You Are Not Your Health Condition
Yes, you may have a diagnosis of a particular health condition. And yes, this diagnosis is important in guiding your treatment options. But should it be the only thing guiding such an important decision? A naturopathic doctor doesn’t think so. You don’t have the same lifestyle, genetics, or co-occurring conditions as someone else with the same diagnosis, so why should you be given the same medicine? With naturopathic medicine, you are an active participant in your path to optimal wellness, so your treatment is individualized to you, as a person with a condition, not merely to the condition itself.
A Simple Method To Detailed Care
With the abundance of resources available on the internet, it can be difficult to decide which of the many treatment options are best for you and your family. Naturopathic doctors help navigate this information through taking a thorough case history, assessing for the underlying cause, identifying and removing obstacles to cure, and providing the gentlest yet most effective therapies. Naturopathic doctors are experts in nutrition, homeopathy, plant-based medicines, hydrotherapy and environmental medicine, allowing them to direct specific and detailed care.
Modern Techniques, Natural Wisdom
Naturopathic medicine’s roots lie in traditional healing that has been used for centuries to stimulate the body’s innate ability to heal. This does not, however, mean that it exists outside of the advancements that have been made in medicine over the years. Naturopathic doctors are trained to mesh the two, utilizing modern diagnostic techniques to help narrow their focus to the most appropriate and effective natural therapy to return the body and mind to a state of health.
A Different Point of View
The same advances in medicine that have given way to greater understanding of specific disease processes have unfortunately lead to an increase in segmentation of people into body systems. Specialization has developed out of necessity, and we now see our family doctor who refers us to a cardiologist for our heart problems, a rheumatologist for our aches and pains, and a psychiatrist for our depression and anxiety. Naturopathic doctors are trained as primary care providers that assess the body and mind as one whole functioning system of these interconnecting parts.
Naturopathic doctors are not opposed to conventional medicine. They frequently work alongside their MD and DO colleagues to provide full spectrum healthcare at the level that is necessary for the individual.
Naturopathic doctors attend accredited 4-year graduate level programs at one of 6 schools in the US or 2 in Canada. Prior to admission they must have completed a bachelor’s degree, including pre-med based science courses. The schooling itself consists of biomedical sciences, the same as required for their conventional counterparts, including laboratory diagnosis and pharmacology training, as well as training in natural therapies and clinical training. Licensed naturopathic doctors have passed two rigorous national licensing exams.