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What should I know before I try naturopathic medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is a system of medicine that can treat a wide range of conditions. Naturopathic physicians use therapies such as nutrition, lifestyle changes, dietary supplements, herbal medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, and mind-body medicine to improve overall health and wellness. The primary goal of naturopathic medicine is to diagnose and treat the underlying causes of each individual’s health conditions. Naturopathic physicians can help with chronic conditions, as well as practice preventative medicine. Naturopathic medicine is often part of integrative medicine programs as well, where naturopathic doctors work hand in hand with physicians who practice conventional medicine. Before you try naturopathic medicine, you should be prepared to discuss your health history and ideally send your medical records prior to your visit. You should be prepared to undergo additional diagnostic testing, when appropriate, as well as embark on dietary and lifestyle changes. A good resource for learning more about naturopathic medicine is the website for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Dr. Christopher Maloney, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Since Naturopathic methods vary widely, it is best to know something about your Naturopathic Doctor before you come in. Look at websites and seek personal referrals. Understand the philosophy behind Naturopathic Medicine, which makes a Naturopathic Doctor more likely to seek to treat without pharmaceuticals.

For patients seeking a quick end to symptoms, Naturopathic Medicine may not be ideal. But for those who are looking to find long term solutions with a minimum of medication and are willing to work at making the necessary changes, Naturopathic Medicine can be a very good fit.

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