Naturopathy, What you need to know
Naturopathy: What you need to know!
What is a Naturopath?
A Naturopath or Naturopathic Doctor (ND) in Ontario is a medically trained doctor that focuses on treating the root cause of disease. The initial appointment includes a detailed review of your concern(s), medical history, a physical exam, a diet and lifestyle assessment, and may require lab tests/blood work. This is similar to an appointment with your family doctor. However, an evaluation with an ND will require more time and information because the focus is finding the root cause and improving the body’s health. Based on this information, patients leave their visit with a unique and tailored treatment plan that is right for them.
NDs have many options to treat your concern(s). This commonly involves diet and lifestyle changes, vitamins and supplements, botanical medicine, acupuncture, and much more. They are the experts on what is the safest and most effective option to help you achieve your health goals. Naturopathic medicine can compliment mainstream medicine, but can also provide individuals an alternative to surgery or medication in some cases.
When to see an ND?
NDs are great health care practitioners to see when your goal is to correct the root cause of disease and restore quality of life. Our current medical system does an amazing job with emergency medicine. However, it is lacking in chronic disease management, where as NDs excel in this area. NDs are highly trained with a 4 year naturopathic medical doctorate and a 4 year university degree. This training also includes the knowledge of when a patient must be referred to a different professional. In 2015, the term naturopath became a protected title. Only individuals with the above education and a doctorate in naturopathic medicine can now call themselves a naturopath or a naturopathic doctor in Ontario.
What do NDs treat?
NDs have a wide scope of practice in treating many illnesses. Anything you would see your family doctor for you can see an ND for. Some common concerns include chronic pain from an injury or systemic condition (rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia), digestion concerns (acid reflux, inflammatory bowel disease), hormonal issues (thyroid disease, hot flashes, irregular menstrual cycle, painful periods), fatigue, and stress to name a few.
When your goal is to correct the cause of your illness through natural interventions, get the help of a naturopathic doctor to guide you back to health!
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