The Naturopathic Difference

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If you are like many of us, life may sometimes seem like it is out of control. You are stressed with work issues, it’s hard to find the energy to give adequate time to your family, and some days everything hurts. Maybe you are over-weight but can never find exactly the right diet. You need a pill to sleep, and several cups of coffee to get going in the morning. Do you really want to begin taking more drugs to relieve stress or suppress the pain in your body?

No matter your age, these kinds of chronic issues can plague you. Maybe it’s time you investigated the naturopathic difference. We will outline what Naturopathy is and why it might make a constructive difference in your overall health and well-being.

What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathy or naturopathic medicine is a form of primary health care which combines modern science with a holistic and pro-active approach to preventing disease. Naturopathic physicians believe this approach to medicine supports the natural healing within our bodies. They are required to attend a four year study of naturopathic medicine and are clinically trained to work with patients of all ages from children to seniors.

NaturopathyThe term was first used in the 1880s, and the first naturopathic college was established in the US in 1896. Naturopathy uses western science as a basis for diagnosis and training, but also includes holistic approaches, like nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, massage, and spirituality. Naturopathic physicians believe they can facilitate healing by removing the barriers to health.

Main Tenets of Naturopathy include:

  • Do no harm.
  • If obstacles are removed, the body has its own inherent ability to restore and heal itself.
  • Identify and treat the causes of disease and pain rather than simply suppressing the symptoms with drugs.
  • The doctor educates the patient and encourages them to be responsible for their own health.
  • Treating the whole person takes into account all facets of a person’s life: physical, mental, emotional, genetic, social and environmental.
  • A state of wellness will exist once overall health is maintained.

Specific Ways Naturopathy Could Help You

If you have reached your point of no return when it comes to taking prescription and over the counter drugs for multiple issues, then maybe the naturopathic difference will bring you some relief. Let’s review some common issues and especially those which have not been cured by traditional medicine.

Acid reflux and other digestive problems are another familiar ailment in today’s society. If you have been taking multiple OTC meds and prescription drugs for these uncomfortable situations and still have not experienced relief, a naturopathic physician will look at everything that might be contributing to your distress. Certain foods may be exacerbating this issue, you may be allergic to specific foods, or a poor diet overall may be the culprit.

Being overweight has its own set of more serious problems and diseases. Fad diets, diet pills and starvation have not proved helpful. We are all aware obesity can lead to heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other serious conditions. Naturopathic care seeks to facilitate a lifestyle that will help maintain healthy weight through proper nutrition, exercise and support.

Stress invades everyone’s life at one time or another. Rather than reaching for an anti-depressant or bowing out of life’s daily obligations, you might consider seeking out the naturopathic difference.

If you are recovering from an accident and are wary that you will become addicted to pain medications, naturopathic medicine can offer the counseling, rehabilitation and massage therapy needed for your recovery and all without prescription drugs.

No matter the reason for your chronic pain, ailment, or disease, Naturopathy might provide the answers you are searching for.

Own Your Health

drIf a drug free and non-surgical health care approach is what you are seeking, look no further than Downsview Chiropractic. Their health care professionals like naturopathic physician Dr. Samantha Ristimaki will guide you to a more stable and healthy life.

Contact us today to learn more about the naturopathic difference and begin your journey to a balanced state of wellness.

Dr. Joel Weisberg is the Clinic Director and Principal Doctor at Downsview Chiropractic The difference it makes to a patient when they learn, receive appropriate care, feel cared for, and are empowered to self-manage, is often bigger than the relief they were seeking. Dr. Weisberg is driven to make that difference to people in their pursuit of a life lived well™.