Your Body Knows Best – How to make the best of your health – naturally

Your Body knows best

Who else knows your body and your experiences so well?  You are the expert of your experience, but even experts need support sometimes.

Victoria West has been the Principal Naturopath at the Bunbury Natural Health Centre for over 24 years.  Her practice was preceded by training as a Nurse and Midwife and she has a wealth of experience in dealing with all health conditions and all ages.

Victoria’s practice is a general practice but there are key areas that remain important and are areas of passion.  These are gut and microbiome health, hormone health, stress, anxiety and mood disturbances and sleep.

Victoria’s philosophy is based around the 6 tenets of Natural Medicine and these are:

  1. The Healing Power of Nature: Naturopathy recognizes the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. The role of the Naturopathic Physician is to facilitate and enhance this natural healing process by identifying and removing obstacles to recovery and by supporting the body’s vital force.
  2. Identify and Treat the Causes: Naturopaths seek to identify and address the underlying causes of illness rather than merely treating or suppressing symptoms. By addressing the root causes, the goal is to eliminate the source of the problem and prevent the recurrence of symptoms.
  3. First, Do No Harm: Naturopaths use methods and substances that are gentle and non-invasive, minimizing the risk of harmful side effects. They prioritize treatments that support the body’s natural processes and avoid therapies that might cause harm.
  4. Treat the Whole Person: Treat the person not just the symptoms.  Naturopathic medicine takes a holistic approach, recognizing that health and disease are influenced by a complex interplay of physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors. Treatment plans are therefore individualized to address the whole person rather than focusing solely on symptoms or specific organs.
  5. Doctor as Teacher: Naturopaths are educators, helping empower patients to take an active role in their health. They provide information and guidance to help patients make informed decisions about their well-being and encourage them to adopt healthy lifestyle practices.
  6. Prevention: Naturopathy places a strong emphasis on preventive care. By identifying and addressing risk factors, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and supporting the body’s natural defenses, naturopathic medicine aims to prevent the development of chronic diseases.
  7. Wellness: The focus of Naturopathic Medicine extends beyond the absence of disease to the promotion of overall wellness. Naturopaths aim to optimize health, enhance vitality, and improve the quality of life for their patients.

If you have questions about your health or your family health, Phone now to have a confidential conversation on 9792 4248 or contact us viat the email on

We look forward to helping you regain your health.



This page is about the testing we provide and is updated as new tests become available.  To get you started with some information about the tests available, please see the list below.  If you are not sure what testing you need, please phone us to discuss your options

  1. DNA testing      Image result for Free dna pictures for facebook
  2. Why do a gene test?
    1. For long term chronic and unresolving cases
    2. Family history of health issues
    3. Gene screening for possible Autism issues
    4. To learn how to improve health by reducing inflammation and supporting anti-ageing
    5. To learn how genes can affect your weight and what exercise and foods might be best for your body and genetics
    6. Look at risk of health issues such as heart, blood pressure, hormone disorders etc


2. GUT testing           

We have many tests available to look at upper digestive and lower bowel issues

Upper digestive system:  Tests for Helicobactor pylori, SIBO (small intestinal bowel overgrowth) and SIFO (small intestinal fungal overgrowth) in the upper gut (which often present with nausea, reflux, heart burn, wind and bloating)

Lower digestive system:

    1. Stool testing for :
      1. IBS / Constipation / Diarrhoea / Reflux / Wind and bloating
    2. PCR stool test for Parasites

3. Blood testing         Image result for blood testing pictures for facebook

    1. For General Health check
    2. For health conditions which are not resolving.  This usually involves a general screen, plus specific markers if needed for your individual case
    3. For Pregnancy and conception support
    4. For Post natal support
    5. Blood testing supports conditions such as
      1. Cholesterol
      2. Fatigue
      3. Gut Issues
      4. Allergies
      5. Hormones – Endometriosis, PCOS, Menopause, Fertility
      6. Low iron
      7. Inflammation
      8. Virus Check

4. Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

    1. Looks at which minerals you may lack or have in excess
    2. Also tests for heavy metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic etc

