What is a Naturopathic Doctor? Naturopathic Doctors or NDs practice natural and lifestyle medicine. They are regulated healthcare professionals (RHPA) and are considered primary health care providers. Naturopathic Doctors receive extensive training in a variety of disciplines and have the ability to diagnose and treat various medical diseases through the use of natural therapies. Since you are reading this blog, you are probably asking yourself… when is visiting a Naturopathic Doctor right for me? Unfortunately, the answer is not simple. Every patient who visits a Naturopathic Doctor is unique. That is why I put together this list of the top ten reasons to visit a Naturopathic Doctor.
1. Not Getting Any Answers To Your Health Concerns.
It is extremely frustrating to not receive the answers you are looking for when it has to deal with your health. Have you gone through the process of numerous medical visits and your ailments still persist? Not all hope is lost.
Naturopathic Doctors will complete an in depth assessment of your complete health profile and go over a variety of treatment options offered to give you the best possible solution for your individual needs. In Naturopathic Medicine, therapies are recommended based on the source of the ailments, and not just symptoms. Visiting a Naturopathic Doctor will bring a fresh perspective and possibly the answer you have been looking for.
2. My Current Healthcare Approach Is Not Helping Me
Do you ever to ask yourself one of these questions?
- Why can no one figure out what’s wrong with me?
- Why do I not feel like I am making progress with my health?
- Are there other solutions to my health that I am not aware of?
These are all valid questions you are entitled to have and may point you towards an alternative medicine approach and that is perfectly fine! It is your health and you have every right to explore all avenues to find your best version of care possible.
3. I Wish I Had More Time With My Doctor
A Naturopathic Doctor appointment gives you the opportunity to sit down and go over every aspect of your personal health at detail. Everything from your mental and physical health to how you are sleeping at night. All of these factors come together to build your perfect holistic approach to health. It should not be out of the norm to have a strong relationship with your primary care provider and this allows your Naturopathic Doctor to understand what makes you, well, you.
4. I’d Like To Know If I’m Taking The Right Supplements
There is information everywhere about supplements, what they do and what the best ones are to be taking. But how do you know what health information you read is the right information?
Naturopathic Doctors have extensive training and experience with implementation of vitamin and mineral supplementation for various therapies. This experience paired with your Naturopathic Doctor’s knowledge of your health history allows them to create a vitamin and mineral supplementation plan specifically for you.
5. I’m Tired Of Relying On Google For My Symptoms
Everyone has used Dr. Google before. That in the moment time of need when you need to know exactly what my symptoms mean. Google has a lot of truthful information but there is just as much information that is dishonest, misleading or outright false. (Not to mention the stress and anxiety from believing the wrong information.)
Naturopathic Doctors are here to listen to your concerns, symptoms and what is happening in your daily life. They are trained, experienced and are taking a personalized approach to your health. It is time to forget about Dr. Google.
6. I Need Advice On Nutrition
Naturopathic Doctors have a primary focus on the prevention of diseases through the combination of natural and traditional medicinal therapies. A large part of this equation is proper nutrition. Nutrition plays a big role in optimizing bodily function and day to day function. This goes beyond the all encompassing diet plan. What works for one individual may not work for another.
Do you know if you are checking all the nutritional boxes that you require?
7. I Have Benefits That Cover Naturopathic Medicine
Most Ontario workplace benefit packages include a Naturopathic Doctor’s services within their umbrella of insurance coverage. Do you know if naturopathic services are in your coverage? If you do, there is no better time to use it than now!
8. I Battle Digestive Issues
Digestive issues can lead to mood swings, anxiety, sleep issues, skin issues, brain fog, hormone imbalance and/or immune system issues… and the list goes on. Your gut is the home for the majority of your immune cells in the body. Therefore, it is no wonder why digestive health is an important factor for anyone’s health.
Do you experience issues with your digestive health? Naturopathic Doctors are specifically trained to understand the therapies for a patient experiencing digestive issues.
9. I Battle Stress And Anxiety
The most important aspect of a Naturopathic Doctor’s skill-set when helping a patient with their stress and anxiety management is their holistic approach to health. Stress and anxiety comes in many different forms (from relationships, sleep, work, physical health, mental health or more) and a Naturopathic Doctor having a full understanding of your health profile will produce a higher aptitude to providing the proper therapy.
Naturopathic Doctors offer numerous services that aid with stress and anxiety management including: acupuncture, hormone testing and specific lab testing.
10. I Want An Alternative And Complimentary Approach To My Health
Naturopathic Doctors give their patients hope. They offer services that are comprehensive and individual focused. Individual health care is about bridging the gap between conventional treatments and supportive naturopathic medicine that seeks to optimize health. If you are looking for an alternative approach to caring for your health, a Naturopathic Doctor is right for you!
If you are interested in finding more ways a Naturopathic Doctor can help you, email me to schedule a meeting at the Lifetime Wellness Centre on North Service Road.