Your body is incredibly powerful. When fatigue, cognitive issues, or chronic pain radiate throughout your body, take notice—it’s trying to tell you something.
Acute to chronic physical and psychological symptoms are signals from your body that something is off-balance. Traditional medicine tends to suppress these symptoms, leaving the root cause for your pain and unrest untreated. Naturopathic medicine seeks to identify and remove the source of your discomfort to provide the most effective care with the least risk to your wellbeing.
If you’re curious if naturopathic medicine is right for you, now is the time to learn more about naturopathic services at Neurvana Health in Calgary, Alberta.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is rooted in the belief that physical and psychological symptoms are your body’s way of calling for help. Essentially, your body was created with the ability to heal itself—you spike a fever to kill an infection and rush platelets to the site of an injury to stop bleeding, for example. But when a condition is less obvious than a head cold or scratch, sometimes your body needs some help along the way.
Naturopathy combines centuries’ worth of traditional and natural forms of medicine and self-healing with cutting-edge advancements in modern scientific knowledge. In other words, a naturopath incorporates trusted, proven techniques with the latest updates in medicine to better understand why you’re experiencing certain symptoms and what your body needs to heal.
Who Should See a Naturopathic Doctor?
A licensed naturopathic doctor (ND) is trained to care for a range of symptoms and guide each patient to their healthiest, happiest form. Unlike traditional medicine, naturopathic medicine treats people, not diseases. At Neurvana Health, this people-first mentality allows our staff to address each of your symptoms and translate what your body is trying to tell you.
Naturopathic medicine is a universal solution to health care, but is optimally suited for those who are:
- Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired
- Suffering from a range of symptoms unable to be diagnosed by other medical practitioners
- Living with a chronic or severe condition and seeking less invasive treatment options
- Aiming to minimize the side effects of conventional treatments, like drugs or surgery
- Searching for a comprehensive disease prevention and health promotion program
- Yearning for a safer alternative to traditional medicine
What Can Naturopathic Medicine Do for You?
A naturopathic doctor specializes in identifying and eliminating your individual obstructions to healing, so your body can naturally thrive. However, optimal health looks different for everybody. A naturopathic doctor analyzes your collection of symptoms to unearth what’s off-balance in your body and how to best address it.
For instance, a naturopath may incorporate holistic nutritional therapy, nutraceuticals, and biofeedback to treat cognitive issues stemming from poor gut health. Alternatively, your naturopathic doctor may utilize cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology to treat lasting physical effects of a previous traumatic brain injury.
Naturopathic medicine combines conventional treatments with holistic, non-invasive therapies to benefit those struggling with:
- Sleep disorders
- Digestive health
- Stress and anxiety
- Hormonal imbalance
- Weakened immune system
- Allergies and skin conditions
- Chronic pain, such as fibromyalgia
Frequently Asked Questions
MDs or medical doctors often base their treatment recommendations on how to best suppress symptoms, instead of how to treat the underlying condition. In comparison, NDs base their methodology on a diagnosis or probable cause of a condition. Where MDs aim to silence your body of pain or stress, NDs stop to listen to what your body is saying.
Naturopathic doctors recognize and respect your body’s ability to self-heal. At Neurvana Health, we strive to provide the most effective solution that won’t cause unwanted side effects to ripple throughout unrelated areas of your body. Unlike MDs, NDs at our locations live by the phrase, “Treat the whole person,” and will only advise treatment that accounts for all individual health factors.
Much like a medical doctor, a naturopathic physician receives a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education and more than 1,500 hours of clinical training. A naturopathic doctor must complete a four-year naturopathic medical degree from one of six recognized schools in North America. In addition to the standard medical curriculum, NDs also train in homeopathic and botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, psychology, and counseling.
These studies are followed by 300 hours of observation and 1,200 hours of clinical training. Only after a naturopath completes these hours and passes extensive professional board exams can they officially become licensed.
Homeopathy is a branch of alternative medicine that utilizes minuscule amounts of natural substances, like plants and minerals, to help your body heal itself. Naturopathy is a medical practice that integrates multiple therapies, including homeopathy, to address the source of your symptoms.
Additional therapies at Neurvana Health that are included under naturopathic medicine include: Holistic nutritional therapy, Biofeedback and neurofeedback, Cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology and Nutraceuticals
Discover if Naturopathic Medicine is Right for You
There’s no better time to discover if naturopathic medicine is right for you. Schedule your complimentary 30-minute discovery call with a trained Neurvana Health adviser today to learn more about our naturopathic services in Calgary and Red Deer.
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