Complimentary Medicine

Dr Robson-Parsons integrates a variety of complementary treatments in her functional medicine approach, utilizing homeopathic medicine, nutraceuticals and herbal medicine as treatment modalities in conjunction with nutrition and lifestyle recommendations. She has a special interest in gastrointestinal health and completed a dissertation on homeopathic treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome during her studies.

Complementary medicine refers to regulated health care practices (including homeopathy) that are not part of the conventional medicinal approach, but may be used independently or alongside such treatments.

Registered practitioners of complimentary medicine must undergo medical training in all aspects of human health and disease, enabling them to diagnose and treat as primary healthcare professionals.

The practice of complimentary medicine in South Africa is regulated by the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa, ensuring that registered practitioners have the necessary qualifications to uphold the best standard of health care and conduct themselves in a manner befitting the responsibility their position demands. In order to practice complimentary medicine, practitioners are legally obligated to register with this professional council.

As registered professionals, most comprehensive medical aid plans cover the cost of consultations and may also offer prescription reimbursements. Please confirm reimbursement policies with your own medical aid.

What to Expect

Your initial consultation will be scheduled for an hour, in which time we will discuss your concerns, health history and lifestyle. Be prepared to bring along recent laboratory reports, and a list of medicines and supplements that you are currently taking. If necessary, additional laboratory testing will be requested. In addition to conventional screening tests, practitioners trained in nutrigenomic testing may discuss and recommend this as an option.

Using interventions such as diet and lifestyle adjustments requires commitment and patience. We will collaborate to set realistic and attainable goals, so that you gain the beneficial outcomes you set out to achieve.

Complimentary medicine can be used for both acute and chronic conditions, as a stand alone treatment or in addition to conventional medicine. It is important to understand that complimentary medicine has its limitations and is not suitable in the case of medical emergencies. Please contact your general practitioner or nearest hospital for urgent care.