What is Naturopathy

WELLSET GETTING STARTED GUIDE

Everything you need to know about Naturopathic Medicine

Ever wondered “What is Naturopathic Medicine?” or “How can a Naturopathic Practitioner help me?” or even “How can I find a Naturopathic Practitioner near me?” Look no further! This Getting Started Guide is a great place to start.


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NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE OVERVIEW

Naturopathic Doctors treat your health holistically and traditionally



NDs focus on whole-patient wellness and attempt to find the underlying root of a problem, rather than focusing solely on symptomatic treatment. They have attended a four-year naturopathic medical school, are clinically trained, and work in all aspects of family health. Therapies tied into naturopathic medicine include herbal medicine, clinical nutrition, lifestyle counseling, physical medicine, homeopathy, and hydrotherapy.

Naturopathic Doctors acknowledge that every condition has a cause and respects the unique health history of each person. If you want to feel empowered and take an active approach to your health it may be time to visit one of WellSet’s ND practitioners.

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NATUROPATHIC LICENSURE AND SCHOOLING

Naturopathic Doctors train for 4 years at the graduate level


Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) combine the rigors of science with the healing powers of nature. According to the Institute of Natural Medicine, “The main difference between the Naturopathic Doctor’s approach and that of conventionally trained [Allopathic] doctor is that Naturopaths are taught to use methods that build on the extraordinary ability of the body to heal itself.”

Naturopathic doctors complete a 4-year, graduate-level program at an accredited school governed by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. In some jurisdictions, it is required for Naturopathic Physicians to be licensed specifically state by state.  

Traditional naturopathic practitioners also known as “naturopaths,” are trained in programs that vary in length and content and are not accredited by organizations recognized for accreditation purposes by the U.S. Department of Education. Traditional naturopaths are often not eligible for licensing. Many naturopathic coaches or naturopathic nutritionists, for example, employ philosophies that cross over into Naturopathy, but are not licensed Naturopathic Physicians.

Sources: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

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REVÉE “DR. RAY” BARBOUR, ND MS
NATUROPATHIC PRACTITIONER

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WellSet: How can seeing a Naturopathic Practitioner help heal the body and mind?

DR. RAY: One of the main tenets of naturopathic medicine is to treat the whole person. This means honoring the connection between body, mind and soul in management and treatment of disease. For example, a patient with anxiety is not simply prescribed an antidepressant or anxiolytic pill. Instead, we may test to see if food sensitivities, environmental toxins, and digestive dysfunction are contributing to mental symptoms, as well as, create comprehensive/holistic treatments to offer both palliative support and restore proper physiological function.

WELLSET: What can a client typically expect in a session with a Naturopathic Practitioner?

DR. RAY: On average, NDs typically offer longer visit times with patients to facilitate deeper discussion about a patient’s medical history and educate them on healing themselves. A patient can expect at least a 60-minute session in their first appointment, and follow-ups can vary from 30-60 minute duration.

Most patients report they feel more empowered and enlightened after meeting with a naturopathic doctor due to the emphasis on patient-centered care in naturopathy. Many patients also testify feeling relieved, happy, and grateful for finally having a doctor who understands their struggles and willing to collaborate with them as a team.

KRYSTLE ETRI
NATUROPATHIC PRACTITIONER

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WELLSET: WHAT CAN A CLIENT TYPICALLY EXPECT IN A SESSION WITH A NATUROPATHIC PRACTITIONER?

DR. ETRI: The initial session is an in-depth health history where we will gather all information pertinent to your case and determine the appropriate lab testing. Comprehensive lab work ranges from standard blood work (including a full thyroid panel) to speciality testing such as leaky gut, the microbiome, food sensitivities, hormones, adrenal health, neurotransmitters, micronutrient levels and more.  The second session will be a review of all lab work and a treatment protocol tailored uniquely to you –  which may include nutrition and lifestyle modifications, herbal remedies, supplements, homeopathy, IV therapy and more.

WELLSET: HOW DO YOU COMBINE EASTERN AND WESTERN MEDICINE IN YOUR PRACTICE?

DR. ETRI: Naturopathic medicine is an integration of cutting edge science with natural modalities.  We use comprehensive blood work and specialty lab testing to assess the full picture of health.  Each patient’s experience is individualized and treatments lay upon the foundation of getting to the root cause of dis-ease and using natural modalities to bring the body back into balance.  The body has an innate ability to heal itself when the obstacles to cure are removed.

Conditions that Naturophathy can help ease:

Auto Immune Disease, Immunity, Heart Health, Liver Health, Arthritis, Gastritis, Epilepsy, Eye Health