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      3 Common FAQs About Naturopathic Medicine

      Naturopathic Medicine Seattle WA

      While alternative medicine has become more mainstream in the U.S. over the past decade, if you’re looking for natural treatments to your ailments you may still have lingering questions about how it works and what to expect.

      If you seek healing that supports and balances all aspects of your body while providing the strong medicine you need to start feeling well, natural medicine may be right for you.

      At Water’s Edge Natural Medicine, we want you to feel at ease with whatever treatment plan you choose. Our mission is to provide you with as much information up front so you feel informed and involved. Here are some frequently asked questions about alternative medicine that may help you understand alternative treatments that fall under the “natural” umbrella:

      What is Naturopathic Medicine?

      Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the function of the physician is to support the patient’s body, mind, and behavior in healing itself. Emotional, spiritual, social, and behavioral factors all play a role in the health of an individual, and natural medicine endeavors to incorporate all of these aspects into a tailored treatment plan for each patient.

      Naturopathic medicine includes practices such as acupuncture, herbal and botanical medicine, nutritional therapy, bio-identical hormone therapy, and lifestyle counseling. These methods may be used alone or in conjunction with one another to treat many conditions, including headaches and stress-related illnesses, as well as some chronic diseases.

      Does the Body Control the Mind, or the Mind Control the Body?

      Well, you cannot separate the mind from the body. Consider that the brain is controlled by hormones and, in turn, directs bodily function. Therefore, the state of the brain and mind have immense influence on the health and balance of the other organs and systems of the body. For this reason, a naturopathic physician can help you gain immense relief by encouraging positive thinking, meditation, and calming body practices like yoga, all of which soothe the mind and body, and help prevent the buildup of toxic stress hormones. In short, a naturopathic physician can help you heal both the body and mind, for a happier, more balanced you.

      Can Natural Medicine Work with Western Medicine?

      Yes. A skilled naturopathic physician may use both Eastern and Western, ancient and modern techniques to deliver results, and will never prescribe a treatment or herbal remedy that contraindicates what your other physicians have prescribed. Our physicians conduct in-depth screenings to assess your symptoms and current medical health to ensure that any treatments support your health and current medical regimens. Natural medicine is gentle on the body and blends well with other modalities.

      Ready to learn how naturopathic medicine can help you? Call us at Water’s Edge today. We’re here to help and happy to answer any questions you may have.

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