I have been asked by a few friends, "Why go to a naturopath?" Aren't those naturopaths kinda.. ya know.. fruity or witch doctor-ish?"
I still go to regular M.D.s for issues like strep tests or infections. I still have my regular OB/GYN. There are a lot of advances in western medicine that have saved a lot of lives and there is certainly some great technology that has helped with research and saving lives.
So, why bother with a Homeopath or a Naturopath? Why not just trust what your regular M.D. says?
I have been weeding out things in my life that have not been healthy for me; certain foods, certain habits and certain drugs. Taking a holistic approach to my health also meant opening up to alternative medicines. I found it to be congruent with the lifestyle changes I was already making.
I actually chuckle when I say alternative because so many treatments used by naturopaths are actually treatments that have been used long before western medicine. They use medicines that come from the earth or are closely related to what is found in nature and our body works in tandem with these.
I have also found that I can get more conclusive results with some issues that I couldn't get with a regular doctor. The saliva test I took for my hormones was much more accurate than a blood test. A blood test would have only indicated that I was in normal range and that I was estrogen dominant. The saliva test measured my hormone levels and my DHEA levels. The compounding pharmacist knows just how much progesterone I need and mixes a treatment for my needs, specific for me.
My daughter also had ADD (attention deficit disorder) testing done. When I took her to her pediatrician he said there was no "test" to determine if she was ADD, he just asked her a few questions and determined she was ADD. There was no saliva, no urine, no blood, no nothing to take a physical test. I found that bothersome. The naturopath took a urine test and measured her brain levels. She was above the normal levels in all 13 brain chemicals. Again, a more conclusive test. She is now on a series of natural supplements that will level out these brain chemicals.