How can a Naturopathic Doctor help you?
Naturopathic Doctors treat almost all acute and chronic health concerns and can also help treat problems associated with life transitions. Here are some of the most common conditions seen by Naturopathic Doctors:
Colds And Flus
High Blood Pressure
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Urinary Tract Infections
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a system of primary health care that treats disease and promotes health using natural therapies. Naturopathic Doctors are highly educated primary care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. They perform full physical exams, conduct medical research, and order lab tests. Naturopathic medicine is covered under most extended health insurance plans.
Naturopathic Doctors utilize many therapies:
Clinical nutrition takes advantage of the relationship between food and health. It consists of maximizing an individual’s dietary needs, while also eliminating potentially harmful foods. Clinical nutrition also involves the supplementation of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. In many diseases, a large amount of a certain nutrient can have beneficial health effects that cannot be achieved through food alone. It can be confusing and dangerous to self-treat with supplements because everyone is different. Naturopathic Doctors perform extensive scientific research to determine the optimal food and supplement habits for each individual patient.
Acupuncture is a therapy that has been used for thousands of years. It involves the insertion of very thin needles into specific points on the body to encourage healing. From a Western perspective, the insertion of needles causes the release of various chemicals that have a wide variety of functions, such as boosting the immune system. Traditionally, the Chinese have implemented it as a system that promotes the flow of energy within the body. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in numerous scientific studies for a wide variety of conditions, most notably pain. Naturopathic Doctors are skilled at using acupuncture on its own or in conjunction with other therapies.
Herbal medicine is the use of plants or plant extracts to prevent disease and improve health. A large number of plants have been studied for their specific health benefits. Most plants have multiple health benefits and many plants have compounding benefits when prescribed together. Naturopathic Doctors prescribe plants in various forms from liquid alcohol extracts to dried capsule forms. Plants can be as powerful and as effective as drugs, but usually have fewer side effects. To ensure effective results with herbal medicine, it is important to consult a qualified health care practitioner such as a Naturopathic Doctor.
Many aspects of life are stressful, especially when your health is not optimal. Naturopathic Doctors are specifically trained to help patients process their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. Naturopathic Doctors are also trained in dealing with a wide variety of psychological complaints including relationship problems, eating disorders, anxiety, and depression. They are able to work with patients to reduce stress and create long-term mental health.
Physical therapies are a way to promote health and healing by directly contacting the body. They include gentle touch, such as relaxing massage. They also include more dynamic techniques such as spinal manipulation. Hydrotherapy is a physical therapy that utilizes hot or cold water that is applied to the skin to help relax muscles. Physical therapies also include electronic devices that help promote healing on a cellular level and reduce pain. Naturopathic Doctors use a wide range of physical therapies with their patients, which often produce better results than medications alone.
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