What is Naturopathic Medicine?
The goal of naturopathic medicine is to achieve optimal health by promoting the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Instead of limiting focus to symptom solving, a naturopathic doctor will seek to understand every sphere of a patient’s life from her medical history to her spiritual and social-emotional influences as well as her physical environment. From this holistic point-of-view, the doctor can better understand contributing factors and identify and address the problem’s root cause with the least invasive therapeutic treatment that fits the individual patient’s circumstance.
Naturopathy puts you in the drivers seat and in control of your health by helping you understand the factors that influence your health. Examining your nutritional status, hormonal levels, and general health risk factors, environmental factors, a naturopathic doctor will show you what you need to build up your body’s natural ability to fight illness and disease. Maintaining this focus on prevention greatly reduces the incidence of routine illnesses for most people. The benefits of this approach are immense but they do not appear overnight. It typically takes longer for the body to respond to natural therapies than it might to conventional pharmaceuticals however natural therapies usually do not involve any side effects.
Naturopathic medicine has been trusted for centuries, longer in-fact than conventional medicine. Almost any illness, disease, or condition can be treated and possibly eliminated through natural therapies. The doctors at Southwest Integrative Medicine regularly treat patients for:
- Digestive Disorders
- Cardiovascular Conditions
- Hormonal Conditions
- Immune Conditions
- Metabolic Conditions
- Women's Health
- Conditions Causing Pain
- Neurological Conditions
Some of the naturopathic therapies applied include:
- Nutritional Therapies such as herbs, nutraceuticals, vitamin injections, and IV nutrient therapies
- Physical and Body-Based Therapies such as acupuncture, massage, yoga, breathing, crainiosacral therapy, and physical therapy
- Hormonal Therapies in the form of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)