Are there reasons not to use naturopathy?

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine
If a patient were diagnosed with a serious disease such as cancer or an infection I would not recommend naturopathy alone. Naturopathy utilizes complementary treatments to help the body to heal. These may include exercise, nutrition, herbal remedies, massage and acupuncture.  Naturopaths rarely use conventional medications. For this reason, I might recommend naturopathy to augment conventional treatment but I would not use it alone. 

Naturopathy can be a good complement to your regular medical care. There is no reason that you cannot consult with a naturopathic doctor. If your family physician counsels against it, ask for more information. Be aware that some naturopathic treatments may involve risks that need to be managed carefully. Usually, this would involve interactions between herbal and conventional drug treatments.

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