NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE FAQs
We listed 7 common questions we receive from our patients and answered them in this page. If you want to gain in-depth understanding of what naturopathic medicine is and how NDs work with patients, please visit REALIZE HEALTH. If you have a question that is not answered here and are wondering how we can help you with your specific health concern, please give us a call at 289-521-3888 or click here to book a 15 minute complimentary consultation. We will answer your questions via phone, email or in person.
1. What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) at Healing Tree are primary health care practitioners who focus on family health care. We are trained to identify and remove causes of a disease and treat patients using natural, non-toxic therapies. Our primary goal, as your natural medicine expert, is to not only treat your condition, but also maximize your health.
2. What is the Education of a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic medical colleges are four-year graduate schools with rigorous admissions requirements comparable to other medical schools. The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree is awarded after classroom, clinic and practical study. ND's are trained in medical sciences including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, cardiology, neurology, radiology, minor surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, embryology, pediatrics, psychology, pharmacology, minor surgery, dermatology, and clinical and physical diagnosis. The training also includes extensive study of naturopathic philosophy and therapeutics including therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, manipulative therapy, and counseling.
3. What treatments do Naturopathic Doctors Use?
Naturopathic doctors use methods such as botanical (herbal) medicine, therapeutic nutrition, physiotherapy, craniosacral therapy, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, oriental medicine, counseling, and diet & lifestyle modification. These therapies are generally safer, less toxic, and have fewer side effects than conventional therapies. At Healing Tree, we will use these techniques in individualized treatment programs to help you achieve your unique health goals.
4. Why should I see a Naturopathic Doctor when they sell herbs and vitamins at the Health Food Store?
The multitude of nutritional and botanical supplements available over the counter can be bewildering. Furthermore, it is inappropriate and possibly dangerous to get medical advice from persons not appropriately trained. The Naturopathic doctors at Healing Tree have a comprehensive understanding of physiology, pharmacology, botanical medicine, nutritional biochemistry, and interactions between natural and drug therapies. Without this training, one cannot safely make recommendations about Natural Medicine.
5. Will I have to stop seeing my regular doctor to see a Naturopathic Doctor?
No. Patients see us for primary and adjunctive health care. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with any or all of your other health care providers. You continue to see your other doctors, and we will work together to accomplish integrated, balanced, and individualized care.
6. What is Naturopathic Medicine especially good at treating?
Naturopathic Doctors are trained to provide the best in natural family health care to men, women, and children. We see patients with health problems that include minor ailments to severe chronic conditions and everything in between. Because we treat people, not just body parts, we can help you improve/address issues that fall into many categories including:
Constitutional: Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Weight management, Autoimmune Disease, Fibromyalgia
Psychiatric: Depression, Anxiety, Autism, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD, ADHD)
Ears/Nose/Throat: Ear infections, Tinnitus, Sinusitis, Allergies, Sore Throats, Chronic or Recurrent infections
Cardiovascular: High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Angina, Atherosclerosis, Congestive Heart Failure, Palpitations
Respiratory: Infections, Asthma, Allergies, Emphysema or COPD, Bronchitis
Gastrointestinal: Diarrhea, Constipation, Gas and Bloating, Heartburn (reflux or GERD), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Gallstones, Hepatitis, Colitis, Crohn’s disease, Ulcers, Abdominal pain, Hemorrhoids, Yeast overgrowth, H. pylori infection
Musculoskeletal: Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Osteopenia, Low Back Pain, Neck Pain, Muscle spasms, Tendonitis, Bursitis, Plantar Fascitis, Gout, Fibromyalgia
Dermatologic: Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea, Rashes
Neurological: Headaches, Migraines, Sciatica, Seizures, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons disease
Men’s Health: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), Prostatitis, Erectile Dysfunction, Kidney Stones
Women’s Health: Menopause, Vaginal Infections, Bladder Infections, Interstitial Cystitis, Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), Endometriosis, Fibroids, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
7. Do I have to stop taking my prescription medication?
No. Many patients come to a Naturopathic Doctor because they are concerned about the risk, cost, and side effects of pharmaceuticals. In many cases, there are natural therapies that can decrease the need for prescription medication. In addition, naturopathic doctors can often help reduce unwanted side effects using adjunctive natural therapies. Above all, we want you to reach your health goals safely. Therefore, any changes in a prescription medication regimen must involve collaboration with your other doctors who originally prescribe the medications. When prescription medication is involved, we firmly believe that an integrated, collaborative approach to health care is ideal.