There are three ways our patients use naturopathic care to treat conditions:
- Specific Concern: Many patients first visit a naturopath with a specific ailment which modern medicine has not optimally addressed.
- Natural Choice: People may also by choice or for religious reasons prefer not to use pharmaceutical drugs for primary care.
- Optimize Health: Healthy people who do not feel they are feeling like their best self use naturopathic medicine to optimize health and prevent disease.
Infants who experience eczema after birth, adults suffering from exhaustion keeping up with their careers, elderly people managing arthritis on other ailments related to aging have all worked with a Naturopathic Doctor. Here are some common reasons people turn to Naturopathic Doctors for help:
Digestive Health Concerns
More and more people today are being diagnosed with digestive problems such as Crohn’s disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Others people have adult onset of bowel troubles such as chronic constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas and unexplained abdominal pain. Regardless of the concern, diet can play a role in supporting the gut. Food intolerances, nutritional deficiencies, digestive insufficiency and chronic stress often strongly affect bowel health.
Hormonal imbalances are not merely limited with women going through menopause. Hormones are chemical messengers that coordinate and control functions such as growth, reproduction, sexual characteristics, fluid retention, blood sugar levels energy and metabolism. The most common hormone related concerns are menopause, underactive thyroid, diabetes, PMS and other period problems.
Fatigue and Stress
Pressure in today’s society to keep with a successful career, a healthy family life and social obligations often leaves people feeling fatigued and overwhelmed. Whether you are a person who is dependent upon reaching for a cup of coffee and a sugary snack at 3pm or someone who finds it difficult to muster up the energy to do the tasks of daily living, naturopathic care can help improve your energy and overall well being. It is important to address stress and fatigue before they lead to more chronic health concerns.
Weight Loss & Lifestyle Related Ailments
Obesity is becoming an epidemic in North America and it is associated as a major contributing factor in many diseases. Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, gall stones, gout, osteoarthritis and even certain forms of cancer such a prostate and colon cancer can be linked to lifestyle and diet. Rather than simply attempting a diet, naturopathic care can help ease a patient into sustainable lifestyle changes that will result in lifelong weight and good health.