Integrative Medicine Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect from my first visit with a naturopathic Phoenix doctor?

Posted by Dr. Robin Terranella on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 @ 10:03 AM

Your Phoenix doctor visits need do not need to be a quick in-and-out, symptom-treating experience.  A naturopathic doctor through Southwest Integrative Medicine will take time to identify the root cause of your health issue. These Phoenix Arizona doctors use holistic healing and alternative medicine - like acupuncture - to treat many conditions like:

  • Nutrition and weight loss
  • Thyroid problems
  • Back pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic pain management
  • Cancer treatment
  • Digestive disorders
  • Skin conditions
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Sleep disorders
  • Cold
  • Flu
  • Fatigue

During your first visit with your naturopathic Phoenix doctor, expect them to spend about one and a half hours getting to know you - body, mind, and spirit. Your Phoenix naturopathic doctor will explain how a more deliberate and focused appraoch to natural healing can help with a wide range of issues, from cancer treatment to weight loss and nutrition.

During your first visit they will review with you things like:

  • The history of your present health issue(s)
  • Health review of your bodily systems
  • Past medical history
  • Psychological and social history
  • Contributing environmental exposures
  • Potential genetic predispositions
  • Potential dietary contributors

With this information your naturopathic physician will create a mental map of potential problem areas and ensure that the treatment is tailored to your needs. One of the goals of the first visit is to determine where to focus the treatment. For instance, sometimes it is on nutrition, sometimes on weight loss, other times on a more chronic illness.

Your naturopathic physician will also do a physical exam and may order lab work. Then with all the infomration in hand, a personalized healing plan is created for you. 


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