Let’s say that you live on a road that has a lot of potholes – and you tend to drive a bit fast. You notice that your car suffers from problems like flat tires and suspension that gets worn-down well before its time.
One way to deal with the problem is simply to replace your tires and suspension and keep on driving just as you have been. In some ways, this is the approach of allopathic or Western medicine. It is designed to use symptoms to diagnose and treat disease. Once the disease is gone, you go on your way.
Another way of dealing with the problem would be to both replace the parts of your car that need fixing and also take the time to figure out why those parts needed to be replaced at all. Perhaps your driving habits or the route you take need to be adjusted so that you don’t end up needing to take your car into the shop again anytime in the near future. This is the path preferred by naturopathic practitioners like Dr. Della at Stellar Health & Wellness.
The Fundamentally Different Approach of Naturopathic Medicine
The typical approach in allopathic medicine is to treat disease or at least the symptoms of disease. A holistic approach to medicine, on the other hand, seeks to prevent disease by treating function. It’s our job as naturopathic doctors (NDs) to educate our patients on behaviors that might be disturbing normal function and provide your body with nutrients or other natural substances to restore optimal function.
When Should You Seek Out a Naturopathic Doctor?
When you feel awful but your medical doctor tells you that everything’s normal.
If you believe that your body has the ability to prevent disease and heal itself given the right conditions.
When you are looking to do more than treat symptoms, and are seeking to fix the root cause of the problems.
Should you seek out naturopathic treatment before or after allopathic treatment? Either! Many people like to rule out the existence of disease and attempt to treat that before coming to see a naturopath. But these different treatment approaches can be explored in either order or even at the same time. Your doctors should tell you if there’s going to be any conflict.