Lani Lopez Naturopath, BHSc, Adv. Dip Nat,
Formulator, Nutritionist, Health Coach, Herbalist, Bookings Phone (09)3788334. 9am-5pm Mon-Fri
“I’m a proud Auckland naturopath and researcher who’s passionate about natural health and attaining the vital life force that underpins a life well lived”.
The naturopathic ideal is “to try to understand and treat the cause”. Naturopaths do not simply treat the signs and symptoms of the disease but rather search for the cause and treat it.
In a world where people tout themselves as health experts you really want a qualified person in the field of natural health with good experience.
How can I see Auckland naturopath Lani Lopez?
What do you need? A natural health consult? Want to talk about your life? To make an appointment to see qualified Auckland naturopath, Lani Lopez, please call (09) 378 8334.
Lani also offers workshops, speaking engagements, a qualified opinion, columnist writing, TV presenting or guest health expert fulfilment.
Naturopath consultations with Lani Lopez
Naturopathic medicine, or Naturopathy, is a system of medicine that uses natural substances to treat the patient and recognition that the patient’s mental, emotional, and physical states must all be treated for a lasting effect.
35 Notley St, Westmere, Auckland. 2 minutes away from the Auckland Zoo.
Monday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Tuesday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Thursday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Friday 12.00pm – 3.00pm
First visit: $150 (90 mins, prescriptions free)
Subsequent visits: $85 (45 mins, prescriptions free)
Massage body work: $90 (hourly)
Talk/ listen sessions within the clinic, walking or skyping: $80 (hourly)
Supplement or herbal prescriptions: ($20)
An online questionnaire will be sent to you before your first visit when you make your appointment. Please fill this out as best you can so we can make the most of your appointment for you.
Concession Rates – concessions are available upon request and are subject to approval. (Students, children or holders of concession cards.)
Payment Method for Consultations
- EFTPOS is available
- Bank Transfer
- Pre-payments for skype consultations are required
Cancellation Policy – a $40 cancellation fee applies to appointments cancelled with less than 48 hours notice. An email or TXT reminder will be sent 1 day before your appointment.
Are naturopaths covered by insurance or ACC?
Consultation fees are claimable through most private health funds. Medicines are claimable from some health funds. Please check with your individual provider for more details about your eligibility.
Naturopaths do not prescribe pharmaceutical medication.
The above, pretty dry, explanation is how the online dictionary Merriam and Webster describe naturopathy, but real naturopathy is so much more. You may be a natural health warrior or exploring what natural health is for your or your family. Natural health through the years has regained popularity.
Over the last 30 years I’ve seen people with weekend certificates in nutrition and degrees in religion or geology say that they’re health experts.
Asking to see a qualified health expert is crucial and, in essence, real health experts work together to get the best for their patient. It’s our Hippocratic oath. There are a lot of questions asked about naturopaths, so I’ve compiled the frequently asked questions that may help you decide what you need.
Though the term naturopathy originated in 1895, this type of medicine had been practiced for hundreds, if not thousands of years prior.
The art of naturopathy can be traced back through Germany into Greece, to Hippocrates himself, and even beyond. Many countries have their own herbal medicines and natural healing philosophies, including medical herbalists from China, Ayurvedic practitioners in India and Rongoa Maori herbal medicine in NZ.
In the mid and late 1800s in the United States, the standard medical schools taught herbal, homeopathic, and nutritional medicine along with surgery.
Frequently asked questions about naturopathy
What is natural medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine, or Naturopathy, is a system of medicine that uses natural substances to treat the patient and recognition that the patient’s mental, emotional, and physical states must all be treated for a lasting effect.
The Naturopathic ideal is “to try to understand and treat the cause”. Naturopaths do not simply treat the signs and symptoms of the disease but rather search for the cause and treat it.
For instance, when someone has their first visit into our Auckland naturopath clinic the appointment involves understanding all the signs and symptoms presented in each body system such as the immune system, the digestive system and so on. Then it is a matter of looking at the body as a whole system and integrating the actual treatment to suit.
A key example is irritable bowel syndrome, a digestive system condition that can cause pain and discomfort. Research shows that emotional stress plays a role in triggering the symptoms. Our aim is to help soothe the digestive system and the nervous system whilst looking for emotional triggers i.e. work anticipated stress.
To accomplish these goals, naturopathic medicine incorporates many therapeutic modalities: Some of the examples are herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, hydrotherapy, exercise therapy, physical therapy, and manipulation of the bony and soft tissues, lifestyle and counselling.
What is a naturopath?
I always have people come up to me and ask what exactly is a naturopath and what do they do? I often say that as an Auckland naturopath seeing an huge array of people, I am a bit like a doctor but I use natural methods to help heal, including herbal therapies, nutritional supplements and advice and therapeutic body work including osteopathic techniques.
It normally takes an hour to an hour and a half for a consultation with a naturopath because we like to take a full history of health, rate metal well-being, a physical examination and if needed we may recommend diagnostic testing. We can ask a patient to a doctor to confirm a diagnosis, but the emphasis is on helping the body establish its own state of good health.
