In North America, many people use a naturopath as their primary caregiver. Naturopathy has come a long way as people look for safer methods to live better, healthier lives. In several U.S. states as well as a few Canadian provinces, licensed practitioners can be called naturopathic doctors. Many people just don't want to use conventional drugs anymore. Many drugs have unpleasant side effects and sometimes, in the long run, may actually do more harm. Drugs also may not address the root of the problem. Naturopathy, on the other hand combines various disciplines and tackles the very cause. It can be used on its own or in conjunction with conventional medicine. So why should you consider seeing a naturopath?
1. It's Non-Invasive
Naturopathic doctors work with you to help you restore health by using your own ability to heal yourself by using non-invasive methods. Highly trained professionals, they can use counselling, botanical medicine, nutrition and a change in lifestyle to help you get well. Using these and other methods, there will be little or no side effects.
2. Help In Losing Weight
Weight loss is a huge issue for millions around the world and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. A naturopathic doctor will help you to develop healthier habits using your mind, body and spirit. Sometimes a change in attitude can help give you that push in the right direction. Instead of using yo-yo diets and always being stressed, a healthier, more positive approach with the guidance of a naturopath may be all that's needed to help you lose weight.
3. Hormone Imbalance
The adrenal glands play a major role in how stressed and fatigued we feel. They produce cortisol which helps respond to stress. These glands also produce the hormone adrenaline, which plays a huge role in the fight-or-flight response. An imbalance can have a negative effect on you. It will add to stress and anxiety and also make you feel tired and irritable. Adrenal glands not performing optimally can also lead to thyroid problems. A naturopathic doctor can help remove endotoxins using a combination of safe methods. Problems with your thyroid can lead to weight gain, mood swings and a low libido. It's really important that your adrenal glands function to the best of its ability and naturopathy can help you achieve this.
4. Cardiovascular Health
Though genetics does play a role in whether someone will suffer with heart disease and associated conditions, a person's lifestyle and dietary habits also plays a role, perhaps a bigger role. Using naturopathy as a preventive measure, patients can live better and more fuller lives. This does not mean that they should only seek the help of a naturopath. Obviously, if you have suffered (or will suffer) from a heart attack or associated conditions, you will need to take medication (drugs) to deal with it. However, since naturopathy does advocate disease prevention and a healthier, safer way of dealing with your overall health, one treatment will compliment the other like a hand in a glove.
5. When All Else Fails
Sometimes, there can be something wrong with someone and no matter how many doctors they go to or how many different medications they've tried, nothing worked. As a last straw, they see a naturopath and finally get relief! An example of this would be anxiety. Not the kind that everyone feels (in the same way that someone who is depressed does not necessarily have depression). There are some people that suffer from anxiety which is completely different. This kind of anxiety can come about for no apparent reason. It can mimic several illnesses, but numerous tests come back negative, yet the patient knows something is still wrong. It can even make you dizzy and affect your balance. Nothing ever worked. It might be worth seeing a naturopathic doctor to give your own body its best chance to get better.
Check to see if your insurance will cover you, because sometimes, it is. It depends on your insurance provider. Naturopathic doctors are "thinkers" and they will try to understand what your problem is, because sometimes, it just might not be apparent. They will take their time with you. In some ways, their service is better than conventional doctors. You don't have to wait for one hour and be rushed out after five minutes. We've all had our fair share of this treatment, haven't we?