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10 Reasons to See a Naturopath
People often ask why they should seek the care of a naturopathic doctor. How are we different from conventional doctors? What types of treatments do we use? Do we get results? So, to answer these and many other questions about naturopathic medicine, here are the top 10 reasons why you should see a naturopathic doctor.
Naturopathic Doctors use Non-Invasive Therapies
As naturopathic doctors, we use a variety of non-invasive yet highly effective modalities depending on your individual health concerns. We are trained in nutrition, homeopathy, counselling, botanical medicine, lifestyle modification and Asian medicine including acupuncture; so, you can make sure you are getting the health care you need with minimal if any side-effects.
We Build Relationships with our Patients
We take our time so you can finally have your chance to be heard. Instead of being rushed out of our offices, you get to tell us your concerns, your limitations, your past experiences or anything else you might think is relevant to your health. The relationship is one of mutual respect and this can often be a crucial factor in healing.
Naturopathic Doctors are Trained Professionals
We go through rigorous training before becoming licensed to diagnose and treat the health conditions affecting you and your family. After three years of undergraduate studies, with a focus on pre-med sciences, we complete an intensive four-year program in naturopathic medicine and two different sets of gruelling board exams before becoming registered and licensed to practice in Ontario.
Naturopathic Doctors Empower their Patients
We take time to educate our patients so that you can take better care of yourself. As the Chinese proverb states, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Naturopathic medicine is about empowering patients to make better choices in order to achieve greater health throughout their entire lives.
We Treat the Cause
Prescription drugs often deal with symptoms but rarely address the cause of ill health. Naturopathic doctors focus on working on a deeper level. By identifying and treating the cause of disease, rather than the symptoms, the body can better regulate and heal itself. In so doing, the patient not only feels better, they actually get better too.
We Focus on Disease Prevention
Rather than just treating illness, we educate patients on how they can make better their life choices to prevent illness in the first place.
We Can Help Where Conventional Medicine has Failed
Often there are instances where conventional medicine has failed or has limited treatment options. This is common when treating patients suffering from anxiety, infertility and autoimmune diseases, just to name a few. Naturopathic medicine offers options in these cases that can work with or instead of conventional medicine to help heal the body.
We are Cost Effective
Many people self-medicate. They go to the health food store and buy remedies that may or may not be effective for their condition. Natural doesn’t necessarily mean safe. Often, people are not aware of contraindications or side effects of natural vitamins, minerals and herbs. By seeing a naturopath, you can be assured that you will get the right remedy that is safe and effective for you.
Visits are Often Covered by Extended Health Care Plans
Most people think that naturopathic medicine is expensive. Although supplements can add up, a good naturopathic doctor will take your budget into consideration and focus on lifestyle and diet. Also, more and more extended healthcare plans are covering naturopathic medicine, so the visits might not cost you a dime.
Naturopathic Doctors use Therapies that Have Stood the Test of Time
Many of the therapies that we use have been practised for hundreds of years and in some countries, these therapies still remain the primary form of healthcare.