Finding a Naturopathic Practitioner who would have the experience and professional skills needed to treat their health issues and help them avoid potential diseases can be challenging for the general public. So what is the easiest way to find a doctor you can put your faith in?
To help you achieve good fitness, high fertility and disease prevention, answering the following 7 questions will help you select the right naturopathic practitioner:Have a look at Naturopathic Doctor to get more info on this.
1) Well-qualified is the Naturopath?
Well-trained naturopaths are typically proud to show their credentials in their clinic; be careful about those who do not openly have these information on their business cards and/or on their website because they may not have many qualifications to display. Furthermore, find out whether they just gained their credentials from a correspondence course or whether they attended lectures and student clinics on campus physically. In addition to their naturopathic college qualifications, asking whether they already have university health science degrees or equivalent university degrees as university study in the field of science is incomparable to a simple advanced diploma in naturopathy, which sadly is all that many Australian naturopaths have. Often, find out if they provide any of the big health funds with provider numbers. If they do, this may be an indication that they have the correct qualifications (although not always), but if they do not have provider numbers, it means that their credentials do not meet the minimum requirements provided by health insurance providers, which can be a red flag not to contact them for health advice.
2) Did they just graduate recently?
They may lack the clinical knowledge that would be required to be genuinely successful practitioners if the Naturopath had just recently graduated from college or university. Do you want to be their guinea pig for real? It may also take several years of clinical experience to gain the skills required to recognise the root causes of the health issues of people and to recognise which therapies are best for each condition to be resolved. The same also applies to other types of health care-from physicians and dentists to physiotherapists. If they lacked clinical expertise, I wouldn’t want a newly trained physician operating on my body the same as I wouldn’t want guidance from a health professional-naturopathic or otherwise.
3) Are they a ‘Jack of All Trades and a Master of Nothing’?
Will the Naturopath specialise or are they trying to be a ‘Master of all Trades’ in a few fields of health? Many clinicians will attempt to treat everything from heart disease and cancer to autism, skin disorders and childhood diseases, but they will probably not have the requisite experience to treat either condition very well. In any area of medicine, it is simply not humanly possible to keep up with the latest science, so it will be better to find a naturopath who specialises in the fields of health with which you are looking for support, rather than a ‘general’ naturopathic practitioner. I specialise in women’s wellness, for example, and I only consult these days in the following areas: mental health (and the underlying causes), exhaustion, hormonal issues, problems with the digestive system and autoimmune disease. It is often better to consult a knowledgeable doctor in the fields of health that you need assistance with, since they are more likely to read the latest clinical data and textbooks on these particular issues and attend workshops and conferences directly related to these issues. In the areas in which they specialise, the doctor should also be able to rely on years of clinical experience-which ensures that you should benefit from their clinical insights.