Naturopathic Approach to Women's Medicine
Women’s medicine focuses on the treatment and diagnosis of diseases and conditions that affect women. This includes a range of specialities, such as reproductive health, menopause, Well Woman Exams (including pelvic and breast examination), and sexual health. If you are considering a naturopathic physician for your needs, then it is important to know the difference between a naturopathic approach to women’s medicine and the traditional allopathic approach.
First, naturopaths treat the individual person as a whole, and not a symptom. We understand that symptoms are an indication of an underlying root cause of illness and/or disease. As a result, a naturopathic treatment protocol could include taking natural remedies and doing natural treatments that you may feel are not directly related to your symptoms, but from our perspective, is the true underlying cause. For instance, treating the liver for a woman suffering from menopause, may seem counterintuitive, however, the liver plays a key role in hormonal balance.
Naturopathic doctors are also trained in the principle that the body has the innate ability to heal itself when provided the optimum conditions. As a result, we work to provide the optimum conditions to support your body. Western medicine, however, relies heavily on prescription medications, which often works against the body’s natural mechanisms.
A naturopathic approach will also address preventative care - educating patients on what they need to promote health, maintain health and prevent disease. Preventative care in naturopathic medicine will go beyond standard screenings and focus on whole-body health, which includes diet recommendations, supplementation as needed, cleansing protocols as well as other approaches. For instance, teaching patients about gut health is an important preventative measure for women’s health.
As you can see, a naturopathic approach to Women’s Medicine is far different than a traditional allopathic medicine approach. If you are interested in whole-body medicine, then you will want to visit your local naturopathic physician. At Verde Valley Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Jessica Hayman and Dr. Stephanie Bailey are our local Women’s Medicine specialist and have treated many conditions such as PMS, PCOS, menopausal symptoms, postmenopausal symptoms.
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