Naturopathic Medicine?

What Is it and how can you benefit from it

Is Naturopathy any good?

Why more and more people are interested in trying in?

Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are trained to perform or order physical exams, laboratory testing, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic analysis, allergy testing, X-ray exams, gynecological exams, and other diagnostic tests. They are the only physicians clinically trained in the application of a wide variety of natural therapeutics. NDs combine and adapt these treatments to the needs of the individual based on a cogent philosophy that treats the whole person, addressing the underlying causes of illness. This treatment ensures the patient is an active participant in making health care decisions. Naturopathic medicine is effective in treating most health problems, both acute and chronic. Some of the therapies* used by NDs are listed here.

Naturopathic medicine is a system that uses natural remedies to help the body heal itself. It embraces many therapies, including herbs, massage, acupuncture, exercise, and nutritional counseling.

Types of treatments

Clinical Nutrition

Application includes dietary recommendations based on presenting symptoms and clinical assessment which may include the utilization of targeted vitamin and nutrient therapy, given orally and/or by IV.

Counseling 

Mental attitudes and emotional states are important elements impacting health. For both prevention and treatment of illness,

Botanical Medicine                 

herbal medicine, botanical medicine is the use of plants as medicine. Many plant substances are powerful, safe, and effective medicines when used proper

Natural Childbirth

Offered by NDs with additional specialty training, these physicians offer prenatal and postnatal care using the most modern diagnostic and treatment techniques.

In short, naturopathic medicine is personalized medicine that does not always lend itself to a strict adherence to treatments based on randomized controlled trials alone. It is essential to test the value of individual treatments, but the actual clinical application is much more complex. (And indeed the clinical application of conventional healthcare follows a similar model: according to a recent article in the British Medical Journal, only 13% of standard tests and treatments are supported by strong evidence.)

Is Naturopathy an EBM?

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is considered the paradigm in conventional healthcare and has been suggested as the methodology for natural medicine. The underlying foundation of EBM is the randomized controlled trial, which is very valuable in evaluating single treatments for individual diseases. There are randomized controlled trials that suggest that naturopathic treatments, such as botanical medicine, nutritional therapies, acupuncture, and physiotherapy are effective at treating some conditions, such as fibromyalgia, migraine headaches, depression, asthma, hypertension, and type II diabetes. While randomized control trials are effective at testing single treatments, they may not be the best paradigm to judge the use of multiple treatments in patients with more than one disorder or disease. For this and other reasons, some scientists have suggested that an evidence-based approach should include not only research evidence, but also clinic expertise and patient preferences (Geyman, 1998). For example, riboflavin, a B vitamin, has been proven in a randomized controlled trial to reduce the frequency and duration of migraine headaches when used for three months. Thus a naturopathic physician will often use riboflavin as part of a treatment plan, while also including other treatments based on clinical expertise. These treatments may include the use of omega-3 fatty acids to decrease inflammation or an elimination diet to identify possible food or chemical triggers. Individual patients will have different triggers-for some it could be MSG, for others it could be wheat. Noting individual responses is part of taking patient preferences into consideration.


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