Nutritional Therapy: How it works
A ‘Nutritional Therapy’ consultation works with patients to overcome problems such as allergies, hormone imbalance, skin disorders, weight issues and many other conditions. Nutritional Therapists are trained to work in clinical practice and are members of organisations such as The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and voluntarily regulated by The Nutritional Therapy Council. Natural Solutions is also a member or the CNHC (The Complementary and Natural healthcare Council).
Clients are required to complete a health questionnaire prior to the appointment date. A food diary may be required too. Once your therapist has this information, the consultation will involve discussion, treatments and recommendations.
Finally, depending upon the presenting condition or reason for your visit, non-invasive diagnostic tests are carried out using tongue analysis, nail and skin analysis, blood pressure monitoring, Body Mass Index, acid/alkaline testing or further laboratory testing (at extra cost if appropriate).
Supplements, herbal remedies and sundries are at extra cost and will be discussed at the time of consultation.
What to expect from your nutritional therapist
During your first appointment your nutrition practitioner will ask questions about medical history, diet and lifestyle to understand your problem. As well as questioning, they may employ various nutritional techniques such as food sensitivity tests, allergy tests or stool testing, although these are not always necessary and will always be discussed at the consultation. These will help to see if you have any nutrition deficiencies, food allergies or high toxic levels in the body. The results of these tests will give a better understanding of your health and the best way to overcome any problems you may have.
Once your nutrition practitioner has got to the root of your problem, they will suggest foods that will be beneficial to you and any foods that should be avoided. They may recommend a specific diet and the use of supplements aimed at helping your recovery. Menu plans may be appropriate and also recipe suggestions too. Your nutritional therapist may also suggest lifestyle changes such as relaxation or exercise.
You may also be asked to keep a diary of what foods you eat or changes you make to your lifestyle and their results. This can then be taken to your next appointment so the practitioner can make any adjustments should they be required.
Your first appointment may last from 45 – 60 minutes as the nutrition practitioner gains an understanding of your problem. Subsequent follow up appointments will usually last around 45 minutes.
Included in your consultation are:-
- Action Plan
- Dietary changes/recommendations
- Supplement protocol
- Lifestyle changes
The number of sessions you’ll require depends on your progress and any alterations needed to your treatment. Some people start to feel the benefits after one or two sessions and no longer feel the need for follow-up appointments but the changes you make to your diet and lifestyle are generally long-term and continued consultation with a practitioner can be beneficial.
How to book a consultation?
For more information or to book an appointment, you can fill out the contact form or call the clinic directly on: 01564 339955. If you want more information or advice on any of the programmes that Natural Solutions can offer, a 15 minute FREE phone assessment will be arranged at a time convenient to you. Following this assessment, an initial consultation can be booked.
When you have booked the consultation, Natural Solutions will send you a health questionnaire, which you need to complete and bring along with you to the appointment. There will be an additional Nutri-Q online health questionnaire which will be emailed to you. Appointments for both locations (Henley in Arden and Birmingham) can be made on the above number. Download our information pack for further details.
What happens after the consultation?
Following the consultation, your questionnaire, medical history and all other information will be analysed and considered. A Nutritional Programme will be drawn up and sent to you within 7 days of the initial consultation. If you have any questions or queries relating to anything on the programme, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
How many follow-up appointments will you need?
It is essential that a follow-up appointment is made at least three to four weeks after the initial consultation to ensure that the programme you are following is being maintained and fully understood. The number of follow-up appointments depends upon each individual, your health problems and your objectives.
Are there extra costs involved in addition to the consultation?
Yes, all laboratory tests, supplements and herbal medicines are not included in the consultation fee and will therefore incur additional charge. All additional charges will be discussed at the consultation.
Do you provide consultations in my own home or do I have to attend the clinic?
Yes, Natural Solutions is happy to come to your home and carry out a consultation, (within a 15 mile radius of Henley in Arden) however there will be a mileage charge of 40p per mile in addition to the consultation fee.
Why are laboratory tests used?
Laboratory testing gives a deeper insight and more accurate assessment of what the problems are. This enables Natural Solutions to provide a specific and accurate dietary and supplement protocol based on the results.
Laboratory tests are good for people who suffer from allergies, hormonal imbalance, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic digestive complaints and many more. Please feel free to ask for further information.
Are supplements and herbal medicine really beneficial for my health?
Supplements and herbal medicines are by no means a substitute for healthy eating. However, sometimes, even with a good healthy, organic diet, it can be difficult for the body to obtain all the nutrients from food. Supplements and herbs are prescribed using therapeutic doses in order to re-balance the body nutritionally and will be reviewed regularly at your follow-up appointments. Where possible Natural Solutions tries to use food and diet, but in cases of chronic health and malnutrition, supplements offer an easier alternative to achieving optimal health.
Do nutritional therapists make a diagnosis?
Natural Solutions doesn’t diagnose. If you are concerned about your health or have any symptoms you should always consult your GP/healthcare provider.
If Natural Solutions recognises any red flag signs or symptoms, we will refer you to your GP immediately.