a. You want a doctor who will treat all of you, not just your illness.
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained to treat the whole person. This
requires taking the time to listen and understand the genetic,
environmental, and behavioral/lifestyle factors that can affect your
health. At your initial appointment, you’ll spend up to an hour or more
talking with your ND.
b. You want personalized treatment.
NDs understand there is no one-size-fits-all treatment that works for
everybody. After your visit with an ND, you’ll leave the doctor’s office
with a treatment plan uniquely tailored to you, your health status,
your health goals, and your lifestyle.
c. You want to treat the root cause of an illness, not just the symptoms.
Sometimes having trouble sleeping, aches and pains, strange or hard to
treat skin rashes, and indigestion or stomach discomfort are symptoms of
an underlying illness. While these symptoms can be managed, it’s more
important to understand and treat the root cause—which is the focus of
d. You want to actively participate in managing your own health.
An ND will help you learn what your body needs to get well and stay
healthy. Patients have the opportunity to feel empowered and hopeful
when they understand and are actively engaged in managing their own
e. You have chronic pain and don’t want to use pharmaceutical
drugs such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or highly addictive opioids to
manage it forever.
Pain that lasts six months or more is more complex than acute pain and
requires a holistic, long-term approach to manage. NDs are trained to
work with you to determine which combination of therapies will work best
for you to heal or manage your pain safely so that you can resume daily
f. You have tried all conventional medical options for diagnosing and treating a health condition.