A Natural Approach To Medicine
With conventional medicine seeming like a never-ending list of side effects, naturopathic medicine is becoming more popular these days. Naturopathic medicine focuses on prevention and the self-healing process through the use of natural therapies. Naturopathic doctors combine centuries-old knowledge and a philosophy that nature is the most effective healer with current medical research.
While focusing on the underlying cause of the disease, naturopathic medicine uses the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health.
Naturopathic doctors treat many common ailments including: allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, cancer and many others. Naturopathic doctors can also perform minor surgeries, or stitching up superficial wounds. They also focus on naturally removing barriers to good health and helping create a healing environment. Many naturopathic treatments are non-invasive, gentle and has limited or no side effects. Naturopathic doctors make a conscious effort to treat the condition and not just suppress the symptoms.
Naturopathic doctors generally see themselves more as teachers that educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for their health. Naturopathic doctors also attempt to treat the whole person and not just the illness by taking into account the individual’s physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social factors.
Many naturopathic doctors have either spent four years studying at a school of naturopathy; are self-taught or are have a professional medical license, such as a chiropractor, dentist or doctor and include naturopathic methods along with their usual treatments.
Even though naturopathic medicine is generally free from radiation therapy, major surgery or drugs, many naturopathic doctors will still use x-ray or laboratory tests to diagnose illness. Once the illness is diagnosed naturopathic doctors will use nutritional medicine and fasting; herbs, minerals, and vitamins; homeopathy; Chinese medicine; acupuncture; counseling and hypnotherapy; therapeutic exercise; and some minor surgery to treat the patient’s condition.
In addition to natural treatments, naturopathic medicine uses counseling, biofeedback, stress reduction and behavioral medicine to improve the mental health and physical of their patients.
Naturopathic doctors consider prevention a key of naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic doctors believe patients can prevent certain diseases by using natural healing agents and working to ward off diseases before they happen.
Naturopathic physicians work throughout the United States and Canada in clinics, private practices, hospitals and community health centers. In order to become a naturopathic physician, practitioners must undergo extensive training before they become licensed health-care providers. In order to become licensed, naturopathic medical students, must intern in clinical settings under the supervision of licensed medical doctors.
Patients who want to visit a naturopathic doctor should expect to a two hour-long initial appointment. This is so the doctor can learn about the patient’s health history, diet, drug use, stress factors and preform an examination or order diagnostic tests. All follow up appointments usually only last thirty to sixty minutes.
Any one who is interested in seeing a naturopathic doctor should check with their insurance provider because most insurance policies, including Medicare and Tricare, do not cover treatment by naturopathic doctors, Only a few states require insurance companies to cover treatment by licensed naturopathic doctors.