What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic doctors combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Steeped in traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention. By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic doctors help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. It is the naturopathic doctor’s role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment.
Naturopathic doctors work in private practices, hospitals, clinics and community health centers throughout the United States and Canada. The State of Colorado recently passed the “Naturopathic Doctor Act” beginning January 2014 qualified naturopathic doctors will be registered address your health concerns through laboratory testing and naturopathic diagnosis and treatment.
NDs can provide both individual and family wellness promotion. Among the most common symptoms they address are chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease prevention, menopausal symptoms, adrenal fatigue, cancer prevention, etc.
Your First Visit
A naturopathic doctor will take time with you. During your first appointment, your doctor will take your health history, find out about your diet, stress levels, use of tobacco and alcohol, and discuss why you’re there. Naturopathic doctors keep themselves up-to-date on the latest scientific research and incorporate this evidence into their wellness recommendations. The naturopathic doctor will work with you to set up a customized health management strategy. If necessary, your naturopathic doctor will refer you to other health-care practitioners.
A first visit with a patient may last one to two hours and follow-up visits range from 30 to 60 minutes, although this varies depending on the ND. Naturopathic doctors need sufficient time to ask questions and understand the patient’s health goals. NDs also need time to gather information and teach his or her patients about managing their wellness and optimizing health. Besides taking the time to carefully and fully assess a patient’s root problem, NDs speak and understand the language of conventional medicine. Instead of waiting for a disease to emerge, NDs work to head it off before it happens.