How Naturopathic Medicine Works
You’ll find all over the internet people claiming this drug or that supplement cures Irritable Bowel Syndrome or cures PMS cramps (or heartburn, or hot flashes, etc. etc.).
It’s not true. There’s no magic cure, be it a drug or a supplement.
The naturopathic approach is not about suppressing your diarrhea with an anti-diarrheal medication or herb, curing constipation with supplemental fiber, or about just taking a probiotic.
Unfortunately, whether we’re talking about IBS or PMS (or really, any health issue in general), there’s a lot more to it.
Approaching IBS/IBD naturally
Fundamentally, IBS is a problem of weak digestion (IBD too, though IBD is more complicated than that). When your gastrointestinal tract is weak, you don’t digest your food properly, absorb your nutrients properly, and/or eliminate normally.
To cure it, we need to not only find the obstacles to cure (such as food sensitivities or “dysbiosis”), but then strengthen digestion so it works right again.
Approaching PMS & menopause naturally
The fundamentals behind PMS and menopausal symptoms involve inflammation, hormone imbalance, and toxicity. Truly curing the problem involves correcting all those things, not just suppressing the pain or the hot flashes with drugs, supplements or exogenous hormones (even bio-identical hormones, which many women mistakenly believe to be natural, but which are in fact synthetic).
Don’t get me wrong — I’m all for herbal pain-relievers as compared to drugs like ibuprofen (and much bigger). However, there’s a better way! We can balance your hormones and improve your nutrition so that you don’t have cramps anymore. Most women with cramps don’t imagine this is even an option, but it is!
Correcting these imbalances necessarily involves changing the lifestyle factors that unfortunately contributed to their development in the first place.
Are You a Candidate for Naturopathic Medicine?
For people who are ready to do some work (because as you’ve gathered by now, my method is beyond just popping a pill), I can help you identify the nutritional program that works best for you, and prescribe herbs, nutrients, and homeopathics that will strengthen your digestive system, your endocrine system, or whichever organ system is weakened, to get it working again.
At its heart, naturopathic medicine is about removing “obstacles” to cure and building health from the inside out, so that your body finds its correct homeodynamic balance. Pharmaceuticals — useful as they can be in crisis medicine or when the patient’s disease is too far progressed — can only suppress symptoms in chronic illness or dysfunction; they’re never going to cure disease or dysfunction because they do not build up health.