Top 8 Reasons to See a Naturopathic Doctor
There are several symptoms or diagnoses that could lead you consult with a Naturopathic Doctor. Within our practice, here are the top eight.
1. Your stomach is killing you.
Can’t beat the bloat? Are your IBS symptoms ruining your social life? Having trouble managing your Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis symptoms? In many cases, simple changes to your diet may provide you with a better solution than taking meds to treat your symptoms. As Naturopathic Doctors, we regularly use food as medicine with wonderful results. Also, we perform diagnostic testing not often offered by conventional medicine to determine the root cause of your digestive dilemmas. Determining what bacteria is, or isn’t, living in your gut, and how you are breaking down fats and proteins can often lead to resolution of symptoms for good.
2. Your hormones are out of whack.
Do you have raging PMS symptoms? Are your periods irregular? Are your hot flashes out of control? Conventional medicine does not have many tools to support the body’s hormone production and balance other than birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy. There are many botanical herbs that can dramatically reduce symptoms by improving communication between the brain and ovaries, where many hormones are made. Additionally, making nutritional changes and using food as medicine can improve symptoms even further.
3. You have an autoimmune condition.
When your immune system “goes left,” and starts attacking your body’s naturally healthy cells, an autoimmune condition (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, etc.) is often the result. Conventional Medical Doctors will often prescribe pharmaceuticals, such as steroids and immunosuppressive drugs, to decrease inflammation and prevent further cell damage associated with autoimmune conditions. While many of these prescribed medications may be necessary to manage the condition, we will complement treatment by addressing what may have caused the immune system to “go left” in the first place. A great place to start is your diet. Many foods can contribute, if not cause, the inflammation occurring in your body. The addition of botanicals and other Naturopathic modalities may also help restore balance to put your immune system back “in check.”
4. Your blood pressure is creeping up, or you have type 2 diabetes.
Chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, often can benefit from pharmaceutical medications. However, over time, these medications often lose their efficacy. There are many herbs and nutraceuticals that can help manage these symptoms. We also help our patients make lifestyle changes that reverse and resolve the cause of what started their symptoms in the first place. We spend extra time with our patients to identify the obstacles in their life preventing them from making these changes, resulting in better compliance and results!