5. Saliva testing

    1. Often done as part of a hormone test to check for imbalance in a male or female cycle

6. Urine testing

    1. Urinary Health
    2. Pyrrole disorder (Pyrrole disorder is associated with behavioural and mood disorders in children and adults)

7. Functional testing 

Functional testing can and does include blood testing and other relevant testing as mentioned above and depending on presenting symptoms


  1. Every day conditions such as fatigue, weight management, coughs colds and immune, allergy, reflux, bloating and digestive issues, hormone conditions, sleep issues, migraine and headaches,  etc
  2. More chronic conditions such as Diabetes, Weight, Parkinson’s disease, Hypertension (High blood pressure), Thyroid and Auto Immune disorders, Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Pain syndromes, More complex hormone conditions
  3. Exposure to chemicals.  Some jobs entail exposure to a range of chemicals.  Knowing how your body responds to these chemicals in paramount to keeping healthy now and into your ageing future – Organic Acid testing can help to determine how your body is responding.

Your Monthly Cycle

A woman’s menstrual cycle should not unduly interrupt her life. However, many women experience a multitude of problems ranging from emotional swings, bloating, headaches, breast tenderness, insomnia, fatigue, cravings and occasionally flushes.

And if that is not enough, these women can often experience heavy, cramping or difficult flows. In short, some women may only experience one good week a month before hormone symptoms start cycling and dominating the remainder of the cycle.

Peri- menopause and menopausal can display similar unsettling symptoms.

What is a woman to do! According to Naturopath Victoria West there are easy dietary and lifestyle changes that can have a huge beneficial impact on diminishing hormonal symptoms. Victoria says she uses these dietary and lifestyle changes to help form a base for treatment. Herbal or homoeopathic treatments lend additional support until there are good improvements.

If you would like improve your current menstrual cycle, no matter what the symptoms, phone Victoria on 9792 4248 for an appointment or to discuss your needs

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Restless Leg Syndrome

This condition afflicts many people from children to older age, men and women alike.

Little is known about the full reason behind this frustrating condition that causes the lower legs (usually) to feel restless, crampy, aching or have a crawling sensation.

Restless legs most often cause problems when people are trying to relax or get to sleep. Naturopath Victoria West says “symptoms are mostly prominent at this time of the day. When people are trying to sleep their legs just won’t let them relax.” Poor sleep can result with the person’s energy and even immune system being compromised long term.

Victoria says she has seen and successfully helped many people with Restless Leg Syndrome. “Some people say the restless legs can make them feel anxious, irritable and frustrated” Victoria says. “Generally this is an easy condition to treat with simple changes to diet and some nutritional support.” Victoria says

If you would like help with your Restless Leg Syndrome
Phone Victoria now on 9792 4248.

Skin Deep

Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, lumps bumps and itches.

These surface conditions often tell us that our system is struggling to keep up with our diet or lifestyle. Allergies to foods, plants and animals can leave us scratching and irritable and socially withdrawn.

These conditions are more than skin deep and need closer attention than just a topical cream.

Naturopath Victoria West says her detailed case histories can help to determine the underlying causes of these conditions. ‘People find skin and other health conditions distressing not just because of the discomfort but also because it affects their confidence.’ Teenager acne is a prime example Victoria says she encounters often.  Psoriasis is another skin condition that can lead to extreme itch, irritiability and distress, often causing poor sleep issues, which further compounds the clients health

Eczema, which can also create extreme itching, can also keep people awake at night, thereby reducing their energy, health and quality of life.

Victoria says her approach to working with skin based issues is formulated around dietary and lifestyle advice with herbal and or homoeopathic treatments to complement these basic lifestyle changes.  By using diet and lifestyle changes Victoria says the client can learn to take control of the things exacerbating their condition and that means we can wean away from herbs as the condition improves

Phone Victoria now, on 9792 4248 to help improve your or your family’s skin conditions.

Youtube link explaining the importance of gut health when looking at skin conditions

Digestion is the cornerstone of good health

Many people suffer daily with bad digestion. From heart burn to constipation, these seemingly minor health problems can create major health difficulties if left untreated, or if the underlying issue is ‘covered up’ with long term use of pharmaceuticals.

