5 Reasons to Consider a Naturopathic Doctor

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Imagine having a doctor who spends plenty of time during each office visit getting to know you and your health concerns. And then imagine that same doctor creating a care plan that's completely customized just for you, using natural and alternative therapies in addition to more traditional care options, all geared toward helping you live your healthiest life. Sound good? Then a naturopathic health care provider could be just what you're looking for. Here are five reasons you should consider a naturopathic doctor when you're looking for your next health care provider.

Naturopathic doctors help your body heal itself

Naturopathic doctors understand the complex processes involved in both illnesses and healing. They use that understanding to provide care that supports your body’s own ability to heal itself so you can avoid more aggressive treatment options, including many potentially harmful medications. They also take a holistic approach to care, which means that instead of treating specific symptoms or even specific diseases, they look at your whole health to develop treatment plans focused on correcting underlying problems that can cause disease and illness. So if, for instance, you have migraines, your care won’t solely be about relieving your current symptoms; instead, a naturopathic doctor will work on relieving your symptoms while also correcting the underlying issues that trigger your headaches in the first place.

They offer an array of treatment options

Doctors who focus on naturopathic care have a wide array of options to help you feel better and lead a healthier life. While a traditional doctor is focused primarily on medications and surgical interventions, naturopathic doctors draw from a wide arsenal of treatment options that have been used for centuries to treat and prevent diseases. These options include chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, acupuncture, nutrition, herbalism, and lifestyle changes to help you stay healthy without resorting to potentially harmful chemicals or invasive treatments. 

They let you play an active role in your care

Naturopathic doctors love it when patients ask questions, and they especially love it when patients want to play a proactive role in staying healthy and managing disease. They know that an informed and inquisitive patient is more likely to take important steps to maintain good health, which is a win-win for both the doctor and the patient. Plus, because they focus on providing holistic care based on each patient's unique needs, they spend a lot of time getting to know their patients, which means you'll never feel rushed and you'll never feel like you're "just another patient." Naturopathic doctors typically aren't governed by the restrictions imposed by insurance companies and "economic models of care," which means they're also not hampered by pressure to limit each patient encounter to just a 10- or 15-minute visit. 

They focus on prevention

While traditional doctors are more focused on treating diseases and chronic conditions once you have them, naturopathic doctors are very focused on helping you stay healthy so you can prevent acute illnesses and chronic diseases. Naturopathic doctors provide you with individualized care and lifestyle guidance to help you optimize your body’s health at every age and every stage of life. They understand the link between nutritional deficiencies and many acute and chronic health problems. Plus, they work as detectives to identify other factors that could be affecting your overall health and wellness, including exposure to environmental toxins, sleep problems, and other issues. In short, instead of simply treating your symptoms, they ask why you’re having those symptoms, then seek to correct those underlying causes.

Naturopathic care can be much more cost-effective

Because naturopathic doctors focus on more natural and alternative remedies like dietary changes, exercise, supplements, and acupuncture, your out-of-pocket costs can be much lower compared to the cost of seeing a “traditional” doctor who prescribes drugs and surgery. This is especially true if you have a chronic condition for which drugs or other treatments may be prescribed for years. Instead of relying on a “drugs-first” approach to care, a naturopathic doctor begins with natural options focused on optimizing your whole health to stimulate natural healing. Another advantage: You don’t have to worry about side effects or dangerous drug interactions that often go hand in hand with many medications.

Get the care your body deserves

Feeling better at every age means staying "tuned in" to your body's evolving needs. At Arbor Vitae Wellness, Dr. Magdy Guirguis works closely with every patient to develop treatment plans focused on each person's unique health and wellness needs for optimal health now and in the future. To learn more about the naturopathic treatment options that can help you stay healthy, book your appointment online today.

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