We try to empower people how to create an internal and an external environment that is conducive to good health, enabling the clients to make their own choices. Traditional naturopathy is not a medical practice. Major and minor surgery, prescribing drugs and pharmaceuticals, giving injections and drawing blood are limited to medical doctors only and not performed within the scope of naturopathy however we can support conventional treatment offered by medial establishments.
We can deal with most conditions especially long-term chronic conditions ranging from acne, stress, asthma, blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and so on. I think we spend less time generalising your health and boxing you in and more time specialising your treatment just for you.
What we can’t deal with is surgery so we leave that up to the hospitals and we will recommend that people see a doctor or go to A&E if need be, again reiterating that we like to integrate with conventional medicine.
Why should we use natural medicine?
If practised or utilised correctly, natural medicine holds the key to health self empowerment and also creates another option for treatment if one is ill or not responding to allopathic conventional methods of treatment. For instance, some individuals may have vague complaints and aren’t ill enough to see a medical doctor or take drugs. Most natural medicine treatments follow the rules of common sense.
The general naturopathic mantra is to eat balanced meals but remove all synthetic, chemical, pesticide, additive or processed foods or poor lifestyle habits, drink 1-3 litres of fresh water daily and create a balance in life that includes your mental well-being, physical fitness or health and our spirit or inner being. As my father (a natural therapist) says, everything in moderation, even excess.
This mantra may not suit everyone, some people still choose to smoke, or a kidney patient may be advised not to drink 3 litres of fluid a day. These individual needs and wants are taken into consideration. Natural medicine also offers preventative medicine with fewer side effects than many prescribed medications, although many natural therapies can be used in conjunction with orthodox medicine so individuals can get the best out of both worlds.
To avoid drug interactions and to coordinate care, it is important for a patient to inform his or her allopathic doctor about supplements prescribed by a naturopath and vice versa. Why wait until you are sick, if you can prevent or allay age related diseases and create better health for yourself in the present and future?
How does naturopathic medicine complement orthodox medicine?
Naturopathy works very well with conventional methods. We now have the research and resources to marry the two together so to speak. A naturopath may consult with an individual’s medical doctor if they are taking prescribed medication and they can work together for the benefit of the patient, so the patient can get the best of both worlds.
Because of the research that has increased tenfold over the last 30 years, herbal medicine and nutrient medicine e.g. such as vitamins and minerals are no longer deemed by scientists to be invalid because of lack of research.
This makes it easier for us to work with conventional methods as we know that we should be careful mixing some medications with certain herbs and nutrients in some forms. We may often send our patients to a doctor for conformation of a diagnosis or use diagnostic labs for blood tests and so on. So instead of being segregated like we have been in the past, we are now becoming integrated. And it’s a win-win for everyone, the patient or client gets the best of both worlds.
Naturopaths have many different therapies that they can use as part of a naturopathic treatment. These include changing poor lifestyle habits such as swapping a sedentary lifestyle or a highly stressed, poorly organised lifestyle and making healthy recommendations to suit each persons need.
Modalities or different types of treatment used by a naturopath may include:
Diagnostic techniques — may help to confirm a medical health professional diagnosis or help find the underlying cause of disease or illness. These include, case patient taking (questioning), counselling, iridology, applied kinesiology (muscle testing), Quantum analysis (computerised kinesiology), body language, food rotation diets, massage, osteopathic techniques, physical examination, postural analysis and diagnostic lab reports, for example hormone level, blood or liver enzymes testing.
Nutrition — includes a diet assessment, discovering environmental or food allergies or sensitivities, identifying an overload of pesticides, heavy metals; herbs or supplements taken in incorrect doses, potential medical prescription side effects and poor nutrition. Dietary advice is recommended to improve health along with encouraging nutritional education. Nutritional recommendations may include recommending supplements to counter deficiencies, and removing potential harmful foods and supplementing with healthier options.
Health supplements — The term nutritional supplementation includes the use of vitamins, minerals, and other food factors to support good health, treat nutritional deficiencies and health concerns. Around 50-70% of our population takes one or more supplements, mostly in the form of multivitamins.
Herbal medicine — Many plants contain potent substances that have a medicinal effect on the body. Also termed as phytotherapy or botanical medicine the practice of using herbs has been used for hundreds of years by many cultures. Many pharmaceutical drugs where and are still isolated from herbs and modern herbal pharmacology has uncovered many chemical or nutritional constituents of plants that enable us to understand the mechanism of how they work on the body.
Homeopathy — works on the principle of “like cures like.” It works on a subtle yet powerful electromagnetic level, gently acting to strengthen the body’s healing and immune response. The homeopathic remedies are extremely diluted and ‘potentised’ minerals, herbs, or substances (organic and inorganic) that when chosen correctly have a normalizing effect on the body’s homeostasis cancelling out signs and symptoms of the presenting illness or condition.
