Over the past few weeks we have discussed the myths regarding the education and philosophies of naturopathic medicine and the actual practice of naturopathic medicine. This week, we are discussing two myths about patients who seek naturopathic medicine as a part of their wellness plan.
In this post in the series of myths and facts regarding naturopathic medicine we will dispel two main myths about patients who seek naturopathic medicine as an alternative approach or in addition to traditional medicine.
Myth #1 Naturopathic medicine is Only for Wealthy People
Myth #2 Naturopathic Medicine is Only for Hippies
Perhaps it is due to the COVID pandemic, but individuals of all walks of life are looking at ways to prevent illness and seek natural approaches to well-being. They visit an N.D. so that they can work together to identify the underlying root cause of the health condition.
Patients come from all different backgrounds, education, income levels, lifestyle, ages, and health conditions.
For others, the idea of taking a pill on a long-term basis, is less than desirable and they want to explore additional options. Naturopathic doctors are part of a total care team which is devoted to the patient’s entire medical care.
These individuals all have one thing in common: they want to take care of their health in a proactive manner and are open to exploring traditional and non-traditional practices, including naturopathic medicine.
According to the AANMC’s Graduate Success and Compensation Study, the top six conditions that naturopaths treat are:
- Digestive GI disorders
- Women’s Health
- Mental Health/Mind Body Medicine
- Immune Support
These top conditions are often practiced together. Others include Herbal Medicine, Endocrinal Support, and others.
The bottom line is that naturopathic medicine helps improve the health and quality of life of a variety of patients. Over the past several years, more health care providers have naturopathic medicine doctors as part of their practices. Patients benefit from the “total mind and body approach” and are able to be more of an active participant in their medical care.