Finding a good naturopath that is right for you
Do you know your body has a “vital force” that promotes self-healing? Welcome to the world of Naturopathy! Naturopathic treatment is not your everyday treatment. Rather than treating symptoms, it treats the underlying causes of diseases. And rather than using modern medical practices, it uses non-invasive and non-toxic methods. Though the medical value of naturopathy is controversial, its effectiveness is superb. Many patients have benefited from naturopathic treatment. You too can benefit only if you find a good naturopath. Here’s how:
Identify your needs
Naturopathy covers several modalities. Decide which type of treatment suits your needs best. Then look for a naturopath who specialises in that area of health. Naturopathic treatment encompasses botanical medicine (use of plants to prevent or treat disease). Homoeopathic medicine (use of natural substances to stimulate self-healing). And lifestyle counselling (involves advice on how to live a healthier lifestyle).
Determine who you want
In some countries, there’s a difference between “naturopaths” and “naturopathic physicians”. Naturopaths focus on purely alternative therapies. Naturopathic physicians, on the other hand, specialise in conventional medicine. If you prefer alternative medicine, then a naturopath may fit your requirements.
Search the internet
Most countries and states have professional bodies that have directories of naturopaths. Begin your hunt by looking for local practitioners in these directories. Pick out potential candidates with clinics near where you live. Your choice of naturopathic doctor depends on your priorities. For instance, what gender do you prefer your physician to be? Know your priorities before creating your shortlist.
Ask for references
Talk to friends, colleagues or relatives who’ve used naturopaths. People on internet message boards or from your local community can also be of great help. They may have recommendations and tips about which doctor to choose. Ask in health shops and other places offering alternative treatments. These places usually have ties to alternative healthcare providers. They may refer you to the right person. Find out why they are vouching for that physician. Your priorities and those of the person giving referrals should match up.
Look for websites
See if the practitioner you’re investigating has an online presence or is active on social media. If they do, look at the website or social media profile to get a sense of the doctor’s personality and field of expertise. This will give you an idea of how they handle patients and practise medicine before you delve deeper. A great example of this, is Alex Fisher Health.
See if you’re compatible
Arrange a phone call or an office meeting with your prospective naturopath. Introduce yourself and get to know the care provider. Find out how the practitioner makes decisions, how they co-operate with patients, and how often they communicate with patients. Are your beliefs, personalities and approaches to healthcare compatible? If not, look for medical assistance elsewhere.
Look for credentials
Qualifications vary from one regulatory body to another. Therefore, consult your local regulatory body and determine which qualifications you should be seeking. Basically, a naturopath should be a graduate of a naturopathic medical school. Look for professional certification as well. A naturopath should be licensed and be a member of a professional organisation.