What You May Not Know About Naturopathic Medicine

After reading a great article by fellow naturopathic doctor Talia Marcheggiani, “Destroying Myths About Naturopathic Medicine” I was inspired to put my own spin on some common misconceptions.

Naturopathic Medicine is not scientific. FALSE
There is a growing body of scientific evidence that supports naturopathic therapies. Along with, of course centuries of history proving both safety and efficacy.

Visits to naturopathic doctors are covered under many insurance plans. TRUE
Most insurance carriers offer coverage for naturopathic consultations! Be sure to check what your insurance covers to get the most out of your plan.

Naturopathic doctors are anti-pharmaceutical, anti-surgery and anti-vaccine. FALSE
Naturopathic doctors implement treatment plans that are safe and effective and are well aware of situations that require interventions outside of the naturopathic scope. In my practice, my focus is on providing resources and information as to what the options are (both naturopathic as well as conventional), and supporting patient choices.

Naturopathic Doctors have a minimum of 7 years postsecondary education. TRUE
NDs are highly educated primary care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. I first received my Bachelor degree in Science at Dalhousie University prior to completing the 4 year, full time naturopathic medicine program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.

Naturopathic medicine takes a long time to work and isn’t as effective as conventional drugs. FALSE
Lifestyle changes are often part of a naturopathic plan and do require commitment. Other naturopathic strategies, such as castor oil packs and lemon water, are gentle and supportive and may not be targeted enough to address more severe underlying causes. However, many naturopathic modalities including herbal medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, nutraceuticals, and IV therapy are extremely effective and can produce immediate, lasting results.

Patients need to choose between naturopathic and conventional medicine. FALSE
Numerous studies that show that, when practiced together, naturopathic medicine and conventional medicine achieve better outcomes than conventional medicine alone. Considering the benefits, an integrative approach to healthcare is becoming more & more common.

Naturopathic Doctors understand drug-supplement interactions. TRUE
A naturopathic doctor is a doctor and only makes recommendations after reviewing the details of your health history during the initial consultation. Natural does not always mean safe, especially when combining natural health products with pharmaceuticals. Get expert advice you can trust and avoid interactions between natural health products and medications by consulting with an ND.

Supplements and other naturopathic remedies never cause side effects. FALSE
Supplements, herbal remedies, and homeopathic are potent natural substances that have the potential to cause harm when used inappropriately. Get expert advice you can trust and avoid potential side effects by consulting with an ND.

Naturopathic doctors can treat more than gas and bloating. TRUE
A naturopathic doctor is a highly educated doctor. In my practice, which is a general family practice, I work with people of all ages in the prevention and treatment of anything and everything related to your health; mind, body, and spirit.

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