Not too long ago Naturopathic care was scoffed at by internists and other physicians. Yet as time went on and naturopathics established itself more and more as part and parcel of acceptable healthcare, it soon became obvious that Naturopathic Doctors attained real results in their care of patients.
Physicians noticed that some patients were relieved of long-time aches and pains caused by all types of ailments – autoimmune illnesses included – and suddenly no longer needed weekly shots or monthly prescriptions. Instead, these treatments allowed them to resume activities that had been robbed of them following their autoimmune illness diagnosis. This increased attention let to naturopaths coming under close governmental scrutiny and with the institution of proper licensing and educational requirements, nothing stood in the way of open access to naturopathic anymore – or so many thought.
Insurance agencies are a lot slower to permit naturopathic care to fall under the umbrella of covered medical expenses and as such they manage to severely limit patient access to naturopathic doctors to this day. While this may have causes problems for a many, currently the majority of naturopathic doctors have found great ways of sharing their findings with others while at the same time incorporating their findings, tests, assessments and medical histories collected into their files and into the overall care of their patients.
Naturopaths can assess health risks of patients who may present a multitude of ailments, some of which are dependant on proper medical care involving medications. As such, they are not only responsible for assessing the possible problems that a patient’s health history may present, but also for compiling a comprehensive record of health information, acting as a clearinghouse for such health related facts, and for consulting with other healthcare providers on an as needed basis to ensure that facts are made available to anyone who is involved in the patient’s overall care.
In addition to this sometimes hard to fathom balancing act lies the idea that as a naturopath and thus a member of the medical arts, it falls to the naturopath to engage in lifestyle counseling of the patient, and as such there are sometimes differences between the ideas of the naturopath with her or his roots in the alternative healing community and the more conventional physicians whose philosophy may quite possibly be “better living through chemistry.” Involving the patient in the care will make it possible for the naturopathic doctor to become that primary care physician, ensure that the patient receives the care she or he has contracted for, and also the alternative healing angle that is so desirable.