7 Reasons to see a Naturopath
A Naturopath doctor (ND) marries scientific knowledge and current research with traditional and natural forms of medicine to help their patients reach their health goals. Naturopathy uses non-invasive and natural therapies to tap into the body’s self-healing abilities, after discovering the root cause(s) of the condition, then working closely with their patients to help implement positive change into their daily routine to optimize their health and wellness. Prevention is key: A naturopath not only treats the health challenge with sustainable solutions, but also provides clear strategies to patients on how to empower and improve their life by minimising illnesses from the outset, taking into account the patients genetics, lifestyle and nutrition.
When you see a Naturopathic Doctor for an appointment, you get the undivided attention of the doctor for 45 minutes to 1,5 hours. You will be asked questions about your routine and a holistic diagnosis will be made using iridology, reflexology, and abdominal palpation, to complement your diagnosis or physical complaints that have not yet been diagnosed as a condition. You will have the chance to ask questions, and as well as share any concerns you may have about your health and wellness.
2. HOLISTIC APPROACH:
This is done by looking at you as a whole person and not just a symptom. A Naturopath takes a holistic (physical, mental and emotional) and well-rounded approach to your health, by taking all aspects of your life into consideration: your current health status, your routine and the environment you live and work in. The body is an intricate network that attempts to work together – organs form systems and the different bodily systems influence one another, When one aspect of the body’s network is out of balance ( eg. damaged from injury, over exerted, exposed to toxins, lacks circulation, under nourished or congested), it tends to affect other areas of the body.
Seeing a Naturopath allows for in-depth care, where there is more time for you to ask questions than typically at a conventional medical doctor’s appointment. Knowledge is power and the mind does influence the body, so it is important for you to understand what is happening internally. Your Naturopathwill go over your diagnosis with you, and will educate you on all the treatment options available and help facilitate which option will best help you. There are many treatment options available that can help in recovery including dietary advice, nutritional supplementation (evidence-based and standardized) herbal medicines (sourced especifically), reflexology, bioresonance and biomagnestism, which are all aimed at optimizing your health, from a holistic approach.
Naturopaths undertake four years of intense education and training at a certiofied institute, and can thereafter specialise in chosen areas of focused interest. The first two years are comparable to conventional medical school in curriculum and the applicable hours required. Their studies include anatomy, pathology, biology, biochemistry, clinical test result evaluations, physical exams and medical imaging. There are licensing board exams which graduates must pass, and graduates are required to maintain ongoing continued education to maintain a high standard of relevance and validity. Naturopaths work alongside medical doctors, nutritionists, personal trainers and other holistic practitioners, as complete health care is always a team effort. With regards to the use of natural supplementation, Naturopaths will only utilize and prescribe practitioner-only standard products, which are are evidence-based and safe to use.
5. COMPLEMENTARY TREATMENT OF PREVALENT HEALTH CONDITIONS:
Naturopathy may assist with prevalent health conditions including cardiovascular health, hormonal imbalance, fertility, menopause, digestion, immune system improvement, stress, sleep disorders, allergies and skin conditions, migraines, degenerative illness such as arthritis and also preventative health strategies. Combining both prescription medicine and natural medicine may be a daunting and complex option, but with the right advice and complementary work between your GP, Naturopath and pharmacist, a successful whole health strategy is possible.
Sadly, people often seek out a Naturopath when they have exhausted every other possible avenue, with little or no success. Thankfully, naturopaths are trained in a variety of healthcare modalities, which gives you many options in moving forward. In chronic disease, treatments might take some time to see a shift in how you are feeling, but that’s because treatments are targeting the root cause of your health concerns and healing in this way can take some time. If you are able to exercise patience and perseverance, then feel assured that you are in the right hands when working with Naturopath.
7. INTEROCEPTION – DEEPENED INTERNAL BODY AWARENESS:
When visiting a Naturopath, you get the opportunity to sit down in a secure and calm environment (consultation room) and take time to explore your individual routine, discuss both openly and safely what is going on in your body from both a physical and psychological point of view, which event(s) may have lead up to or influenced your current health state.
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