We all know that when our tooth hurts we should see a dentist, and if we’ve broken our leg we should get to the ER. What’s a little more confusing though is figuring out why or when to see a Naturopathic Doctor (ND).
Naturopathic medicine treats the body as a whole. The approach a Naturopath takes to your health is holistic, all-encompassing and nurturing. NDs work on finding the root cause of an issue, rather than treating symptoms with quick fixes.
Here are 5 reasons why everyone should see a Naturopathic Doctor.
1. To address a health concern from a natural perspective
Instead of using pharmaceuticals or surgery, Naturopathic Doctors use diet, lifestyle, medicine, vitamins, vitamin injection therapy, minerals, herbs, and acupuncture to address your health concerns. They aim to address the root cause of a condition by taking a very thorough health history, reviewing blood work and customized treatment plans.
2. To optimize your health
No one wants to just feel “fine” or “normal” - so when you don’t feel amazing and all of your blood work checks out okay, seeking the help of a Naturopathic Doctor is a great idea. We will work with you to improve your energy, support your sleep, support hormone balance and so much more to take “fine and normal” to “fantastic and optimal”.
3. To receive a second opinion
Naturopathic Doctors are medically trained and naturally focused. They receive extensive training in medical sciences and are able to do physical exams, health assessments and diagnose. If you’d like a second opinion about your health, or how to treat a medical condition you’ve been diagnosed with, speaking with an ND can be like taking a look at your health through a different lens.
4. To become more involved in your health care
There are no magic pills or diets that can solve all that ails you, but a daily commitment to your health can be empowering and create permanent changes in your life. Your ND can make recommendations and provide support, but ultimately your health is in your hands. If you’re excited about taking on that responsibility for yourself, then working with an ND, who practices patient-centred care is going to be a good fit for you.
5. To get back on track with your health
Think of your Naturopathic Doctor like your coach or a cheerleader, they are in your corner rooting you on! If you have fallen off the bandwagon with your health, they can help you to get back on track in a realistic and sustainable way. Your ND communicates with you via email being your accountability partner, and help guide the course if things get challenging.