Naturopathic Physician Questions Psoriasis

What does naturopathic medicine include?

I have been contemplating switching to naturopathy for my routine health issues (migraine, psoriasis). Would naturopathic medicine be worth a shot? I'm not comfortable using heavy and potentially dangerous prescriptions.

5 Answers

It depends on the state that you are in. If you are contemplating switching to Naturopathic doctor, be sure that they have graduated from an accredited University and passed their state board exams. In some states, Naturopathic doctors are considered primary care doctors and can work with you as a patient with many of your routine health issues.
I think so, but of course, I am biased, having practiced Naturopathic medicine for over 30 years. There are many NDs around, but many different styles of practice and specializations. Also, check in your state to see if NDs are practicing under a state law, otherwise unregulated practice can be inconsistent. For your problems and your interest in using natural approaches, an ND could be a great fit.
Naturopathic medicine includes identifying the underlying cause of your health issues and creating a plan specifically for you. Not all 50 states have a scope of practice for Naturopathic physicians, so depending on where you like the plan created can vary, however naturopathic therapies can include, but not limited to the following: Diet/Nutrition, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, botanical medicine, Chinese herbals, lifestyle counseling, etc.
Naturopathic medicine aims at treating the root cause of illness vs medication that turn off symptoms. There are many causes for migraines from hormones to structural alignment of the neck. In addition, some food(s) may trigger migraines. Consulting with a licensed naturopathic doctor can help you with both migraines and psoriasis.
Naturopathic practice is based on the belief in the body's ability to heal itself. As for myself, my first approach is through nutritional interventions, looking for possible nutritional deficiencies, Myco-toxicities through contaminated foods, intestinal flora imbalances, candida\yeast over growths, etc., then the push towards physical medicine & rehabilitation.