necessary to avoid any possible conflicts with naturopathic remedies. Your naturopath should have a good understanding of these conflicts, and will tailor their treatment plan based on this knowledge.

#2 Do you represent fertility naturopaths in Brisbane?

ANTA represents naturopaths with a broad range of skills, including helping you to have a baby. When you find a naturopath through our directory, be sure to enquire about their experience with fertility.

#3 How long does naturopathy take to work?

The speed of naturopathic treatment depends on a few factors: your age, your level of health, your vitality, and the length and severity of any health issues you have. For this reason, it’s hard to give an accurate time frame for feeling better. Some people will start to see health improvements within two or three days, but it may take weeks for others.

It’s important to remember that natural remedies aren’t a quick fix solution. They stimulate your body’s natural defences, which can take time to work. They can be a lifestyle choice that can improve your overall holistic health, rather than being a quick fix solution.

#4 What does a naturopath do for weight loss?

Naturopaths will devise a custom plan for you to help you lose weight at a steady and consistent pace. This will include nutritional recommendations, and a lot of education on what it means to eat healthily. Ultimately, the naturopath wants to improve your relationship with the food you eat, which can lead to weight loss, improved energy, and a strong sense of well being.