Pharmaceutical drugs are mostly used to treat chronic disorders, as well as acute illnesses, in the modern-day. While these drugs do offer effective ways to treat several conditions, there are some concerns among people. This includes the risk of side-effects associated with pharmaceutical products. Naturopathy is an alternative treatment option that many are considering, providing a safer approach to treating health conditions.
What Is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a field of alternative medicine that focuses on using natural remedies and treatments for a patient’s diagnosed condition. There are two different types of naturopathic practitioners that patients can see.
A traditional naturopath is usually not licensed and will not be able to provide a medical diagnosis for a condition the patient has developed. A naturopath doctor, on the other hand, will be licensed in the practice of neuropathic treatments. This type of naturopath can provide a diagnosis for the condition, as well as prescribe appropriate natural treatments to the patient.
The idea behind naturopathy is to treat the patient as a “whole person” – the body, spirit, and the patient’s mind are all addressed when a naturopath prescribes a treatment.
When a licensed physician in the field of naturopathy sees a patient, they may sometimes require some lab tests to be conducted. A naturopath ultrasound may be requested if certain conditions are suspected. A naturopath may also request blood tests to be done.
How Naturopathy Helps
The main way that naturopathy helps a patient is by targeting the cause behind the condition that the patient is diagnosed with. This is often different from conventional medicine – where the symptoms are generally addressed. The naturopath will consider why the patient has developed the condition.
Treatments prescribed to a patient by a naturopath will often include more than just natural medicine. An entire health plan will be developed for the patient. There are different factors that the naturopath considers as part of the treatment.
The patient may be provided with complementary medicine. This may include herbal remedies and homeopathy products. Acupuncture is sometimes ordered for the patient too, as this has been shown to yield several benefits in some conditions.
A naturopath will also consider the general lifestyle and health of the patient. This gives the naturopath an opportunity to advise the patient on things like their diet and physical activity level.
The naturopath may provide the patient with a detailed and personalized program that focuses on ensuring they eat healthily and avoid foods that may aggravate the condition they have been diagnosed with. An exercise plan may be provided to complement the diet plan. Stress management also often forms part of a treatment plan prescribed by a naturopath – since stress is known to affect all areas of the whole person.
What Conditions Can Be Treated?
Licensed naturopaths are able to effectively diagnosed and treat several conditions without the need to rely on pharmaceutical drugs. This is due to the specific approach that is taken by a naturopath – which focuses on more than just asking the patient to take a drug.
Some conditions that can be effectively addressed with the help of a naturopath include:
- Digestive issues
- Fertility problems
- Chronic pain symptoms
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Imbalances in hormones
Naturopaths are often also consulted by patients who are obese. Obesity is considered a disease and causes the patient to be at risk for cardiovascular events, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, and other chronic conditions.
A naturopath is skilled in looking at areas of the patient’s lifestyle that is contributing to their condition – which is excessive weight gain in this case. The naturopath can then advise the patient on the areas that need to be addressed and, in turn, offer an effective long-term solution.
Naturopathy Clinic in Toronto
Nature provides several powerful components that help to heal the body and treat many conditions, ranging from a common cold to more serious conditions, such as heart disease. If you feel concerned about the side-effects of conventional medicine and wish to give neuropathic services a try, give our office a call.
We will give you access to a highly trained and licensed naturopathic physician who can assist in the diagnosis and treatment of your conditions. All our naturopathic doctors are skilled in helping patients recover without the need to turn to pharmaceuticals.
Don Valley Health & Wellness – Physiotherapy & Sports Rehabilitation Centre, located on the corner of Pape and Danforth, steps from Withrow Park, provides naturopathic services to those in the Danforth Village, Riverdale and East York areas.