Digestive disorders are so common, that many people who consume antacids in large quantities don’t even consider themselves to be suffering from a chronic digestive disorder.

Flatulence, tiredness after eating, heartburn, full feeling in the stomach after small amounts of food, bloating, pain, diarrhea, constipation, are common signs of chronic digestive disorders.

Victoria West Naturopath says that ‘Digestion is our cornerstone for good health’. To be truly healthy it is important to be able to digest and use the energy of the foods effectively to maintain our life and healthy ageing.

Diet therefore is pivotal to good digestive health. Just as there is no “one” herb for people’s digestive complaints, there is no “one” diet for everyone.  Dietary advice underpins any good treatment programme.  Victoria’s food philosophy is one of eating a variety of foods (eating broadly) and eating seasonal foods (eating widely).  Eating the same foods every day tends to limit the types of bacteria we develop in our gut.  This can lead to reduced capacity for digestion and enzyme production.  A low diversity of gut bacteria (from eating the same thing every day for months and years) will limit the body’s healing and immune ability.  In some cases of strict dieting (not eating a balanced protein to appropriate carbohydrate diet) can even limit reproductive ability in some extreme cases Victoria has seen

Phone Victoria West now – 9792 4248 to find your digestion solution

Eleven point plan for a healthy gut:  

  1. Chewing your food well and mindfully.  Do not eat when stressed, watching the news or in front of a scary movie.  Chewing helps start the digestive process, particularly supportive in  helping break down starches and carbohydrates
  2. If you are unwell or suffer from significant digestive issues, try eating a mono diet.  This means you eat one type of food at a time.  Eg If eating protein, do not add any other foods and allow 2 hours to elapse before having anything else.  Do not eat fruit for 3 hours after protein.  If eating salad or vegetables then you can eat 30 mins to 1 hour after these.  Beware of brassica foods (cauli, broccoli, brussels) as these can cause wind and bloating.  Phone to discuss a treatment protocol if this occurs
  3. Bone broth – to heal, seal and support the gut lining for repair and maintenance.  The one proviso here is that bone broth is high in phosphorus, so if you are already ‘fiery’ person, please phone me first before doing a long stint on bone broth.  Once a week for fiery people should be ok.  For those who are feeling weak, tired, bone broth can be great.  Use cautiously in overactive thyroid cases and seek medical advice
  4. Fermented foods – sauerkraut, Kim chi, kefir’s, kombucha’s.  If you have significant gut issues, you may need to delay the introduction of fermented foods until you get some of the basic issues sorted.
  5. Blueberries – great for all things in the body but contribute to building a beneficial bacteria in the gut called Akermansia :)
  6. Digestive supports – peppermint, fennel and aniseed teas, Catmint, chamomile can all support digestion and help to reduce wind and bloating.  Best to buy the leaf or flower rather than tea bags (which have usually been bleached!)
  7. Ginger – particularly if you are a cold person.  Ginger helps to warm digestion and helps to move food more efficiently from the stomach into the small intestine
  8. Exercise is part of good gut routine.  Fast walking (swinging arms a little), slight jog with walk, swimming, yoga, Tai chi, Qi Gong, rebouding – all help to stimulate the gut and lymphatic system that surrounds the gut
  9. Moving the bowel  well and fully, every day with good food practices (eating broadly, widely), keeping up fluids to help your fibre move through the bowel effectively, exercise and also making sure you are having good essential fats in your diet (virgin olive oil on veg and salads, avocado (if no issues with general allergies), nuts seeds
  10. Keep emotions balanced with exercise, meditation and good sleep practices.  Anger, frustration, grief, shock, trauma and stress will all affect the bowel (usually in different ways) so keeping emotions balanced helps with a great digestion and therefore health
  11. Reduce avoid: Sugar (toxic to gut and body), coffee.  These all interrupt digestion and the microbiome diversity and health

As good as this 11 point plan is, getting expert advice to plan an approach that suits you is always advised.

For further information phone 9792 4248 or contact @

Youtube video link on digestion and how it works: