How to Know if Naturopathic Medicine is Right for You?
Seeing a naturopathic doctor can benefit anyone who is determined to take control of their health. Whether you suffer from chronic illness (disease state), or if you feel slight imbalances in your health (imbalanced state), seeing a naturopathic doctor will benefit you greatly.
Naturopathic doctors have a reputation of being the “last resort” to many people – usually after failed attempts with conventional treatment, and realizing the impact nutrition and lifestyle can have on health, many people seek out our care without realizing that they could have been doing this from the start!
The primary goal of naturopathic treatments is to awaken and encourage the body’s natural and innate system of healing by treating the ROOT CAUSE of the complaints.
My belief is that disease doesn’t “just happen “- if you have been diagnosed with hypertension in September doesn’t mean that it started in September. In fact, it takes months to years for a disease to fully develop and can be caused by multiple factors such as poor diet, stress, and lack of exercise (to name a few).
Symptoms are the body’s way to alert us that there is an imbalance and that health needs to be restored. If these signals are ignored then disease is able to flourish. Non-specific symptoms such as:
- chronic headaches
- sleep problems
- weight gain
- trouble with bowel movements
- severe PMS
- joint pain
- weak immune system
are ALL signals that there is something wrong, whether it be leading to high blood pressure, or arthritis. Many of us go through life thinking this stuff is “normal” because it’s been around for so long, yet feeling unhealthy should not be normal!! If these are ignored, 10 years down the line we can be dealing with a bigger problem.
We as a society have been robbed of our ability to detect if our body is out of balance, and we believe that these symptoms are “fixed” by popping a pill to make the symptom go away. It’s time for us to wake up and take control of our health! Naturopathic medicine works BEST when we are treating the “imbalanced” state – the further in to the “disease state” you are, the longer it may take to see results.
The length of time it takes to see good results using naturopathic treatments depends on
- the severity of disease
- the compliance of the patient.
The general rule of thumb is that for however many years one has had a condition, it takes that many months to see great improvements, but the results last a lifetime. So no matter if you have slight digestive issues or have been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, naturopathic medicine as well with your determination and commitment can drastically improve your health!
Written by Dr. Tanya Lee, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine