The answer to this question is simple. A Naturopathic Doctor is a doctor that listens to you, takes the time to find out what is causing your symptoms, and works with the body to resolve your symptoms – not suppress them.
You may be used to only getting 5-10 minutes with your doctor and feeling rushed.
You may be sick of getting prescription after prescription and never feeling like you are fixing the problem.
You might have told your doctor about your symptoms, and felt like he or she didn’t believe you.
It sounds like you are looking for a Naturopathic Doctor.
Naturopathic Doctors are different than conventional doctors. Some of their training is the same – anatomy, physiology, pathology – but the way they look at the body and health is different.
Naturopathic Doctors see the body as connected. That is, every symptom you are experiencing ties into your other symptoms. You mental, emotional, and physical well-being are all intertwined.
Naturopathic Doctors are different than conventional doctors in that they do not treat symptoms – they treat people. At the end of the day, every person with the same diagnosis did not get there the same way or for the same reasons – and Naturopathic Doctors get that. They do not treat with a one-size fits all approach; every treatment plan is individualized to each person.
Naturopathic doctors seek to answer that question of “why?”
An essential part of being a Naturopathic Doctor is having a comprehensive understanding of how the human body operates, down to its physiology and biochemical processes. This understanding allows us to identify the underlying cause of symptoms, and most importantly, informs how that cause can be fixed.
Naturopathic Doctors want to understand why you have the symptoms you do, and what in your body, environment, mindset, or emotions is leading to them. This is key to be able to resolve your symptoms – not just cover them up with medications.
A Naturopathic Doctor’s goal is to provide the body what it needs to not only recover from disease, but to achieve optimal wellness as well. They select the safest and most effective therapies to work with your body, instead of against it. Naturopathic Doctors take a whole person approach, meaning, all of your symptoms — physical, mental, and emotional — are taken into account and treatment is geared to you as a whole person, instead of towards one symptom in isolation.
Naturopathic Doctors Guide You to Heal
When you visit a Naturopathic Doctor, you can expect to spend a lot more time with him or her than you do with your conventional doctor. You can expect a doctor that listens to you, asks questions, and makes decisions with you, not for you.
Naturopathic Doctors are teachers; they take the time to explain how your body functions, what may be dysfunctional and why, and what your lab results really mean.
Their goal is to empower you to take control over your own health. They teach you strategies, specific to you as an individual, on how to prevent future disease and maintain optimal health. Naturopathic Doctors work with you in a therapeutic doctor-patient relationship will be there with you throughout your health journey.
If you would like guidance on how to improve your health, schedule a free 15 minute phone consult with our Naturopathic Doctors to get started on your health journey.