Most people go to a doctor when they don’t feel well, and that’s fine.  However, a conventional doctor is not your only option. If you don’t think the doctor is helping you at all, you might want to consider a naturopath Sydney.

Naturopaths go through the same amount of training as traditional doctors, but the type of training is not the same. Naturopathic doctors have a background in basic science, but then go on for four years of medical training in naturopathic schools. Naturopathic medicine promotes a more natural approach to healing, which includes good nutrition, herbal medicine, and acupuncture. They may also prescribe conventional drugs, but only as a last resort. A naturopath would rather find the cause of the problem than try to cure the symptoms. Here are some health problems that might benefit from a naturopath.

Lifestyle diseases

Lifestyle diseases are what people with poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle usually develop. While not all cases of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes are lifestyle-related, at least 17% of Australians have an increased risk of developing these health problems because of poor diet.  If you suffer from either of these diseases because of your lifestyle, a naturopath can help you identify the underlying causes and walk your though solving it. They can guide you through your lifestyle changes strategically.

Hormonal imbalances

About 75% of women in the world suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and about 20% conservatively have it so bad it significantly affects their quality of life. PMS is believed to be a result of a hormonal imbalance, and naturopathic doctors have an intimate knowledge of herbs that can bring some balance back into the life of anyone who suffers from hormones out of whack. It may not always work, but conventional medicine is having less luck.  Aside from herbal medications, a naturopath Sydney may also recommend changes in diet.

Stomach problems

Another benefit of a good diet is to address problems with digestion. Naturopathic doctors specialize in managing pain, and digestive disorders usually come with a healthy dose of pain. They will check your diet to see if your body is having a hard time digesting what you are eating. They will order tests to check what is in your gut, and provide you with a diet that can help you resolve your problem.

Depression and anxiety

While naturopathic doctors are not qualified to handle serious depression and anxiety, they can provide treatment to complement prescription drugs and psychiatric therapy. They can help reduce the patient’s stress through acupuncture as well as healthy lifestyle changes. Keeping the body healthy is a big step in addressing mental problems.

Autoimmune disorders

People with Celiac disease or lupus suffer from a condition where the body attacks its own healthy cells. They are usually prescribed steroids to control the effects of the disease but steroids accumulate in the body. Instead of steroids, naturopathic doctors study the condition and recommend changes that can minimize the effects of the disorder. A Celiac disease sufferer, for example, cannot process gluten. A naturopath may design a gluten-free diet for the patient and augment it with herbal preparations.

Naturopathy is widely accepted in Sydney as an alternative to conventional medicine. While it may not always be the best option for all patients, it remains a good option if conventional medicine does not.