Naturopathic healing is a system of health care that focuses on the maintenance and restoration of health through the use of natural therapies and treatments. This distinctly natural approach to health and healing recognizes the integrity of the whole person by supporting the body's inherent ability to heal acute and chronic conditions of all kinds.
Naturopaths are providers whose diverse skills include modern and traditional techniques that can be used exclusively or to complement treatments provided by conventionally trained medical doctors.
- What should I bring to my first appointment?
Please bring all recent medical records, including lab work, test results, x-rays, scans, and any other information relevant to your condition.
If you have downloaded our Patient Intake Form, or received it by mail, please fill it out completely and bring it with you to your first appointment.
If you have not received the Patient Intake Form, please arrive approximately 20 minutes prior to your appointment, so that you will have ample time to fill it out prior to seeing your doctor.
- What is integrative medicine?
Integrative medicine combines or “integrates” the best that allopathic or conventional medicine has to offer, with the best that alternative disciplines have to offer, all directed at the identification of the “source” of illness or disease, and the resultant treatment of it. Integrative medicine focuses on treating the cause of a disorder as opposed to just treating the symptoms.
- How do I schedule an initial appointment at Natural Horizons?
Natural Horizons’ highly trained medical and administrative staff is ready to help you. Simply call us to schedule a convenient time for your initial appointment. Our business hours are:
Monday – Friday: 8AM until 5PM
Saturday: 9AM until 12 Noon on most Saturdays
• Toll Free: (877) 292-1571
• Fax: (703) 267-6977
• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- How do I find out if I have allergies?
An allergic reaction is an abnormal reaction of the immune system resulting in many symptoms that can include a rash, hives, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, a runny nose, itchiness and diarrhea. It can also lead to chronic illness.
To determine if an allergy to a substance (allergen) exists, there are several tests that are recommended. A provocation test injects a potential allergen under the skin to see if a skin reaction (red welt) occurs. A positive test indicates an allergy to that particular substance. Another test combines a person’s blood serum with the potential allergen in a test tube. A cloudy reaction demonstrates an allergic reaction to that substance.
Finally, muscle testing (ART) may suggest possible allergies or sensitivities by a weakened muscle response, upon the body’s exposure to the substance in question. Determining allergies is important to direct one’s nutrition; to uncover an underlying cause of illness, to assist in detoxification and to direct therapy. Allergy elimination (AET) is a critical therapy in treating chronic illness.
- What should I expect at my first appointment?
In most cases, one doctor will perform your initial intake. After the doctor has seen you, he/she may refer you to another doctor for additional intake and/or testing, or begin the therapy indicated by the diagnostic testing.
Your initial appointment should take between one and two hours. At the conclusion of your initial appointment, the doctor will devise a treatment plan and will go over it in detail with you.
The following principles are the foundation for the practice of naturopathic healing:
Respect the Healing Power of Nature
Naturopaths work from the premise that the body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health in a well-ordered and intelligent way. The naturopath's role is to facilitate and augment this process, to identify and remove obstacles to health recovery, and to support the creation of a healthy internal and external environment.
Identify and Treat the Causes
Every illness has underlying causes, which may be related to physical, mental-emotional, and/or spiritual imbalances. Symptoms are expressions of the body's attempt to heal. Rather than merely treating symptoms, the naturopath seeks to determine the fundamental underlying causes of illness and directs treatment at those areas to increase the potential for an individual's full recovery from an illness.
First, Do No Harm
Naturopaths use methods and therapeutic substances that minimize the risk of harmful effects, applying the least possible force of intervention necessary to restore health.
Empower the Patient
Naturopaths aim to educate their patients and encourage them to take responsibility for their own health. By working to create a caring and sensitive interpersonal relationship with the patient, the naturopath acts as a catalyst for healthful change, empowering and motivating patients to become actively engaged in their process of recovery.
Treat the Whole Person
Health and disease result from a complex interaction of physical, emotional, dietary, genetic, environmental, lifestyle and other factors. Naturopaths treat the whole person by taking all of those factors into account. The harmonious functioning of all aspects of the individual is essential to recovery from and prevention of disease. Achieving this balance requires a personalized and comprehensive approach to assessment and treatment.
The ultimate goal of any health care system should be prevention of illness and disease. The naturopath assesses risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and makes appropriate interventions to avoid further harm and risk to the patient. The emphasis is on building health rather than just fighting disease.
Your Typical First Visit with a Naturopath
During an initial 90-minute consultation, health concerns, wellness goals, past medical history, and lifestyle habits are discussed. An in-depth history is important to understanding the physical, emotional and spiritual factors that may be affecting health and well-being. Non-invasive physical exams or laboratory tests considered pertinent to the development of an appropriate treatment plan may be performed or recommended. Finally, a wellness plan aimed at addressing the specific needs of the individual is created. Follow-up consultations to monitor progress should be anticipated. Referrals to other health care providers are also common.
Conditions Treatable via Naturopathic Healing
Acute expressions of imbalance, such as infections of the ears, nose, throat, skin, bladder (to name a few) can be successfully addressed by naturopathic approaches. Naturopathic methods can also effectively prevent, relieve or reverse the effects of chronic or degenerative expressions of imbalances such as constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, gastric reflux disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, allergies, chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, and many others.
Naturopathy is for EVERYONE
Whether you suffer from chronic ailments, or are basically healthy and just want to experience the peak of your health potential, naturopathic healthcare can help you. As more people become aware that traditional medicine tends to treat symptoms vs. causes, more people are seeking the help of naturopathic physicians. Many parents are also turning to naturopaths for drugless healthcare for their children and themselves.
- Anyone seeking a more natural, holistic approach to healing
- Anyone that is more interested in eliminating causes vs. just symptoms.
- Anyone interested in maintaining optimal health and preventive health measures.
Schedule an Appointment
To arrange for a visit with a naturopath, or to learn more about naturopathic healthcare, contact Natural Horizons Wellness Centers at 1-877-292-1571.