No. Naturopathic doctors are general practitioners of natural medicine. Depending on a patient’s health needs, a naturopathic doctor may include homeopathy in an individualized treatment plan, but it is only one of many treatment methods NDs are trained to use. Homeopaths are trained solely in homeopathy and do not use other treatment methods.
I enjoy getting to know each person as an individual and hearing their story. I love it when patients give me feedback and tell me all the amazing things that have happened to them since modifying their lifestyle. It’s a joy to have been a part of the process.
To make a diagnosis means to identify a disease, to do that I use multiple tools. First, I listen to the patient. In their story I can hear details about their symptoms, and learn a lot about how they came to find themselves in their current state of health. I also use a physical exam to find the clues that the body is giving us. Finally, some lab results may be warranted. Combining all of this information together helps me make the diagnosis.
As a child I knew I wanted to be a doctor and help people heal. Over the course of my life I saw many instances where conventional medicine could not offer a solution. My parents chose to support our health using natural therapies, and I saw the effectiveness of these methods first hand.
When I discovered naturopathic medicine I was overjoyed to find a profession that spoke to my heart. Naturopathy treats the whole person, body, mind and spirit, and considers balance an important key to health. Being able to look at each person from a holistic point of view and to contribute to their healing journey is what makes me love my job.
Almost all conditions can be treated using natural methods. If a condition cannot be cured, it can most likely be improved. Better health, on some level, can be achieved after seeing a naturopathic doctor.
Conditions that can be treated include, but are not limited to:
Mental/emotional conditions: Anxiety, depression, OCD, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, autism, etc.
Respiratory conditions: Asthma, COPD, pneumonia, respiratory tract infections, sinusitis, etc.
Digestive system dysfunction: Constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis (UC), Chron’s disease, gastritis, Celiac disease, food intolerances, etc.
Immune system dysfunction: Seasonal and food related allergies, autoimmune conditions (rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS), Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Grave’s disease, Scleroderma, etc.)
Skin issues: Ezcema, psoriasis, fungal warts, acne, rosacea, etc.
Uro-genital system dysfunction: PMS, perimenopause, menopausal health concerns (hot flashes, etc.) menstrual irregularities, vaginitis, fertility issues, urinary tract infections, painful periods, prostate issues, etc.
Conditions of the musculo skeletal system: Arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains, strains, athletic injuries, fractures, gout, etc.
Cardiovascular system disease: High cholesterol, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, irregular heartbeat, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, etc.