In Celebration of Naturopathic Medicine Week from May 12-15th, I wanted to outline the top 5 reasons to see a Naturopath (there are numerous reasons in my opinion, but I figured 5 is a good number!).
1. We see connections.
I understand this statement may sound like it is from the movie “The Matrix”. However, Naturopaths are trained to see connections between symptoms and determine the root cause behind the symptom(s) and treat that specifically. It is easy to look up a condition on google and learn it’s symptoms and causes. It is harder however to understand numerous symptoms and determine the reasoning behind them, especially when it’s multi-factorial (whether nutritional, stress, lifestyle, organ systems, environmental pollutants, genetics, etc.)
2. Your treatment plan is specificially crafted to you, and only to you.
Something special about our treatment programs are that they are specific to the individual. No one person has the same treatment plan as another, even if they are suffering from a similar condition. We also take in to accountant your personality and preferances and create a treatment plan in which you can follow. And if any bump in the road, we are there to help and guide you. Because we are addressing the cause and not the effect, our treatment plans do take longer in time to show results. However, they are worth it in the end.
3. We have a lot of tools in our tool belt, and they are all natural.
In regards to our treatment plans, we have many different treatment options we can use to help you reach your health goals, and we are well trained in all of them. These include (but are not limited to): acupuncture, botanical medicine or herbs/teas, nutrition or dietary counseling, supplements, laboratory testing, homeopathy, detoxification, hydrotherapy, physical therapy, mesotherapy, counseling, stress reduction, meditation, and energetic medicine. Also, all of our therapies are natural with low risk and low side-effects, unlike many traditional medicinations/treatments.
4. We treat chronic diseases
4 out of 5 Canadians suffer from or will suffer from a chronic disease in their lifetime. Examples of chronic disease are: diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure/cholesterol, mental health issues, anemia, pulmonary disease, congestive heart disease, chronic fatigue, headaches, fibromyalgia, and cancer. Chronic diseases are multifactorial (have a physical, genetic, environmental, lifestyle, nutritional, and mental-emotional component), hence need a treatment plan that address all of these factors. Many times a lifestyle change is needed, which Naturopathic Doctors are specifically trained in teaching their patients. Traditional medicines can help control the symptoms of these disease, however, they do not “fix” them nor directly address the cause, hence why seeing a Naturopathic Doctor when dealing with a chronic disease is most adventageous.
5. We are advocates of preventative medicine.
The best way to fight a chronic disease is not to have it in the first place. Or more loosely, the best defense is a good offense. Naturopaths can determine your risk for certain diseases, using family and past medical history and physical examination. From this information, we can provide helpful lifestyle suggestions to decrease those risks and increase your overall chance of preventing chronic disease, and in turn your overall health.
If any questions on how a Naturopathic Doctor can help you and your health goals, feel free to book a complimentary 15 minute consultation with Dr. Nicole! She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.maplenaturopath.com for more information!