Hormones are the how the body communicates messages, shall I go to sleep now? or will I lie awake stressing about anything my mind to chooses to hook into? Are your periods regular, irregular or painful? Do you have hot flushes, PMT, endometriosis, fibroids, panic attacks, flat moods, anxiety, depression? Are you moody, tearful, unreasonably angry and snappy? The list goes on but inevitably hormones are involved. This messaging system needs to work well so we perform well. We have liver hormones, reproductive hormones adrenal hormones, thyroid hormones, brain chemistry hormones, sleep hormones… they all work together and make us who we are. A big statement I realise but it’s true. Our body is always trying to balance and correct, unfortunately, we often use the sledgehammer approach and slam those hormones back into place ‘hopefully’ i.e. oral contraceptive pill, antidepressants, sleeping pills etc. At Orange Health we are not anti-medication but we are ‘pro’ sort out the problem so you don’t have to rely on medication. Medication can be great short term but don’t forget the problem will still be there when you stop the medication so why not deal with it now.
Conventional medicine focuses on treating illness to prolong life. But Integrative, Complimentary or Natural Health Care practitioners aim to shift that focus to prevent disease in the first place. Let’s not only add years to our life but life to our years. Balancing your hormones makes for a happy and balanced life.
Yes, we can do blood tests, saliva tests, hair analysis and various other sampling, diagnostics, and testing but often the clues are black and white and easy to treat if you know what the cause is. Together we can develop a plan for you so you can take back the control of your internally signaling system and understand more about what is really happening in your body and how you have complete control over these often debilitating symptoms.
SCL and Aotea Pathology Blood Testing Service
Naturopaths order the same standard blood tests that you get at your medical doctor. These tests are often a great first step in assessing your general level of health and where any problems might be. They’re usually less expensive than some of the more focused tests and can guide the direction we take your treatment in. Some tests are used to diagnose disease or illness, and others are used to monitor how well your body is responding to treatment. Some of the more common tests we order include:
- TSH to test for thyroid hormone levels – too high or too low
- Full Iron Studies – tells us how well you iron is processed and stored
- CRP, ESR – Inflammatory markers
- CBC – complete blood count. Lets us know how many red and white blood cells you have and can point to things like anemia or infection.
- FBG & HgA1c – fasting blood glucose A1c. These are markers of diabetes
- LFT – helps us understand what your liver is doing
Which tests we order, if any, will depend on your specific symptoms and our best clinical judgement. We only order tests that we deem necessary to help you reach your health goals as quickly and safely as possible.
We use these lab tests to help get a picture of what’s going on inside your body at a molecular level we also offer tests that most other health care providers don’t- which is great for you! These are helpful in figuring out what’s at the root cause of your illness and coming up with a diagnosis and treatment plan!