The best doctors treat chronic health conditions with natural and holistic approaches, and Integrative Medicine as needed. And can help prevent some conditions before they even start!
Naturopathic Medicine has long taken the lead. Functional Medicine has followed, including Naturopathic Physicians as members. Here are some links to practitioners. To learn more out the nature of both, read on.
How they’re the same
Naturopathic and Functional Medicine practitioners are passionate about preventing chronic conditions. At the core are lifestyle changes like whole foods, exercise and mind-body techniques.
Like any doctor, either can also order tests and diagnose. And treat, focusing on natural and holistic approaches.
A Naturopathic and Functional Medicine practitioner may refer patients to specialists as needed. For example, nutritionists, movement therapists, or mind-body instructors.
How they’re different
I’ll leave that explanation to Carrie Louise Daenell, ND, board member of American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Here’s what she has to say.
What inspired me to find out
I healed from chronic pain— without drugs or surgery— using natural and holistic approaches. However, it took a few years. I had to research everything myself, and find help piecemeal.
It all happened before I learned about Naturopathic or Functional Medicine. I could have healed faster— or prevented my condition in the first place— if I’d known sooner!
Find Naturopathic or Functional Medicine help before you need it
Don’t wait for a chronic condition to find health care you can trust. Even if you’re healthy, get started with a Naturopathic or Functional Medicine practitioner now.
If your health funds are limited, go with an intake appointment and consultation. And follow up when you can manage. Meanwhile, take advantage of the free and low-cost health education offered on their websites, blogs, social media and newsletters.
Take my word for it— in a health crisis you won’t have much time or energy for finding the right Naturopathic or Functional Medicine practitioner. And your loved ones may not have a clue where to start looking! Following are a few links to get you started.
Share your experience!
Have you seen a Naturopathic or Functional Medicine Doctor? For disease prevention, or for treatment? How was your experience different from “conventional” doctors you’ve sought help from?
Please keep your comments general. If your experience with any type of practitioner was less than ideal, try to work things out with them directly, as this is not a doctor review blog.