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Have You Ever Seen a Naturopath?

In college, I was something of a hippie and really into using natural remedies. So when I was having asthma issues, I decided to see a naturopath. She took a holistic approach in diagnosing and fixing my problem because she wasn't interested in just curing my symptoms, she wanted to get to the root of what was causing them. Ultimately, it didn't help me.

But I am curious about you . . .


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VC VC 9 years
Naturopathy can help so many conditions. I have yet to visit one myself but have been learning about it online. Here are two good articles on naturopathy
hcrummer hcrummer 9 years
Naturopathic doctors go to a 4 year medical school just like any other doctor. Additionally, naturopathy and TCM are taught at traditional medical schools, just not in as much depth. The problem, I think, is that there are people "practicing" who haven't been licensed by an accredited school. Also I think people get put off by the term alternative, which is a shame. This is not unproven hocus-pocus, its science and for people without insurance, its cheaper.
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
I have never been but I look at it this way. For THOUSANDS of years - that's all there were, Naturopaths! Think about it. The generations of people before the invention of "penicillin" knew what plants were beneficial and which could cure/alleviate problems. I don't nix new discoveries ... and I eat/drink foods with preservatives and stuff in it ... but ultimately, I hate all the chemicals we're putting into our bodies. (I am a firm believer that cancer wasn't around hardly at all before all the chemicals were introduced into our diets and lives.)
Gunnr Gunnr 9 years
I have never been, but I have nothing against natural medicine. It seems like a better alternative when most medicines can have side effects worse than the original ailment.
Namtaro Namtaro 9 years
My GP actually referred me to a naturopath when the only diagnosis for my tummy problems was IBS. In the end, my naturopath (a former ICU nurse) cured me. And, because I have a science background, I was able to evaluate my naturopath's advice. I am grateful my GP was so open-minded to so-called alternative medicine. Medicine is medicine - period.
magickalrealism magickalrealism 9 years
My one time at a naturopath wasn't helpful, although the naturopathic philosophy is exactly what I want in my healing professional. I suspect a different naturopath, however, would have produced different results.
designergirl designergirl 9 years
Tried it once, didn't work for me.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 9 years
Sorry guys, not to insult anyone else, but I think it's all a bunch of phooey. I'm sure some of the remedies can help ease pains and small problems, but for serious health issues, I will not put my life on a bunch of herbs and stuff. I, like lostbronte, only trust scientifically proven cures, not maybe/couldbe/sorta cures.
starl3tte starl3tte 9 years
I started seeing an ND/LAc about two years ago, and she completely changed my life around, especially in terms of my digestive health. I was so inspired by her that I re-focused my career goals and worked my bum off in school. It's such a coincidence that this topic is being brought up, because I actually have an interview with Bastyr University (to get into their ND program) coming up in mid-February! =D
pequeña pequeña 9 years
My aunt always uses alternative, natural methods. She doesn't believe in traditional medicine. I think she takes it too far sometimes and refuses to take some medicines when she really needs them just because they aren't "natural" and she can't take anything synthetic unless her naturopath tells her is absolutely and strictly necessary. Sometimes, though, she recommends me some natural remedies that are great and work better than the traditional medicine. I think the best thing to do is to mix a little of both methods.
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
Whenever my doctor perscibes me pills (like antibiotics when i'm ill), she always suggests an alternative, 'natural' way of getting better, like the traditional medicine they used before there were antibiotics and all sorts of synthetic drugs we have today. Most of the remedies work just as well as the synthetic drugs, except they do take much longer to work. Whenever I 'have time' to be ill, i prefer to go the natural way...
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
sundaygreen, what?!?!? I'm interested in how you got better. I have ulcerative colitis(inflammation, ulcers, open sores in my intestines and colon), and it really sucks. I was on a whole arsenal of natural pills such as vitamins, probiotics, and I can't even remember what else. If anything, it made my colitis worse. Now I'm down to just three pills a day. I used to take Asacol(did NOT work, also 12 pills a day!) which was prescribed by my Doc. Now I am on Lialda(a longer lasting pill similar to Asacol) which is so much better. BUT, I am not how I should be because I'm still sick. Very often. :-(
fireannach fireannach 9 years
I've never been to one but Santa Cruz, where I live, is full of them! I definitely see the value in taking a natural holistic approach to health, but I also think a lot of the people who practice these things don't really know what they're doing and can cause a lot of harm to people, too. People assume because something is natural, it's safe, and that's just not the case. I also don't care for people who push their "spirituality" either - I'm open-minded but I expect my beliefs to be respected when I'm being treated by somebody.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 9 years
i go to a regular GP for temporary things like colds / flu / if i hurt myself, but i see a holistic doctor for long standing ailments like sinus problems or a spastic colon (which he totally cured me of!). i believe in the best of both worlds.
usernamelisa usernamelisa 9 years
lostbronte: do you believe in "western medicine and the scientific method" without leaving room for integrating other systems? why and what caused you to believe this?
lostbronte lostbronte 9 years
nope, i believe in western medicine & the scientific method
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
No, I don't believe my insurance covers Naturopaths so until then. I do however take Bach's Remedy's which are naturo.
usernamelisa usernamelisa 9 years
I'm sad that it didn't help you ultimately, and i strongly encourage seeing another holistic health professional. i know lots of people who have had eye-opening and meaningful experiences with naturopaths, energy workers, and so on. i'm going to set up my first appointment next month! i hope it works out better next time!
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Yup! I do a mixture of both. i have a regular medical doctor who supports my naturopathic doctor and vice versa. i also receive acupuncture and take an unbelievable amount of vitamins. I have the best of both worlds when it comes to my doctors.
backnskinnyjeans backnskinnyjeans 9 years
I made the switch to a naturopathic doctor 7 years ago, and it was the best decision I EVER made. The cool thing is that more & more states are now certifying naturopths educated from accredited universities as general practitioners. CA is on of them, and my naturopath doc rocks!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I saw a naturopath when I was a kid because my sister and I both got some strange reactions to foods and my mom wanted to make sure we weren't allergic to anything (like peanuts or shellfish). She did an allergy/sensitivity screening and we found out that my sister was allergic to Red #40 (artificial color) and I was sensitive to peanuts (they make my face itch a little). She also did some stuff with acupressure. I remember her taping little beads on my ears in certain spots to prevent illness.
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