Naturopathic Medicine and Aging
While aging is a natural process. There is no reason to accept some of the common signs of aging if there might be solutions available. Some individuals may feel frustrated by insecurities surrounding wrinkles. While others feel tired of their hormonal changes. But we can address these and many other concerns through naturopathic remedies.
Here is how naturopathic medicine can help with aging. And why it is worth looking into if traditional medicine doesn’t always address your specific concerns.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is an alternative method of healthcare that works to promote the body’s naturally occurring healing process. Rather than working in opposition to it like many traditional treatments do.
Naturopathic physiciansare qualified, practicing doctors. Who receive a lot of the same training as MDs as well as specific, naturopathic instruction.
While a lot of naturopathic medicine happens at clinics. And dedicated practices, a lot of it is also seen applied in medical spas. Where the more aesthetic remedies (injectables, skincare, etc.) are often offered.
Importance of Naturopathic Medicine
It is important to note that while many are wary of naturopathic medicine as a sort of “pseudoscience.” Truly certified physicians are board-certified and committed to genuinely healing you and your situation.
That said, it’s important to make sure your physician is qualified. Since many doctors practice as “unlicensed naturopaths.” And, unfortunately, lead to malpractice that can do more harm than good for the patient.
Addressing Which Elements of Aging Can to Naturopathic Medicine
All that said, there are many different signs and frustrations caused by aging that naturopathic medicine can address.
Whether you are looking for more intense results that like injectables (Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, etc.). Or more subtle results prompted by treatments like red light therapy. Skin concerns are widely addressed by naturopathic physicians.
In terms of aging specifically, there are many different methods to control things like
- Sun damage Other stubborn conditions
That might have you feeling insecure.
One of the most frustrating parts of aging for both men and women is the sudden hormonal changes that tend to occur.
For women, this is especially aggravated by menopause. For men, low testosterone levels can make mood, energy, sex drive, and other important functions take a dive.
Many naturopathic physicians will offer bioidentical hormone therapy. Or recommend lifestyle changes to help address and correct this hormonal imbalance, helping you make the most out of life.
While naturopathic physicians offer a range of different treatments and remedies. They are also known for being experts on adjusting your lifestyle in a sustainable way to naturally boost the results you are looking for.
For many, this could relate to things like diet and exercise. Two areas that are going to be different for each unique individual. Having an expert opinion can help you make sure you are doing everything in your control to maintain a healthy, vibrant lifestyle.
How Can You Find the Right Physician?
The most important thing to understand. Is that different people will have chemistry with different practices and physicians. So it’s always important to research the options in your area and schedule some free consultations before jumping into anything.
Like with any doctor, though, there are definitely some things that you should look for as well as some things that you should avoid.
● Consistently good reviews
Like with any venture or practice. It’s always good to take a peek at the reviews posted on platforms like Google or Yelp to see what previous clients have to say. A solid amount of good reviews is typically a good sign.
● In-depth consultations
You really want to make sure your physician understands you and your situation. So someone who sits down with you and really digs into your circumstances will always do a better job than someone who has you in and out the door.
● They specialize in your needs
While most naturopathic doctors perform a range of services. Many will also have particular focuses and specialties. If you are looking for help with injectables, for instance, a practice with a solid focus in this is likely a good pick.
● A revolving door of staff members
This not only implies that there may be some concerning reasons that the practice fails. To retain staff members but also means that you won’t have a chance to really develop a relationship with your physician.
● Physicians aren’t certified
Some naturopathic physicians will use that title without having had any formal education. True naturopathic physicians require just as intensive training as MDs. And they are typically more than happy to prove their credentials when asked.
● One-size-fits-all plans
Everyone is unique, and as a result, everyone’s body will heal in its own way. And require individualized treatment plans. Practices that offer set plans for every customer likely aren’t prioritizing you personally and giving you the best care.
Aging is a natural part of life, but that doesn’t mean that you have to accept every part of it without any chance at improving your situation.
Whether you are looking to address wrinkles, hormonal concerns or any other range of physical side effects of the natural aging process. finding the right naturopathic physician could be the answer you’re looking for.
For more great content to help with your or a loved one’s aging process, be sure to keep up with our other regular posts! Also, check out this great post on thinning skin.
About the Autor
Katherine (Tori) Lutz is a graduate from Florida State University and current student at Columbia University. Professionally, she has a great deal of experience in freelance writing, editing, marketing, and social media management. She is currently living in Brooklyn, NY and is an aspiring journalist.