WHAT IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE?
Naturopathic medicine is a system of medicine focused on diagnosing and treating the root cause of disease by focusing on the individual and taking into account the whole person (body, mind, spirit). Naturopathic doctors (also called naturopaths or NDs) are medically trained to be primary care providers, but with a natural focus. As such, they are familiar with standard treatment approaches but they tend to focus more on supporting the body to heal itself by ensuring appropriate diet, lifestyle and nutritional supplementation, as well as recommending herbs. They are also trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and homeopathy.
Naturopathic medicine is evidence-based medicine, taking into account the best available clinical evidence in addition to the clinician’s experience and the patient’s values and expectations.
WHAT DO NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS DO?
Naturopathic Doctors spend time with their patients, getting to know them and their health concerns and goals. When appropriate, they order blood work and other testing to come to an individualized diagnosis for each patient. From there, treatment follows and is highly individualized depending on the patient’s preferences and resources, and depending on the condition and how it is affecting the patient.Treatment often includes dietary and lifestyle changes, personalized nutritional supplementation, herbal medicines, acupuncture, and/or homeopathic remedies.
WHEN SHOULD I SEE A NATUROPATH?
Naturopathic Doctors are trained as general practitioners and so can help with anything from the common cold to serious, chronic conditions. They are able to do regular physical exams and screening blood work, but they’re also trained to delve deeply into difficult cases when all other routes seem exhausted. Patients of all ages are welcome. Dr. Helferty has a special focus on digestive concerns, hormonal imbalances and mental illnesses.
WHAT DOES A NATUROPATH TREAT?
Some of the most common reasons for seeking naturopathic care include:
Digestive concerns (e.g. gas, bloating, IBS, IBD, indigestion, heartburn)
Hormonal imbalances (e.g. PMS, irregular cycles, PCOS, hair growth, hair loss, menopausal symptoms, thyroid concerns)
Mood imbalances (e.g. depression, anxiety)
Headaches (e.g. tension headaches, migraines)
Chronic pain, inflammation
Allergies, food sensitivities (blood work)
Skin concerns (e.g. eczema, acne, rashes)