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Raleigh Naturopathic Medicine: Six Tips To Finding the Right Licensed Naturopathic Doctor For Your Needs in Raleigh

Raleigh naturopathic medicineComplementary or alternative medicine is rapidly gaining respect and acceptance within doctors’ offices and hospitals across the country as scientific evidence and studies of its efficacy continue to gain publication and recognition. Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct system of primary health care – an art, science, philosophy and practice of preventing, treating and determining the cause of disease. Naturopathic medicine’s techniques include modern, traditional, scientific and empirical methods. Naturopathic Doctors are trained as primary care physicians, and are currently licensed to practice Naturopathic medicine as Primary Care Physicians in 16 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rick and the Virgin Islands. Because not all 50 states are licensed, there can be practitioners whom claim to be an “ND” or Naturopathic Doctor, but have not received a formal 4year post-graduate medical doctorate from an accredited Naturopathic Medical College in the United States and Canada. These six tips can help you find a Naturopathic Doctor who holds a current license and is a graduate from an accredited school.

  1. Check your state Association of Naturopathic Physicians: Each state has an Association of Naturopathic Physicians that has a directory and listing of practitioners in your area. These Physicians are graduates from one of the accredited Naturopathic Colleges within the United States and Canada. There is also the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, which has listings from multiple states as well as pertinent information about Naturopathic medicine and various advocacy news at www.naturopathic.org
  2. Check to see that your Naturopathic Doctor graduated from an accredited Naturopathic Medical School: See the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges at www.aanmc.org for a list of current accredited Naturopathic Medical Schools. Naturopathic Medical training is a post-graduate 4year Doctorate program that consists of 2 years basic science training followed by Basic Science Board Exams, and a subsequent 2 years of clinic science training followed by Clinical Science Board exams. There is a significant difference between a Practitioner who claims to be an “ND” and has only done a correspondence course, versus a graduate from an accredited college who is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor.
  3. Read your practitioner’s website: Your Naturopathic Doctor’s website is a wonderful resource of information and exemplifies their presence and branding on the web. You can glean a lot of information about their educational background, their style, and the services they offer, as well as get a general feel for their clinic and business/clinical experience. Often times their website will have a “Testimonials” page for you to read about other patients’ and Doctors/Practitioners’ experiences and opinions of their expertise and professionalism.
  4. Ask about your Naturopathic Doctor’s specialization: While all Naturopaths are trained as primary care physicians, most likely they will each have an area of specialization or clinical focus. Ask about what your Naturopath specializes in order to determine if he/she has more training or clinical experience in the field you are researching for yourself. These areas of focus can range from Pain Management, Fertility, Hormone health, Anti-aging, IV Therapy, Bio-Identical Hormones, Diet/Nutrition, Pediatrics, and Cancer care and treatment.
  5. Set up a phone consult with the Naturopathic Doctor that you are interested in before your visit: Often times many NDs will do a free 10-15 minute phone consult to answer any specific questions you may have about your healthcare needs. If your ND is too busy for a phone consult (which is often the case), you can certainly call and ask their reception team any further questions you feel you would like answered to help you schedule your appointments with him/her.
  6. During your first visit, ask your Naturopathic Doctor what the overall treatment plan and goals for your healthcare needs are: Remember, most Naturopathic treatment plans require multiple visits in order to gain the proper treatment goals and accomplish your specific treatment strategy. During your first visit ask your ND what his/her overall treatment plan is for the next 1-3 months. Then ask yourself if this is something you are capable of committing to and whether or not you feel that your Naturopathic Doctor was listening to your concerns and customized a treatment plan specific to your needs and goals.

While it may take some research on your part to narrow down your search, these six tips can help you find a reputable practitioner that is capable of assisting you along your path to restored balance and health!

Dr. Meaghan Dishman, ND, LAc, MSOM is a Licensed Naturopathic Medical Doctor and a Licensed Acupuncturist. Dr. Dishman maintains her Naturopathic License in the state of Oregon, her Acupuncture License in North Carolina, and is a National Diplomat of Acupuncture. She is currently the director and owner of Bloom Integrative Health located in beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina. She provides comprehensive Integrative healthcare for the whole family, offering Acupuncture and Naturopathic Medicine to Raleigh & The Triangle Area. Her specialties include Functional Endocrinology, Fertility, Reproductive Healthcare, Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine, Pain Management, Lifestyle Counseling and Wellness.

If you’re ready to take control of your health once and for all, call us today at 919-825-3888. We are never too busy to help you!