Naturopathic primary care provides a complete and individualized approach to your healthcare needs. Unlike most traditional medical offices that only schedule 15-30 minutes for a new patient visit, you can expect to spend over an hour with the doctor. This allows time to complete a full detailed history of your concern/s, physical exam and recommendation for lab work. Follow-up appointments are between 30-60 minutes. Most patients are pleased with the time and attention spent. This is essential to figure out the cause of disease and make individualized treatment plan.
Acute care is one of the most important things we do as Naturopaths – if you are ill with a cold or flu, this is the time to support your body! Antibiotics are overprescribed and drug-resistant bugs are becoming more and more prevalent.
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Knowing when to let a fever continue and how to effectively fight infection with natural methods means that we can save you GI problems in the future and avoid drug-resistant bacteria. An illness is also one of the first ways your body tells you that something is amiss. Your Naturopathic doctor can point out why your body became susceptible to infection in the first place and correct the issue before it becomes a bigger problem.
Chronic care is the most common aspect of Naturopathic Medicine. So many of our illnesses and symptoms have been with us for years. The process of unraveling those layers, and getting to the root cause of your complaints is paramount to healing. Many of our patients tell us that they’ve had multiple labs/imaging, all normal, with no explanation of why they don’t feel well. Luckily, Naturopathic doctors have a much deeper understanding of nutrition and non-pharmacologic ways to support normal detoxification and cellular repair. This invariably leads to wellness! In addition to solving your medical mysteries, we can provide screening physicals, yearly labwork, prescription refills (when necessary), and more.
Naturopathic primary care can be used for most medical conditions. Among the most common ailments are allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Although the Naturopathic doctors at Desert Wellness Center are trained to utilize prescription drugs, the emphasis of the care is to use natural healing agents whenever possible. The doctors will provide a treatment plan based on the “Therapeutic Order.” This includes:
- Re-establishing the basis for health
- Stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself
- Strengthen the weak systems
- Correct structural integrity
- Prescribe SPECIFIC natural substances
- Prescribe pharmaceuticals (sparingly) when needed
- At last resort, recommend suppressive therapy or surgery
For more about the philosophy and principles of Naturopathic Medicine, read here.
Naturopathic Primary Care includes lifestyle counseling, nutritional guidance and supplement/herbal recommendations as well as ordering labs, prescription refills and referrals for screening exams such as mammogram and bone density scans. By keeping up to date in literature you can expect the most current recommendations in your treatment plan.
Besides taking the time to carefully and fully assess a patient’s root problem, Naturopathic doctors speak and understand the language of conventional medicine. They can diagnose the way a medical doctor can, yet they bring to the patient a whole new arsenal of treatments and insights. Instead of waiting for a disease to emerge, Naturopathic doctors work hard to prevent disease.
Naturopathic medicine is an invaluable part of the healthcare community (read more here). A number of published research studies demonstrate that Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is cost-effective and may even be a cost-savings due to inexpensive treatments, lower technology interventions, and its emphasis on preventative medicine. The current medical model only addresses your health when you have a disease, when the better option is to prevent the disease in the first place. Disease prevention (not just early detection) involves a mix of nutrition, lifestyle, and management of medical conditions without pharmaceuticals. Naturopathic doctors find and correct the problem before expensive interventions become necessary. Recent studies have shown that more than half of Americans are living with one or more serious, chronic diseases, a majority of which could have been prevented, and that today’s children could be on track to be the first in U.S. history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. Naturopathic medicine is the link that will allow this country to move from Sick-Care to Well-Care. We can help you take charge of your health!
For more information about Naturopathic Medicine check out the American Academy of Naturopathic Physicians
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