Our Naturopaths

Nirala Jacobi

Nirala Jacobi is Brisbane’s only U.S trained naturopathic physician.  These are doctors who graduate with a medical degree, who combine naturopathic medicine with conventional medical principles, and who pass a national licensing exam.  Australia doesn’t have such licensing laws, consequently, naturopaths here are seldom medically trained. Read more…

Emily Sugars

Emily is a qualified Naturopath who began practice in 2012 at Bardon Counselling and Natural Therapy Centre as Dr Nirala Jacobi’s resident. Whilst she was completing her studies in Naturopathy, Nutrition and Western Herbal Medicine, she spent many hours observing Nirala in practice and furthering her knowledge from one of the leaders in the field. Read more…

What is Naturopathic Medicine?


Naturopathic Medicine is a system of medicine founded on the most time tested JacobiLogo (320x290)medical principle: the healing power of nature. The goal of the naturopathic practitioner is to restore the natural functioning of the body through the use of herbs, diet, lifestyle recommendations and treatments that enhance the body’s innate ability to heal.

In Naturopathic Medicine, each client is treated as an integrated whole, and the symptoms of disease are seen as indicators of improper functioning and unfavorable habits of lifestyle. The primary goal of treatment is to identify and address the underlying cause of illness, and to avoid symptomatic treatments that may have adverse effects on the body’s ability to heal itself.

For example, a 45 year old woman comes in complaining of fatigue, headaches, stress, and trouble loosing weight.

The naturopathic approach would look to her diet, sleep patterns, and nutritional status – tests would be ordered to look at adrenal and thyroid hormones, certain nutrients, and perhaps food sensitivities. A comprehensive treatment plan might also include stress relieving herbs and nutrients, exercise recommendation and an elimination diet. Health is often quickly restored without ongoing need of treatment

What happens in a session?

First appointment (1 hour):

Before your first appointment you will be asked to complete some online questionnaires. These are important tools to help identify which lifestyle choices might be contributing to your health problem. During the appointment, we will delve deeper into areas of your health history such as sleep, diet, stress, digestion, and elimination. Based on what emerges, we may recommend certain lab tests. Some can be ordered by your GP, some are “functional tests” such as food allergy testing, toxicity status, and hormonal patterns.

Before your first appointment concludes, you will be given targeted supplements to help with the immediate relief of symptoms, as well as diet and lifestyle recommendations.

Second appointment (1 hour)—2-3 weeks after the first appointment

During your second appointment the comprehensive treatment plan takes shape. We will review any lab tests that may have been ordered, conduct a physical exam as well as medical kinesiology which aims to confirm our suspicion of certain organ weaknesses.

A thorough plan of action will be given to you so you fully understand the steps you need to take to regain your health

Follow ups (30-45 minutes)

Typically done 4-6 weeks apart—these are important check-in times to see if anything in the treatment plan needs to be changed or adjusted.

What conditions are frequently seen?

It has been said that there isn’t a health condition in the world that wouldn’t respond favourably to naturopathic medicine. We address the function of not just the visible parts of your body, but most importantly the biochemical pathways involved in energy production, elimination, and rejuvenation. The list is truly endless, but conditions that almost always have outstanding results:

  • depression and anxiety
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other digestive disorders
  • menopause and other hormonal statesBardon_Counselling_Emily_naturopath-
  • adrenal fatigue
  • headaches
  • stress
  • eczema or psoriasis

How much does it cost

Dr. Nirala Jacobi, BHSc, ND

First and second appointment (one hour): $140 each

Follow up appointments (30 minutes) $85

Emily Sugars, Adv. Dip. Nat

First and second appointment (one hour): $95 each

Follow up appointments (30 minutes) $60