I often struggle in explaining what Naturopathic medicine is. And so I thought I would list the top 5 rules naturopaths do not typically practice by . . .
- It is not: “I either take the mainstream medicine route or the ‘natural’/’alternative route'” (ND’s practice integrative medicine, and so our goal being your well-being, it is often necessary to have a team of healthcare practitioners working together to achieve that goal)
- It is not going to address your symptoms one by one with a preset protocol (Naturopathic Medicine being an art and practice of individualized medicine will take your unique set of signs & symptoms and disease state to offer a unique treatment as required to remove obstacles to healing and provide your body with the required building blocks to health)
- It is not a magic bullet or a quick fix by any means (if it has taken you years to come to this point of unbalance or dis-ease, you need to be patient with your body through its healing process; true healing is a gentle and gradual process)
- It is not: “Doctor, where do you stick the acupuncture needles for anxiety? And can you do a couple for my muscle pain as well?” (this one I will clarify: acupuncture treatments address the whole body so when you receive an acupuncture treatment from a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner or a Naturopath (as opposed to a Chiropractor* or Physiotherapist*) you’re going to have it ALL addressed).
- It is not: going to cause tension, anxiety, be uncomfortable or result in undesirable side-effects (I practice by the Naturopathic oath of “First, do no harm” and so if a complete dietary overhaul produces much apprehension, we will work to make gradual and seamless changes).
Hope you find this list helpful. If you’ve been wondering what Naturopaths do and what you can expect from a Naturopathic treatment, the best way to learn what we’re all about is to see one!
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Yours In Health,
Dr. Negin, ND