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Naturopathy:Naturopathy, or Naturopathic Medicine, is a form of alternative medicine based on a belief in visitalm, which posits that a special energy called vital energy or vital force guides bodily processes such as metabolism, reproduction, growth, and adaptation. There are 2 areas of focus in naturopathy: one is supporting the body's own healing abilities, and the other is empowering people to make lifestyle changes necessary for the best possible health.
  What should I expect from a visit to a naturopath?

A visit to a naturopathic doctor, or N.D., will be similar to a visit to your family doctor. Your first visit may take more than one hour. The doctor will take a very thorough history, asking about your diet, lifestyle, stress, and environmental exposures. Next, the N.D. will do a physical examination, which may require laboratory tests. In addition to conventional tests, N.D.s may use unique laboratory techniques, such as the Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA). This test allows naturopaths to examine your digestive process, as well as see which nutrients your body is absorbing, among other things.

Naturopathic doctors treat the whole person, which means they consider a variety of factors before they diagnose an illness. An N.D. might look at your mental, emotional, and spiritual state; your diet; your family history; your environment; and your lifestyle before making a diagnosis.

  Some of the more common treatments used by a naturopath include:
  b Nutritional counseling
  b Herbal medicine
  b Homeopathic medicine
  b Acupuncture
  b Hydrotherapy (water therapy)Â -- These therapies include drinking natural spring water, taking baths, alternating hot and cold applications, and water exercise, all of which are thought to stimulate healing and strengthen the immune system.
  b Physical medicine -- This natural approach to healing involves using touch, hot and cold compresses, electric currents, and sound waves to manipulate the muscles, bones, and spine.
  b Detoxification -- This therapy removes toxins from the body by fasting, using enemas, and drinking lots of water.
  b Spirituality -- Personal spiritual development is encouraged as part of an overall health program.
  b Lifestyle and psychological counseling -- An N.D. may use hypnosis, guided imagery, or other counseling methods as part of a treatment plan.

Naturopaths consider patients to be participants in their health care, so you may be asked to make lifestyle changes, such as changing your sleeping, eating, and exercise habits.

Conditions that can be treated: back pain, fatigue, nausea, migraines and other chronic pain concerns, allergies, skin problems, urinary tract infections, immune deficiencies, chronic fatigue, and respiratory conditions (asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, etc.) and many more.

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