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Hormone Support

Hormone imbalances can occur for both women and men and at any age. Essence of Health offers natural treatments which may assist in treating the symptoms of many hormone imbalances. Focus is based on improving the overall health and well-being of patients using individualised treatments, natural supplementation, dietary and lifestyle changes, including stress management which may help with hormone balancing.

The principle treatment at the clinic is Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, however, the incorporation of Naturopathy and Nutritional medicine is also used on an ongoing basis through your acupuncture treatments.

Imbalances may occur from the time of puberty with conditions such as PCOS and endometriosis or begin at a later stage of your life with known causes such as; coming off the pill, following an IVF drug cycle, after the birth of a child or suffering a miscarriage.


Could stress be impacting your hormones?

Most people believe that stress is affecting their hormones but are not sure how.

Long term activation of the Stress-hormone system can occur in some men and women and so too can the over production of cortisol and other stress hormones. The prolonged stress state may affect may cause other health issues including;

  • Mood swings
  • Feeling down and melancholy
  • Anxiety
  • Digestive problems
  • Heart problems, palpitations, tight chest
  • Sleep problems
  • Weight gain
  • Memory and concentration issues
  • Acne
  • Irregular menstrual cycles

It is extremely important to address all forms of stress and treat the nervous system when balancing hormones, because any overstimulated or prolonged stressors on the body, could throw out the balance and cause unwanted side-effects physically and emotionally.

A natural approach is appealing to many and treatment methods such as Chinese herbs and Naturopathic medicine may help support stress adaptation and the nervous systems.



Many people live most of their lives dieting and trying all sorts of programs, sachets and gimmicks to lose weight. Sometimes losing weight isn’t as hard as keeping it off. Cravings, stress, emotional factors, hectic work schedule, poor diet choices, fatigue and hormone imbalance can all play a part in the battle to feel comfortable in your own skin.

For most people it’s not about being an unrealistic weight for your height, shape or genetics but losing weight to get back that healthy feeling, one that brings back your endurance for doing the things you love and motivation to cook healthy meals and exercise. By using a natural approach to weight loss, you can not only lose weight without the side effects but learn about food, nutrition and keeping your sugar levels balanced to avoid cravings and keep the weight off.

Initially a patient will be assessed to see why they are not able to lose weight and the metabolic factors that could be standing in the way. Sandra will explore whether there could be any additional hormone or detoxification issues that could be hindering your efforts in losing weight and keeping it off.

Additional support may be needed and can include
  • Fat metabolism
  • Protein metabolism
  • Sugar metabolism (Glucose/Insulin)
  • Carbohydrate metabolism
  • Starch metabolism
  • Hormone metabolism
  • Methylation support

Realistic Eating Plan

Sandra uses realistic eating plans that will still allow you to feel like you’re not missing out on taste or flavour. Each person has varied options for meal choices and keeping within your culture or style of foods you like to eat. Adjustments can always be made in the first week or two of the plan.



The difference between perimenopause and menopause is that perimenopause is the transition phase before permanent infertility (menopause), which can take up to ten years before a woman is no longer menstruating. Women can start perimenopause at any age and may notice symptoms somewhere in their 40s, but depending on a women’s egg reserve, this may happen as early as their mid-30’s.

A fluctuation or uneven rise and fall of hormones is responsible for the symptoms associated with perimenopause. The cycle may become irregular, by initially shortening or later extending, as a woman reaches the end stage of perimenopause and transitions to becoming menopausal.

Acupuncture, Chinese herbs and Naturopathy may offer a complementary approach aimed at alleviating the symptoms of perimenopause naturally.

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Phone Consultations with Sandra Sapio

Distance Naturopath consultations are an easy and convenient option for many patients who are wanting advice via phone or online. This option is available to both new patients or existing patients needing a review consultation but cannot access the clinic.

New Patients

Upon making an appointment, you will receive an email with a detailed new patient information form that will ask questions about all the relevant information we will need relating to your health. This allows us as much information as possible about your lifestyle, diet, medications, current and past-history health, procedures or significant health events as well as presenting symptoms.

For IVF patients an additional form is sent out for you to complete which give us details on previous IVF cycles, the medications used and the outcomes with each cycle whether stimulated (fresh) or frozen cycles.

New Patient Naturopath Video Appointments: Click here to book a time
[Cost is $150.00 – please note, we have reduced the price while our office is closed during COVID-19]

New Patient-Women’s Health Naturopath Video Appointments: Click here to book a time
[Cost is $120.00 – please note, we have reduced the price while our office is closed during COVID-19]


If you require a joint fertility support consultation for both you and your partner, we also offer a reduced fee for couples. This is a popular option for couples who cannot attend the clinic in person due to working outside normal business hours.

Couples Naturopath Video Appointments for Fertility Support: Click here to book a time
[Cost is $150.00- please note, we have reduced the price while our office is closed during COVID-19]

The treatment comprises of up to an hour split into two sections:

The first part is dedicated to going through your health questionnaire as well as any other relevant information that Sandra may require. It is important at this time for Sandra to get a good understanding of your health goals and how you are feeling not just physically, but also how your health concerns may be impacting you mentally or emotionally.

The second part occurs once the consultation is finished and involves Sandra making a final review of your consultation as well as reviewing relevant blood tests or results and formulating a treatment plan.

Our reception staff will organise all the treatment plan information and send it to you along with any diet or supplement recommendations she may have. Sandra may at times require you to have some additional test she feels would be beneficial, and our staff will email you the forms if necessary Normally we recommend a follow up appointment to monitor your progress and make any necessary changes at that time. Any supplements that are recommended by Sandra can be posted out to you or arranged to be collected at the clinic.

Review Naturopath Consultations [Audio-Video]

A Naturopath review appointment is available for patients as a subsequent review to their initial appointment or existing patients needing a phone consultation to discuss their treatment plan or any changes to their fertility journey.

Reviews cater to either patients needing a standard review of up to 30 min or a short review of up to 15 min.

What’s involved in a review?

Standard Review [30 minutes]

  • Progress checks on your health
  • Modifications to your treatment plan
  • Review of any test results
  • Discuss any new events or factors that could change treatment goals
  • Review physical, mental and emotional well-being and any changes to symptoms
  • Cost is $65.00 – please note, we have reduced the price while our office is closed during COVID-19]

Existing Patients Naturopath Standard Review: Click here to book an appointment

Short Review [15 minutes]

This option if for existing naturopath or Acupuncture patients who consult with Sandra on a regular basis and are needing a review based on any changes to their fertility journey, recent blood results, IVF cycle changes. Supplement or dietary changes and question can be included to this review.

Existing Patients Naturopath Short Review: Click here to book an appointment
[Cost is $40.00 – please note, we have reduced the price while our office is closed during COVID-19]

Book a phone consultation with Sandra