What does a naturopath do for you?
You probably already know that naturopathy assists the body’s force to heal and maintain itself, but what does a naturopath do for you exactly?
Let’s say you have a cold, a strange rash, an infection or any other complaint you might normally go to your family doctor for; a naturopathic doctor will provide counseling and guidance on treating a long list of conditions making time to explain your medication so you can make a well-informed decision.
And it’s not just about healing - it’s about prevention and establishing foundations for health.
What happens at a naturopath appointment?
You’ll sit down one-on-one and talk about your medical history, your current concerns and health goals. Your naturopathic doctor will ask you about your sleeping patterns, energy levels, diet, and mood. The goal is to make sure you gain a deep understanding of how your illness or discomfort works and how you are going to treat it.
What your doctor may suggest is herbal medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, changing your eating habits, massage, physical therapy, meditation, flower essence…The list goes on as the list of conditions naturopathy can treat expends. It all really depends on your symptoms and individual preferences but what each method has in common is a holistic approach to healing.
Benefits of seeing a naturopath
There are conditions naturopathy can treat particularly well; digestive problems, respiratory problems, allergies, chronic fatigue, emotional problems, migraines, skin conditions, menstrual and menopausal problems.
Pretty much everything you'd go to a doctor for. What makes naturopaths different is their holistic approach with a focus on counselling and a variety of whole health treating tools. Their goal is to inspire you to take better care of yourself.
When it comes to a disease continuum, it doesn’t really matter which stage you are in – there are treatments and tools that can help you. You might have frequent migraines or a tendency to bloat. Or you just feel less energized and stressed out; there are ways you can ease the symptoms and treat your illness without medication. Sometimes, less invasive things can be done to shift your health to a state of balance
When not to see a naturopath?
There are areas where it is best to see a conventional doctor. Keep in mind that naturopaths don’t have access to diagnostic imaging so if you have a broken bone, or you need a surgery please visit your conventional doctor.
Are naturopathic doctors fully trained?
To become a naturopath, you have to complete an intensive, four-year program where you are trained in clinical science, biological sciences, and natural healing techniques.
After the final exam, naturopathic doctors are able to provide treatment, perform a physical exam, establish the diagnosis and interpret laboratory tests. What they believe in is educating patients and engaging them in their own health care.
That’s what truly makes them different; they will not only provide treatment for your health concerns, they will look for the cause and make sure you know all about the proper ways to prevent future discomfort.
A nature-based treatment is more than just a medical approach – it’s a lifestyle.