Leading naturopaths Perth

ANTA is Australia’s largest democratic association of natural therapy practitioners. Our strict membership criteria ensure that we represent some of the very best naturopaths in Perth and across the country, who are qualified accredited to Australian standards, and capable of delivering quality naturopathic treatments.

Find the best naturopath in Perth

Our practitioner directory is packed with qualified naturopaths who practice in Perth. All you need to do is search using your postcode, and we’ll present you with a list of high quality professionals in your local area, including their business and contact information so that you can easily get in touch.

Why use a naturopathic doctor in Perth who belongs to ANTA?

✔️We have been representing Perth naturopaths for 65 years, and work with some of the best
✔️Our naturopaths are qualified to Australian standards, to ensure that they can deliver excellent treatment
✔️All of our naturopaths are recognised by Federal and State Governments
✔️We have strict qualification and ethical standards for our naturopaths
✔️We work with health funds, researchers, educators, and WorkCover, to give the best resources to our naturopaths
✔️Our naturopaths can help with a wide variety of health issues, like skin concerns, weight issues, cardiovascular problems, and much more

Naturopath Perth — expert guide

What is naturopathy?

Naturopathy is a natural therapy that is based on the body’s ability to heal itself. It includes remedies and treatments such as massage, herbal medicine, and nutritional advice, which can stimulate the body’s natural healing processes and help you to achieve excellent health and well-being. The techniques are usually natural and non-invasive and are used in a holistic way, treating your entire being rather than just individual symptoms. It differs drastically from traditional medicine in this regard.

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.
  • 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.
  • Herbal medicine—using plants that are known for helping to treat disease, and enhance health.

Naturopaths use specific techniques within these modalities, which can include:

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

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What can naturopathy treat?

Naturopathy is used to treat a wide range of health issues and concerns. These are some of the most common:

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

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

The difference between a naturopath, a herbalist, and a nutritionist is one of scope. Herbalists specialise in herbal medicines, which they mix and administer based on the issue being targeted. Nutritionists make dietary recommendations and teach you how to eat more healthily. Naturopaths can do both of these things and more. They are skilled in herbal medicine, nutrition, massage, and more, which means they have a much broader scope than other natural therapists, and may be able to help you with a wider variety of issues.

How to choose a naturopath

ANTA is committed to the delivery of quality health care, public safety, and helping people to make informed health choices. These principles are reflected in our Scope and Standards of Practice, which helps us to attract the very best naturopaths in Melbourne and Australia. For this reason, the easiest way to find a skilled, capable naturopath is using our practitioner directory at the top of the page.

If you would like to find a naturopath yourself, these are the main things to look out for:

  • Qualifications: In Australia, the two primary naturopathic qualifications are an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy and a Bachelor or Health Science (Naturopathy). These usually take three to four years of full-time study to complete, with 600 hours of clinical practice and subjects including biology, psychology, pathology, pharmacology, biochemistry, nutrition, 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: Some naturopaths may have more experience and skill for specific conditions, so it’s worth asking whether they can help with your particular situation.
  • 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 that naturopaths take will depend on their healing philosophy and the modalities they have studied. Usually, a naturopath will start with an exhaustive consultation that may cover your symptoms, medical history, stress levels, diet, lifestyle, and bowel habits. They will discuss your emotional well being, your quality of sleep, and your energy levels from day to day. They may also complete a physical assessment, and chat to you about when your health concerns started.

Once they are clear on your current health status, they will create a tailored treatment plan to stimulate your body’s natural defences. This may include advice to tackle underlying causes of stress, dietary changes, nutritional supplements, and more. They may also recommend detoxification, which includes cutting out toxins like tobacco, alcohol, and possibly caffeine.

Education is a big part of what a naturopath does, so they will likely advise you on the underlying factors for your health, as well as treatment options, and your overall treatment journey. They might also suggest follow-up appointments, depending on the treatment you’re receiving.

Naturopath Perth FAQs


#1 Will naturopathic remedies affect my current medications?

During your first appointment with a naturopath, they are likely to ask about your current medications (if they don’t, be sure to tell them). This will allow them to identify any possible conflicts with the treatments they recommend to you. But these conflicts are likely to be minimal.

#2 Do you represent naturopaths specialising in fertility in Perth?

We have Perth-based naturopaths who can help with your fertility issues. Just be sure to contact them to check whether they have experience in this area.

#3 How long does naturopathy take to work?

The speed of naturopathy treatment depends on the issue being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. Long-term chronic illnesses will tend to take a lot longer than less “serious” problems. But in general, you should start to see results in about two days.

#4 What does a naturopath do for weight loss?

Nutrition is a big part of naturopathy. They will be able to create a realistic nutritional plan for you that can help you to lose weight. This may include food recommendations, when to eat, and how to achieve a truly healthy nutritional balance to get the nutrients you need while achieving your weight loss goals. They are not likely to recommend fad diets or anything like that—just good advice on what you should and shouldn’t eat to be healthy.