Choosing A Naturopath: 6 Helpful Tips


Jason Just 2016-08-01 10:00:00

Consulting with a naturopath is a good way to improve your quality of life. If you are interested in treating diseases and illnesses naturally, or if you simply want a better diet and a better lifestyle, you should meet a naturopath to discuss your situation. If you are hoping to truly see positive changes to your health, it’s important to be committed, but also to make sure you are meeting the right naturopath. Here are a few tips to help you choose your naturopath.

1. Search for qualified naturopaths in your area

If you know someone who has already consulted a naturopath, ask them for references. You can also go online to search for naturopaths working in your area. Look for a qualified naturopath with a lot of experience. If you live in Winnipeg, consider visiting Dr. Sean Ceaser.

It’s impossible to see if a naturopath is the right one for you simply by looking at their website. When you have a good feeling about a naturopath, schedule a consultation with them and meet them face to face to learn more about them.

2. See if the naturopath is interested in your well-being

During your first consultation, you will be able to see if the naturopath you are meeting is caring and compassionate. If they are interested in your well-being and in getting to know you, this is a very good sign.

If you feel like a naturopath doesn’t genuinely care about you, if they are not listening to your health concerns or if you feel rushed to leave their office, don’t hesitate to leave and to go meet with another naturopathic doctor.

3. Make sure the naturopath wants to treat the causes of your illness

Naturopathy is all about finding and treating the causes of illnesses, unlike conventional medicine that focuses on treating symptoms. During your consultation, it should be made clear that the naturopath will assess your situation and recommend treatments for the causes of your health issues.

If this isn’t the case, maybe you should search for another naturopath that will be ready to work to determine the causes of your illness. Before going to your naturopath, you may also want to learn more about naturopathic medicine at the University of Minnesota.

4. Choose a knowledgeable naturopath

Naturopathy includes different natural therapies, such as homeopathy, nutritional counseling, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and hydrotherapy. A good naturopath should be able to provide you with an efficient treatment plan that features different therapies.

Make sure your naturopath has received a good training, and is knowledgeable with different natural therapies. Of course, some naturopaths specialize in one or a few therapies, and that might be exactly what you need.

5. Make sure the naturopath knows how to explain what is going on

Choosing a knowledgeable naturopath will not be helpful if they can’t explain you what they are talking about, and if you have no idea why they are recommending a certain treatment. Make sure your naturopath can communicate clearly with you.

If they are preparing some herbal medicine treatment just for you, they should be able to tell you which herbs they are using, and why. If they can’t, maybe you will have seconds thoughts about using that treatment.

6. A good naturopath is not a salesperson

Naturopaths probably all carry some brands of supplements in their office, but their goal should not be to sell you their products. If a naturopath tells you that you have to purchase their supplements because other brands won’t do, you should look for another naturopath.

Maybe health supplements don’t all have the same quality, but you have the right to purchase the supplements you need anywhere you want to. Naturopaths are not salespersons, and should allow you to purchase the brand of supplements you want.

 

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