Last Updated on September 9, 2020
If you’re looking for a naturopath, you’ll be happy to hear that there are a lot of excellent practitioners out there.
I recommend working with a naturopath with formal credentials rather than someone who is entirely self-taught. Be very careful, because in some countries anyone can hang up a shingle and say that they’re a naturopath. It’s a very unregulated field area in many countries.
In the U.S., New Zealand, and Australia, at least, they’ve become very strict about who can and can’t call themselves a naturopath. But, in many other countries, anyone can call themselves a naturopath.
Once you have confirmed the naturopath is well qualified, I would check to see how long they have been in practice and their areas of particular expertise. If you have digestive problems, it makes sense to see a naturopath with a specific interest in that area. I also think you’re better off working with someone who has a real passion for what they do.
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Being able to communicate effectively is a crucial skill for any health care provider, naturopaths included. You want to feel that you are being heard and understood.
Empathy is another vital skill. And I think it’s very valuable for the naturopath to know both alternative and conventional medicine. You will want your naturopath to understand prescription medication and possible interactions with both natural and prescription drugs.
Often you’re better served by a naturopath who is a bit older. A 22-year-old naturopath knows less about inflammatory bowel disease than one who is 35. It may be completely fine to see a young naturopath about mild constipation, but a serious illness may be better managed by one with more experience.
Naturopathic organizations and associations often have lists of practicing professionals. These groups may be able to direct you to a naturopath with expertise in your area of concern.
Be sure that your naturopath is well versed in stool testing. And hightail it away from anyone who comes up with a snap diagnosis. I’d also watch out if they recommend twenty or thirty tests and thousands of dollars in treatment despite having just met you.
Use your common sense and gut instinct as well.
Look for someone who can see you regularly. I recommend at least monthly appointments until your health has clearly improved.
Remember, there’s the medical doctor, and there’s the naturopathic one. It’s good to have both in your life.