You and I, we have different menopause journeys.
Your body is unique – it doesn’t work the same as anybody else’s.
For this reason, you need a personalized care plan during menopause that focuses on YOU and Naturopathic medicine can help!
Naturopathic medicine considers the “whole” you. It looks into every aspect of your life and integrates these areas to bring harmony and balance the entire self. Naturopathy listens to your needs and helps you understand what’s going on in your body.
Naturopathic medicine doesn’t see menopause as an illness: instead, it is seen as a transition that the body can adapt with finesse. Naturopathy helped me with my symptoms during menopause and I know it will help you, too! 🙂
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine or naturopathy is a field in healthcare that focuses on preventing diseases and improving health. It uses different methods to encourage your body’s natural healing process.
Naturopathy is highly misunderstood. A lot of people think it’s just an “alternative” to modern medicine and has no scientific basis. However, it actually follows both modern, research-based practices and traditional methods.
The word “naturopathy” was coined in 1892 after natural therapies, based on Hippocrates’ practice, became popular. These natural therapies combined traditional and ancient medicines in different parts of the world.
Naturopathy follows six fundamental principles:
1. The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Nature) – The body has its own inherent self-healing ability. We just have to remove what hinders this system to let the body heal freely.
2. Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam) – Understand the underlying causes of illnesses instead of only eliminating the symptoms.
3. First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere) – Use methods and equipment that lessen side effects and keep the person safe.
4. Doctor as Teacher (Docere) – Naturopaths counsel patients on how to manage their health and encourage them to always choose what is aligned with wellness.
5. Treat the Whole Person – Heal the physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual and environmental aspects of a person’s life.
6. Prevention – Assess medical history, risk factors and present health status to prevent illnesses.
Clark Hansen, notable Naturopathic Medicine Doctor, has good insights about what naturopathic medicine is and how it’s different from conventional medicine. See his video [5:35]
Incredible Benefits of Naturopathic Medicine in Menopause
A lot of changes happen to your body before you even reach perimenopause.
Your body feels the wear and tear of time, and it may work slower than before. On top of this, you experience a lot of hormonal shifts during menopause which rocks your entire body. Internal functions become sluggish and organs such as the brain, ovaries, adrenals, liver, gut and lymph are directly affected by hormone imbalance and soon start to falter.
Naturopathy helps you address all these factors and improves your total well-being through different natural methods. When you achieve positive results, this will spill into all aspects of your life and health.
Naturopathic medicine may not always give you immediate results, but it provides you with life-long benefits, including:
• Reviving body and organ functions
• Streamlining the body to prevent or relieve menopause symptoms
• Reversing common menopause conditions such as adrenal fatigue, vaginal atrophy, weight gain, osteoporosis, heart disease and thyroid problems.
• Slowing down the aging process
• Strengthening immune system to fight bacteria and viruses
Naturopathy enhances your self-awareness. It makes you understand your body and health in a bigger picture. When you are attuned with your body and self, it’s easier to know what your body is trying to communicate. You’ll also understand the root cause of your symptoms better.
Besides all the benefits mentioned above, naturopathy actually changes how we think and rewires our lifestyles. It harmonizes our path to health by including your emotional, psychological and spiritual wellness.
Is a Naturopathic Doctor a Licensed Professional?
A professional who practices naturopathic medicine is called a naturopathic doctor. These professionals get their license as doctor of naturopathy (ND) by completing a four-year naturopathic medicine degree from a college accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education.
Like conventional doctors, they also need to take a licensure exam called the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX). After that, they have to pass state licensure requirements where they intend to practice and participate in a residency program.
Naturopathic Doctors are trained in medical sciences, but they are also taught about nutrition, diet, lifestyle, botanicals, nutrients and counseling.
There are also a few U.S. states that allow Naturopathic Doctors to prescribe pharmaceuticals to their patients. NDs can also diagnose patients like traditional doctors. In the United States, 22 states approve the practice of naturopathic medicine.
Dr. Josh Axe is one of the most celebrated naturopathic doctors today. He shares his journey to natural medicine and why he got interested in it in the first place, watch it here [5:09]:
What to Expect When You Visit a Naturopathic Doctor
The consultation takes a lot longer!
NDs conduct a certain level of assessment which usually lasts for 1 to 2 hours. Prior to visiting an ND, you are also required to observe your own symptoms and write them in assessment sheets.
Your naturopathic doctor will listen to you and understand where you’re coming from. He/she will help go through your medical history, laboratory tests and your menopause symptoms to truly know what’s happening inside your body.
In naturopathy, you are a big part of your plan of care, and you work in partnership with your ND to find solutions. Therefore, every detail or menopause relief is tailored according to your needs and preferences.
There are naturopathic organizations supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), such as the World Naturopathic Federation (WNF) and the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).
To find the nearest Naturopathic Doctor in your area, you can check out AANP’s website.
There used to be a lot of skepticism toward naturopathy, but today, more women are making it part of their menopause relief toolbox. With its holistic approach, it’s a convenient way to target various menopause symptoms in one go. I have many options in my arsenal, but natural practices like this are always at the top of my list.
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