Karla Rawles, Naturopath, carrying a basket of green vegetables

Please note, I am currently taking a break from clinical practice.

My story

I love healthy food which tastes amazing. I feel inspired to share my knowledge of home cooking, health and nutrition with you, and that’s why I became a naturopath.

I believe food is medicine and that we can heal ourselves and prevent chronic health conditions with what we eat.

But I wasn’t always into health. In fact, I had a very conventional upbringing in suburban Hampshire, UK, with very little awareness about where food comes from, or how it impacts health. I didn’t know what wholefoods were, and certainly had no idea how to cook with them.

That was until my early twenties when I started working with someone who was a vegetarian. I would curiously quiz her about her lunch ingredients, as I didn’t recognise her lentils and sunflower seeds. Through my interest in yoga, I also met a nutritionist who amazed me with her knowledge about the healing power of food.

Chopping carrots

I became motivated to learn more about what I was putting into my mouth each day and was shocked about the ingredients in packaged food. From there, I also became aware about how my food choices were affecting my health.

When I made some relatively simple changes, I felt amazing.

Fast forward a decade and half way round the world, I was persevering with my career in communications. Yet, even though I worked with some incredible people in very worthwhile organisations, I felt this gap, this yearning, to do something more.

I wanted to inspire people to improve their health through food and nutrition, the way others had inspired me years before. So I embarked on my Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathy at Southern School of Natural Therapies and have not looked back since.

Naturopathy gives me the tools to not only recommend personalised food and lifestyle techniques which can radically improve your health and wellbeing, it also equips me with knowledge of over 150 medicinal plants, which can give you symptomatic relief while we work on the underlying causes of your health imbalance.

Karla Rawles, Naturopath

My qualifications

I hold a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) from Southern School of Natural Therapies.

This is a rigorous, four year science degree which teaches a comprehensive understanding of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathophysiology, pharmacology, herbal and nutritional medicine.

I am a full member of Naturopaths & Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA).

What is naturopathy?

Naturopathy is a type of complementary health care, which incorporates nutritional and herbal medicine, lifestyle and dietary advice, to help you find or rediscover your unique health balance. I work as your personal health detective to bring together all aspects of your medical picture to understand the underlying cause of your symptoms. I then make recommendations to reduce symptoms and get you feeling better, while addressing the cause so you can enjoy long term relief.

Tea pot and tea cups

What I can help with

As a naturopath, I’m trained to assist people with a wide range of health conditions. The holistic approach means I don’t always directly treat your condition or diagnosis, I look at your whole picture of health and recommend strategies which give your body the resources it needs to regain its balance naturally.

My special areas of interest include mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression and autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. I also love helping people gain relief and freedom from digestive problems, recurrent colds/flus, issues with painful or absent periods and skin imbalances.