The body indeed has the ability to rehabilitate itself, and the beauty of naturopathic medicine is that it takes advantage of that. From comprehensive diagnosis, to treatment, to prevention, naturopathy aims to minimize unnecessary stresses to your body, and relieve you from your illnesses. But how do you go about treatment?
Naturopathic doctors are professionals who care for patients with a wide spectrum of conditions using natural remedies, non-invasive procedures, and lifestyle management. Their practice may or may not be used in conjunction with conventional medical practices, but ultimately, they focus on treating the person down to the most basic of causes such as stress. They are the ones who could help you in your journey as you turn to Mother Nature for managing your illness. How do you know then, who to consult? Here are several things you look for when selecting a naturopathic doctor.
While it appears to be a broad idea, getting help from a naturopathic doctor starts with you being comfortable. Naturopathic treatment depends heavily on a good patient-doctor relationship, so find someone you could easily be talk to, and also listen to. During the course of evaluating your case and the actual treatment, your doctor will often ask you to describe potentially sensitive aspects of your lifestyle, your physical and emotional state, and other personal matters. Additionally, you may also be asked to make significant and possibly difficult lifestyle changes. Naturopathic care does involve your entire being, That being the case, it would be pointless to consult someone you can’t be honest to, or someone whose advice you wouldn’t want to follow whole-hearted, as both situations could limit the effectivity of whatever treatment you’d be put on.
It never hurts to have a naturopathic doctor you could trust – someone who cares for your health as much as you do, someone who involves you in your treatment, and someone who wouldn’t put you in danger. Look for someone who has a track record of caring for patients well. Good naturopathic doctors respect their individual patients’ preferences, so they educate their patients well on every possible aspect of treatment and partner with them in taking responsibility and control over their health. A good naturopathic doctor will also never do a patient harm by using treatments that may generate additional problems. So if at some point your treatment scheme gives you more trouble than you initially had, it would be good to talk to your doctor about it.
- Good educational background
Always consider someone who’s had decent naturopathic training. Before being accredited, naturopathic doctors usually would have to have taken graduate-level medical degrees in naturopathic medicine comparable to conventional medical degrees, involving sound scientific and medical disciplines such as biochemistry, immunology, botany, and neurology. Alternately, practitioners who don’t seek medical licenses still undergo some form of specialized training, as in Chinese medicinal practices and such. It is easy to take naturopathy lightly due to the abundance of general health and wellness information on the internet, but a good naturopathic doctor needs to know more than just that. Naturopathy draws on so many disciplines such as physical therapy, botanical medicine, homeopathy, and nutrition, it’s impossible to be practiced properly without training.
- Broad, holistic perspective that suit your preferences
The most important aspect to watch for in choosing a naturopathic doctor would be your practitioner’s perspective. You need a doctor who will really treat you as a whole by carefully examining the factors which may be contributing to your condition, such as your physical, emotional, social, and mental circumstances. You also have to consider seeing a naturopathic doctor whose preferred methods and specializations match your preferences. Some patients may want to go all out on just herbal therapy and nothing else, others want to still take manufactured medicine but in conjunction with lifestyle changes and acupuncture. Additionally, doctors themselves may have differing treatment focus, as well preferences in which modality to use. Whatever you choose, or whatever your doctor prescribes for you, make sure you agree in both the modalities and focus of treatment.
Naturopathic treatment has great potential in helping you cope with your pain and sickness in a toxin-free way. Thus it is really important that you find a doctor who is qualified, caring, and respects what you want as a patient. Someone you could really work with. In case a partnership doesn’t work out as well as you would like, don’t be afraid to change naturopathic doctors until you find the best match. Cheers to wellness!