WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING MY FIRST VISIT?

A naturopathic physician will take time with you. During your first appointment, your doctor will take your health history, find out about your diet, stress levels, use of tobacco and alcohol, and discuss why you’re there. He or she may perform an examination and order diagnostic tests. Naturopathic physicians keep themselves up-to-date on the latest scientific research and incorporate this evidence into their treatments. The naturopathic physician will work with you to set up a customized health management strategy. If necessary, your doctor will refer you to other health care practitioners.

A first visit with a patient may last one to two hours and follow-up visits range from 30 to 60 minutes, although this varies depending on the NMD. Naturopathic physicians need sufficient time to ask questions and understand the patient’s health goals. NMDs also need time to gather information, do an appropriate examination and teach his or her patients about managing their condition and improving their health. An NMD may also use diagnostic tests to fully understand their patient’s health status. Besides taking the time to carefully and fully assess a patient’s root problem, NDs speak and understand the language of conventional medicine. They can diagnose the way MDs do-yet, they bring to the patient a whole new arsenal of treatments and insights. Instead of waiting for a disease to emerge, NMDs work to head it off before it happens.

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