Nutritional Therapy

Nutritional therapy is a system of healing based on the belief that food provides the medicine we need to obtain and maintain a state of health; our food is our medicine and our medicine is our food. Many disorders, ranging from chronic fatigue, energy loss, insomnia and depression, to backache, skin complaints, asthma, and headaches can be relieved effectively with nutritional therapy. A nutritional therapy practitioner will look for nutritional deficiencies, allergies and intolerances, as well as circumstances that can cause poor digestion or absorption in the stomach and intestine. Nutritional therapy is useful in treating chronic conditions that are not responding well to conventional medicine such as allergies, bowel and digestive disorders, depression, migraine and some skin disorders.

The therapist will take a medical history, and usually the patient will complete a questionnaire on diet and lifestyle. If the therapist needs detailed information on the patient's eating habits, the patient may need to keep a food diary. Diagnostic tests may be required to check for food allergies or nutritional deficiencies. The practitioner will recommend dietary changes and advise about any vitamin or mineral supplements that are needed. Treatment usually consists of an initial appointment lasting up to one hour, and a series of follow up consultations of shorter duration, so that the therapist can monitor progress and changes, and tweak the therapeutic diet as necessary.