What is "Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct health care profession. A doctor of naturopathic medicine (ND) is a general health practitioner trained as a specialist in natural medicine. A doctor of naturopathic medicine treats disease and restores health using therapies from the disciplines of clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, Chinese medicine and lifestyle counseling.
What training does a Doctor of naturopathic Medicine have?
The naturopathic doctor has the degree, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND), Which required at least three years of pre-medical study from a university before acceptance into a four year accredited naturopathic medical school. Naturopathic doctors are educated in conventional medical sciences in addition to various natural medical systems.
What will happen during a visit with a naturopathic doctor?
A typical first visit with Dr. MacLean takes ninety minutes. The relationship begins with a through medical history and interview process designed to view all aspects of your life. Standard diagnostic procedures include a physical exam and naturopathic laboratory testing where appropriate. Time is devoted to discussing and explaining the principals of health as well as the specifics of your medical condition. You and Dr. MacLean will work together to establish a treatment and health promoting program. A large focus of your treatment plan will comprise of a health promoting diet. "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food" is the foundation of Dr. MacLean's practice. Dr. MacLean may also prescribe vitamin supplements, botanical or homeopathic medicines. Exercise and stress reduction methods will also be incorporated into the treatment plan. Depending on your condition, various naturopathic laboratory tests may be recommended. These may include hair or hormone analysis or detection of food allergies.
Is Naturopathic Medicine covered by insurance?
Naturopathic Medicine is not covered by MSI, the Nova Scotia provincial health plan. However, many private insurance plans cover naturopathic care.
Is Naturopathic Medicine regulated by the government?
The regulation of Naturopathic Medicine depends on where you live. The profession is regulated in most Canadian provinces, however, Nova Scotia does not regulate Naturopathic Medicine at this time. Until such a time, The Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NSAND) maintains the standards of practice equal to that of a regulated jurisdiction. All members of NSAND have taken the required national board examinations and hold a license to practice Naturopathic Medicine in a regulated province or state. For example Dr. MacLean maintains a Manitoba Naturopathic license. At the present time NSAND is working with the government of Nova Scotia to establish licensure of Naturopathic medicine.
What Are The Advantages of Naturopathic Care?
The goal of naturopathic practice is to treat the underlying disorders and to restore normal body function by enhancing the body's own healing abilities.
Therefore, naturopathic doctors must focus their efforts on understanding the unique needs of each patient.
As a result naturopathic treatments are highly individualized. Patients are involved in their health program and learn to make effective, educated self-care decisions which can prevent future health problems.
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathic medicine stimulates the innate healing powers of the individual. so that physiological systems function at there best. Homeopathic remedies work based on the " law of similars", a medicine which is capable of causing symptoms in a healthy person is given in a very dilute potency to treat sick people who have similar symptoms. To better explain this, think of a person chopping onions. The strong volitile juices from the onion can cause the person's eyes to water. Homeopthic Allium cepa which is made from onion ( but very dilute) is used to treat sick people who have the symptom of watery eyes. This may be a common symptom for someone with allergies or a cold. There are thosands of homeopathic remedies available to treat a wide variety of symptoms. Because homeopathic remedies are dilute they are very safe.
What Conditions and Illnesses Do Naturopathic Doctors Commonly Treat?
Naturopathic medicine is effective for treating most health problems, wether, acute or chronic. Virtually any health condition can be treated. . Naturopathic doctors cooperate with other branches of medical sciences, refering patients to other health practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropiate. The following are some examples of the conditions that can be helped with naturopathic medicine.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Allergies & Environmental Illnesses
Hypertension, Atherosclerosis, Heart Problems
Digestion, Constipation, IBS
Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne
Colds and Flu
Ear and Throat Infections
PMS, Menstrual Disorders
Fibrocystic Breast Disease
Enhancing Health in Pregnancy
Endometrioses, Uterine Fibroids
Mental or Emotional Stress
Attention Deficit Disorder