Bach flower remedies
Bach flower remedies — are plant essences that help to balance emotional states. The Bach Flower Remedies were originally designed for self-help, but they are now an integral part of homeopathic, naturopathic and herbal medicine treatments. Dr Bach (pronounced batch) identified 38 remedies, each relating to a specific state of mind. For example, the plant-derived essence from Olive is prescribed for mental and physical and exhaustion, Willow for resentment and bitterness and White Chestnut for unwanted persistent thoughts. The most popular Bach remedy is formula that is made from a combination of five remedies known as Rescue Remedy. It is recommended in emergencies, when it can help calm after a sudden shock or panic attack. Interestingly it is not limited to humans or animals of all ages. Plants respond to Bach Flowers too.
Therapeutic body work
Therapeutic body work — can increase circulation, decrease pain, rebalance the body, increase healing, release mental trauma and correct some structural disorders of the body. Some popular examples of body work include Swedish, Ayurvedic, Polynesian, or Asian massage, sports massage, lymph massage, Acupuncture, basic osteopathy and chiropractic techniques, dry skin brushing, applied kinesiology, Bowen, cranio-sacral therapy, physiotherapy, exercise recommendations (yoga), energy work, Reiki, shiatsu, reflexology, pulsing, cold sitz baths, cold flannel wraps and hot or cold therapy.
Reflexology — is a type of acupressure massage. Pressure is applied to special points on the feet or hands with specific thumb, finger and hand techniques to determine tender areas, as if looking for ‘crystals’ underneath the skin. The theory is that if certain areas are painful the corresponding organs may be under functioning or out of balance. Just as with other natural therapies, reflexology focuses on the body’s own healing processes, using its own recuperative resources to heal and restore. Other beneficial effects include stress release, improving blood circulation and promoting unblocking of nerve impulses to heal specific organs and areas of the body.
Aromatherapy — is the art of healing with pure essential oils from the highly concentrated extracts of plants, herbs, and flowers. Aromatherapy is a way of treating mental and physical imbalances through inhalation and the external application of essential oils in massage, baths, etc. Essential oils act on the olfactory nerves that lead from the nose to the brain, which has a therapeutic effect on the body.
Counselling — Having someone listen attentively is often a cathartic experience for the speaker and this can result in the individual feeling a lot better. Many physical or emotional issues can lead to poor health and therefore can often be resolved even without the use of nutritional supplements, herbs or bodywork. Individuals may find support or clarification for example, if they wish to resolve a particular problem, gain support during a crisis or a need to engage in a process of personal development. Other naturopath techniques in this area may include prayer, meditation, affirmation, stress or pain management and guided imagery.
Lifestyle — Common-sense can determine many lifestyle recommendations that a naturopath might make. Poor lifestyle habits may include smoking or using recreational drugs, burning the candle at both ends, ignoring signs and symptoms of ill health, stress, over exposing oneself to environmental toxins or mental thought processes. Many people find it’s hard to maintain a balance in life, especially when rushing around like mad trying hard to fit into main society and culture. Making positive healthy lifestyle changes increases the rate of healing.
The main aim of health of naturopathy is to encourage people and empower them with knowledge and guide you to a path where you can heal yourself either through use of health practitioners, mental thoughts or spiritual guidance.
Most popular conditions that naturopaths are asked to help with
Naturopaths can help with most conditions or work with your health professional to support your treatment.
PCOS Poly Ovarian Cystic Syndrome
PMS and Menopause
Weight loss and fat loss
The main aim of health of naturopathy is to encourage and empower with knowledge and guide you to a path where you can heal yourself, either through the use of health practitioners, mental thoughts or spiritual guidance.
In order to be of service to you we take a pledge to ensure we do the best we can.
Naturopathic Pledge Hippocratic Oath
AS A MEMBER OF THE NATUROPATHIC PROFESSION:
I SOLEMNLY PLEDGE to dedicate my life to the service of humanity;
THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF MY PATIENT will be my first consideration;
I WILL RESPECT the autonomy and dignity of my patient;
I WILL MAINTAIN the utmost respect for human life;
I WILL NOT PERMIT considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, social standing, or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient;
I WILL RESPECT the secrets that are confided in me, even after the patient has died;
I WILL PRACTISE my profession with conscience and dignity and in accordance with good medical practice;
I WILL FOSTER the honour and noble traditions of the medical profession;
I WILL GIVE to my teachers, colleagues, and students the respect and gratitude that is their due;
I WILL SHARE my medical knowledge for the benefit of the patient and the advancement of healthcare;
I WILL ATTEND TO my own health, well-being, and abilities in order to provide care of the highest standard;
I WILL NOT USE my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat;
I MAKE THESE PROMISES solemnly, freely, and upon my honour.
- [Accessed online 29 Oct 2018, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/naturopathy]
- [Accessed online 29 Oct 2018https://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/new-hippocratic-oath-for-doctors-approved/12496]
2005. Lopez, L. Natural Health. A New Zealand A – Z guide. Batemen.