What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is the use of food, nutrients, herbs, lifestyle changes, and other natural approaches to support healing and wholeness in the body. A naturopathic doctor is trained to review your full health history in order to determine the root cause of your health concerns. NDs treat the whole person, not just individual symptoms, so expect to spend some time filling out the intake forms beforehand and know that there is plenty of time during your visits to talk about any and all of your concerns.
During a visit you can expect a thorough intake with lots of questions about you and your health history. There may be some physical examination as well, depending on your concerns. This would be things such as checking blood pressure or looking inside your ears, and they are only done with your full consent.
Once the intake portion is complete, you will receive a treatment plan with suggestions to implement and experiment with at home. This can include supplements, diet changes, lifestyle suggestions, and further resources to explore. Your input is welcome here – if something doesn’t feel like a good fit for you, tell us, and we will modify accordingly. The goal is to meet you where you are at and send you home with a plan you feel excited about.
What kind of conditions can be treated with Naturopathic Medicine?
The short answer is: everything! This is because we are treating you, the person, and not your symptoms. Our goal is to bring your body back into balance and optimal health so that whatever symptoms you have can be resolved. This can take time, but it is possible once we understand what your body is trying to tell us it needs.