What is naturopathic medicine anyway?
The roots of naturopathic medicine go back thousands of years, drawing from various healing traditions from all over the world. As a distinct field, naturopathic medicine is over 100 years old. It has ebbed and flowed in popularity, mostly due to the rise of pharmaceutical medicines and a shift in philosophy that diseases could be eliminated solely by drugs and surgery. However, over last few decades there has been a resurgence in popularity and the practice of natural medicine has gotten more attention and interest from the public. Naturopathic medicine is base on the belief that the body has an innate ability to heal. When the obstacles to healing are removed, there is an opportunity for health to be restored. This can be achieved through the appropriate use of natural agents, botanical (herbal) remedies, homeopathic preparations, nutritional therapy, emotional work, and physical medicine. Over the past decades the application of naturopathic medicine has incorporated more modern methods and advanced practices, but still stays true to these core principles.
What can I expect during an initial visit?
An initial naturopathic consultation usually lasts one hour. During your visit we will thoroughly discuss your health concerns. I perform any relevant physical exam, and will either initiate a treatment plan at this time, or will suggest that we gather further information (ex lab testing, medical records etc) if needed.
Are natural treatments contraindicated with other medical treatments?
Yes and No. Although natural remedies generally have fewer side effects than pharmaceutical medication, there can be interactions between some combinations of supplements and medications as well as some supplement-supplement interaction. To this end, it is important that all of your treating providers are aware of what you are taking, including supplements that have been ‘self prescribed’, so that you receive the best quality of care.