WHAT IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE?
Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care system that incorporates the art and science of traditional and natural forms of medicine with modern scientific knowledge. The practice of naturopathic medicine involves disease diagnosis as well as treatment and prevention using natural therapies.
A naturopathic doctor is a jack-of-all-trades with a number of different tools at their disposal. Some of the natural therapies used are:
- Asian medicine and Acupuncture
- Botanical medicine
- Clinical nutrition
- Lifestyle counselling
- Nutritional counselling
- Personal counselling
The type of medicine that is used depends on your case and your preference. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the clinic for more information.
WHO ARE NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS?
A naturopathic doctor is a licensed physician that works to bring you back to a state of health and wellness. Essentially, naturopaths are the family doctors of the complementary care world. We can help you to prevent future disease and to get your current health on track. If there is something that we cannot directly help you with in the clinic, we will refer you to other practitioners more specialized in the area that you require.
We are first line healthcare practitioners. This means that ND’s are able to provide you with your yearly physical exam as well as treatment for any health concerns that you may have along the way.
We focus on preventative medicine so that you can maintain a higher baseline of health and avoid getting sick in the first place.
We look at you as a whole person instead of as a disease or a diagnosis. When I have you in, I want to get to know your case in the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual spheres, because wellness involves all of those aspects. You are more than the sum of your symptoms.
VISITING A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR
The first appointment with a naturopathic physician tends to be much longer than a conventional medical office visit. The visit can be anywhere from 60 to 120 minutes. In addition, patients often complete extensive paperwork before the visit to guide the naturopathic doctor during the interview. Much of the initial visit involves listening to the patient’s story. This story may have many twists and turns and involve multiple conditions or diseases. Naturopathic doctors recognize the importance of this process and allow the patient the time and space necessary to share their story.
Naturopathic physicians use laboratory tests and other objective data in combination with the patient’s subjective story to determine the most effective treatment. A naturopathic physician is like a tailor trying to find the best fit for the patient. This is a genuine practice of medicine requiring trial and error along with patience and good communication. This process culminates in an individually tailored treatment plan that actively engages the patient in his or her health. The treatment will vary depending upon the expertise of the physician, but ample time is afforded at the end of the visit to discuss the plan and answer any questions. Follow-up visits are common to assess how well the plan fits and to make any necessary changes.
Tip: Bring any copies of bloodwork or imagine reports to your first appointment. These assessments give your Naturopath a better picture of your complete health.