Alternative & Herbal Medicine
Michael Blanch is not only an experienced Naturopathic Practitioner but is also well versed in the area of alternative medicine more commonly known as herbal medicine.
Michael Blanch studied at the NSW College of Natural Therapies and Nature Care College, Sydney, graduating with Diplomas in Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Therapeutic Massage and Homeopathy. He commenced practice in Sydney in 1984 and lectured in natural therapies from 1986 at Nature Care College. On moving to Perth WA in 1990, he established Cottesloe Naturopathic Clinic and has lectured in homeopathy and natural medicine at the Perth Academy of Natural Therapies from that time until 2006. He is a well-respected and experienced practitioner. Over the years he has given many postgraduate seminars to his colleagues.
Michael has had an interest in the principles of natural health for most of his life. From his teenage years he developed an awareness of a healthy diet and regular exercise. He runs several times weekly, practices yoga and meditates. In recent years he has also pursued a love of Afro-American dancing styles, including swing dancing, lindy hop, blues and balboa and continues weekly classes, and may often be seen dancing in venues around Perth. To Michael, dance is a uniquely healthy activity, a celebration of life through music, movement, rhythm and social interaction. He has helped raise two healthy daughters, now 18 and 22, who have never had antibiotics or any drugs.
Alternative Medicine Practitioner
From early in his studies, Michael became aware of the importance of the principles of holistic health. This means that true health is a reflection of the whole person: the body, the mind and the emotions. Everything is connected; it is regulated by the intelligence of the whole that we might call the life force, known historically as the “Vital Force”. Any symptoms of ill health or disease stem from a disturbance in the balance of this whole. The symptoms themselves are the intelligent response by the life force to a disturbance, whether physical, environmental or emotional. These symptoms attempt to limit the damage and protect against further harm to the organism as a whole.
Michael Blanch’s philosophy of treatment is based on the understanding that true health can only be achieved by working with this innate healing mechanism, not against it. Unfortunately, many modern natural therapists have taken on the role of “alternative doctor”, using natural medicine that, like drugs, only treat symptoms, in that way working against what the body is trying to do and delaying or preventing complete restoration of health, where that is possible.
The symptomatic approach is fostered by the spread of naturopaths employed by health food stores and pharmacies, who are mostly there to sell product; this usually means quick consultations that can never really treat the whole person. Initial consultations with Michael Blanch take about an hour and subsequent consultations half an hour. They are truly holistic in approach and cover all aspects of the patient’s health – mental, emotional and physical. (See under Patient Information)
As a naturopath, Michael believes that there are two aspects to the important task of maintaining and restoring your health. Firstly, it is important to adhere to natural laws… having a good diet and getting enough sleep and adequate exercise is a start. Fulfilling social relationships are also vitally important to health. They foster a sense of purpose and belonging: this is the “spiritual” side of health, which for some extends into the religious; but for our purposes let us just say that we need a sense of meaning in our lives, whatever the source. Stress management is important. For some this will simply be a hobby; there are however more powerful forms of relaxation such as meditation, whose techniques have evolved over thousands of years. Michael is an experienced meditator and he is trained to assist you with all the lifestyle changes necessary to maintain optimum health. (See under Naturopathy Explained)
These principles are important in maintaining natural health. They may also be necessary in the restoration of health, where the individual has become sick. In many people, however, these changes for the better are not enough, due to inherited weaknesses or longstanding abuse of the principles of natural health. In these cases medicine needs to be given. To work holistically this needs to be natural medicine that treats the whole person and removes the blocks that are stopping the body from healing itself.
Michael Blanch is trained in the main areas of western alternative medicine. This includes vitamin and mineral therapy, herbal medicine and homeopathy. Any of these may be used. If there are vitamin and mineral deficiencies, together with poor absorption, in the short term, supplementation may be prescribed. If the body needs detoxifying or if specific organs like the liver, kidneys or nervous system need tonifying then herbal medicine may be utilised.
However, in most cases where medicine is prescribed it will be homeopathy. Through his 24 years experience Michael finds that the only form of natural therapy that consistently fulfills the ideals of holistic treatment is homeopathy because (a) it is prescribed on symptoms of the whole patient, mentally, emotionally and physically and (b) it is not a chemical medicine that imposes its own symptoms or interferes with the body’s self-regulation. It is the only system of natural medicine that works purely by balancing the whole organism and removing the blocks that prevent the body from healing itself. When prescribed properly, it is a catalyst to health. It does not heal by its own action: it works by teaching the body to heal itself. (See under Homeopathy Explained)
Qualifications for Michael Blanch:
- Diploma of Therapeutic Massage (1981)
- Diploma of Herbal Medicine (1982)
- Diploma of Naturopathy (1984)
- Diploma of homeopathy (1985)
Accreditations and memberships:
Michael Blanch is accredited as a naturopath by the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) (#0465).
He is a member of the Australian homeopathic Association (AHA) (#163)
He is a registered homeopath under the National Competency Standards for Homeopathy by the Australian Register of Homeopaths (AROH) (Reg. #00-019)
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