When Should You See a Naturopathic Doctor?
When you want a smarter approach to your health.
50% of my patients see me after they've seen every conventional doctor, been through the system, and still feel like they do not have answers or aren't seeing any more improvement.
The other 50% see me when they want a natural approach to their health, or they want to receive a thorough health assessment to early-identify any concerns as well as determining the likelihood of disease later in life.
You should see a naturopathic doctor when you want to use a natural method to fix your health concern.
Natural medicines include: nutrition, lifestyle changes, vitamins, supplements of herbal medicine, tinctures, homeopathics, acupuncture, body work, injection therapy and IV nutrient therapy, to provide immediate relief and also workup WHY you have the symptoms/condition you do and how to fix it so that it goes away for good or is prevented from progressing.
Medical doctors are great and we need them for acute care and access to drugs when needed. Generally speaking they are trained to give symptom relief and not how to fix you, and very few are trained in how to help their patients work to a point that they can come off their medications.
There is a general idea that most medical schools train medical doctors in 1 course credit on nutrition, if that. Potentially the same or less on physical activity and natural medicines for health.
Naturopathic doctor's main education comprises of understanding the biochemistry and physiology, both in functioning and dysfunctional states to know how to identify the root cause of a condition or symptom, and how to fix it.
Naturopathic Doctors shine in these areas of treatment:
- Mental health. Such as stress, anxiety, depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s, fatigue and insomnia.
- Common conditions. Such as hypothyroidism, obesity, allergies, asthma, hormonal imbalances, diabetes, skin issues, cancer and heart disease.
- Gastrointestinal conditions. Such as bloating, constipation, heartburn, acid reflux, diarrhea, IBS, IBD.
- Pain relief. Such as indigestion, arthritis, headaches and migraines, back pain, other chronic pain and injuries.
- Women’s health. Such as infertility, pregnancy, uterine conditions, PMS and menopause.
Naturopathic medicine is a regulated health profession in North America, and licensed and regulated naturopathic doctors attend a vigorous 4 year medical degree program after their undergraduate degree in the sciences. Some provinces and states are not regulated and anyone can call themselves a naturopath. Be sure to check with their credentials to receive the quality, standard, regulated care naturopathic doctors provide. Naturopathic Doctor and Naturopathic Physician is a protected term, reserved for those who have finished a degree at an accredited naturopathic medical college.