Health and wellness is an ever changing industry. Different dietary approaches are constantly evolving and the enormous number of supplements available to purchase is growing. The public's knowledge and access to information has also grown rapidly over the last 5 years. Social media has made knowledge more readily available now more than ever. With all of this, some may wonder what benefit there is in investing the time and money to see a naturopath. I think this explosion of available information is a reason in itself. Here are my top five reasons to see a naturopath:
1. To sift through the information.
Perhaps having access to all this information is the very reason it is important to see a naturopath. With so many different diets and supplements available, it can be confusing to work out what is the best for you. A naturopath takes a thorough case history and can make an assessment of your health priorities, before determining the best treatment plan for you.
2. To save you money.
Taking herbs and supplements is expensive. A naturopath can save you money by recommending only those that you really need, and for hopefully the shortest time.
3. To work alongside your GP or other health practitioner.
A good naturopath will communicate and work with your doctor to ensure that natural medicine can be integrated with prescription medicine safely and effectively. A naturopath will be aware of any potential drug and herb or nutrient interactions.
4. Management of prevalent chronic health conditions.
Naturopathic treatment can assist with common conditions faced by many people, such as arthritis, metabolic syndrome, hormonal imbalance, infertility, migraines, skin conditions, allergies, immune dysregulation, mood disorders and insomnia. Naturopathy focuses on the underlying cause of a condition, not just symptom treatment.
5. Prescription of quality supplements.
Most naturopaths have a dispensary containing supplements that have been carefully chosen for both their quality and effectiveness. A lot of them will be 'Practitioner Only Products', meaning you have access to products not available over the counter. A naturopath will also monitor any reactions to supplements prescribed and alter the prescription as necessary.