As Naturopathy in New Zealand is unregulated (meaning anyone can call themselves a Naturopath), we recommend a simple measure to ensure your safety and wellbeing.
The industry itself has put in place stringent standards for your safety. Naturopaths and Medical Herbalists of NZ (NMHNZ) is an organisation that only accepts members who meet the highest educational standards and who continue professional education on a yearly basis.
So make sure your Naturopath or Medical Herbalist is registered with NMHNZ. This means you are assured of a highly qualified health care professional.
Commonly referred to as "leaky gut", Intestinal permeability can be measured using the lactulose/mannitol recovery test.
The test involves taking a drink that contains two water-soluble sugars that do not get metabolised by humans. If absorbed into the bloodstream via the gut, they are excreted into the urine, which is collected and tested.
This is a simple urine test that also gives an insight into malabsorption issues.
There are quite a number of functional testing options available for gut health. It is highly recommended that you get in touch to discuss if this is the right test for you.
BHSc (High Dist.), BEd, Dip.Nat., Dip.Herb.Med., NMHNZ
SmartGENES Naturopathic Clinic
Christchurch Naturopath and Medical Herbalist with over 20 years experience in the field of natural health.