Today more than ever, the healthcare consumer is learning that they have a choice in who they see as a provider. When choosing your healthcare delivery team, it is important that you take into account the different skills of practitioners, and how they meet your needs. Making sure your priorities and perspective match your provider’s is an important step in the process. Learn about why others choose a naturopathic doctor as their healthcare provider.
To Provide a Different Approach to Health Issues
Many people are dissatisfied with existing healthcare options and want to explore root cause focused, natural approaches. A naturopathic doctor (ND) is a great resource who will be able to advise you on natural treatments that are safe for you, including changes to your diet and lifestyle that can help with individual problems or overall health.
To Integrate Natural Medicine with Conventional Healthcare
Many people who are satisfied with their conventional medical treatments would also like to add evidence-based natural treatments to their regimen. 1 NDs can recommend supplements, dietary changes and other treatments that are safe, in tandem with whatever conventional medication or treatment regimen you are undergoing. 2 Working with a licensed naturopathic physician ensures a provider who is well-versed in drug-herb and drug-nutrient interactions, and that your therapies will not interfere with conventional care.
*In some jurisdictions, ND scope includes prescription medication.
As a Long-Term Solution
Often, people with chronic conditions would rather not be on medications indefinitely. Many patients seek out naturopathic doctors when they want to find a natural, sustainable way to manage their chronic pain conditions, address the root cause of illness and create lifelong health and wellness.
To Stop Problems Where They Begin
NDs view health problems holistically, and work on addressing the root cause of medical issues instead of simply treating the symptoms. 3 NDs will begin their evaluation with a comprehensive patient history, physical examination and assessment. However, their ultimate goal is to teach patients how to be and stay well. 4
How to Choose an ND
When seeking out an ND, the best place to begin is the database of regulated naturopathic doctors in your country. You can search these databases by area in order to find an ND close to you. Graduates from accredited programs are the only naturopathic physicians eligible for licensure in the US and Canada.
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