Naturopathic What to Expect When You See a Naturopath

What to Expect When You See a Naturopath

  1. You can expect to be in a clinic room that does not look like your MD’s exam room. Perhaps you’re used to sitting on an exam table the whole time. Perhaps you’re constantly ripping that noisy, crinkly paper. You know what I’m talking about. At a naturopathic office, you will be sitting in a comfortable chair, across from the ND. You can keep your shoes and socks on for the majority of the visit. You may also see paintings on the wall, plants, and maybe even an essential oil diffuser. Anyway you slice it; an ND’s office will be a reflection of the ND
  1. You can expect a longer appointment visit. Most ND’s have initial visits ranging from 60 to 90 minutes. My initial adult appointment is 90 minutes long 
  1. You can expect to talk. A LOT. How often do you get to share your entire health story? Not that often, I bet. Your ND will listen to your entire chief concern. They’ll ask you when the issue started, what was going on in your life when it started, what you’ve tried on your own to fix the problem, what has helped, what has made it worse etc
  1. You’re going to be asked questions that seem like they’re unrelated to your initial concern. You came in with acne, I’m going to ask about your bowel movements. You come in because you want to lose weight, I’m going to ask about your sleep habits. Your ND will explain how these seemingly unrelated systems are intimately connected
  1. You’re going to have at least a partial physical exam. If you come in with recurrent ear infections, I’ll look in your ears. If you come in for weight loss, I’m going to measure your body fat percentage. Dizziness? I’ll grab my blood pressure cuff
  1. You’re going to be given a personalized treatment plan. And it will be fully explained to you. Why you’re taking what you’re taking, why this dose, why this diet change, how long should you expect to be on this treatment plan before you see results, are there side effects, are there any alternatives
  1. You may need additional lab work – food sensitivity testing, hormone testing, salivary cortisol testing, thyroid function tests, vitamin D levels, complete blood counts, and so much more. These tests have additional costs. If you’ve never paid for lab work, you’re totally missing out on valuable information about your body
  1. You should have follow-up visits. Your ND wants to know how you’re doing! Your first follow-up visit may be 4 to 8 weeks after your initial and they tend to be shorter in length (30 to 60 minutes). As a general rule, I like to check in with my patients, even if just for 15 minutes, at least 3 to 4 times per year

There you have it, folks. This is a straightforward, inside look at what your naturopathic journey may look like.

All the best,

Dr. Erin

Disclaimer: The advice in this article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to replace a consultation with a licensed health care provider.