How Can Naturopathic Medicine Help Me If I’m Already on Medication?
Are you taking medication? Are you wondering how natural medicine can fit into your health care? Maybe you feel that you have to choose between the non-natural way or the natural way. It does not have to be so black and white. I work with many patients who are taking medications. Below I’ll talk about the different ways I can help you even if you’re on medication.
TREATING SIDE EFFECTS OF MEDICATIONS
Sometimes medications lead to side effects. Instead of taking another medication to treat those side effects, you might want to try a natural alternative instead. For example, your medications may be causing dry mouth, migraines, nausea or bloating. Side effects like these could be treated with naturopathic medicine. Often medications deplete nutrients. This may lead to a whole range of symptoms from fatigue to mood swings. Nutrient depletion is definitely something I would take into consideration for your case.
ENHANCE THE GOOD EFFECTS OF MEDICATIONS
Are you experiencing some improvement with your medications but not complete relief? You may want to speak to me about natural options that can work alongside your medications to improve results. For example, I do this with patients on thyroid, blood pressure, anxiety and depression medications. I’m always careful to ensure that there are no harmful interactions with any medications.
GRADUALLY REPLACE MEDICATIONS (WITH THE HELP OF THE PRESCRIBING DOCTOR)
This option can only be done with the help of the doctor who prescribed the medication. I’ve had patients tell their family doctor that they want to wean off their medication. If their doctor feels that this is a wise choice they will work with them to gradually reduce their dose at a safe rate. I work with these patients to make the transition off medications easier. I aim to increase the chances that you’ll stay healthy as you transition off.
In my mind, naturopathic medicine and conventional medicine are perfect partners. I don’t believe you have to choose one or the other. There is a place for everything. Both systems of medicine can work together to help you reach your health goals. If you have more questions about naturopathic medicine book a free 15-minute consult today.
Dr. Samantha Dass is currently a naturopathic doctor working at Holland Landing Health Centre in East Gwillimbury, Ontario, which services Holland Landing, Newmarket, Aurora, Keswick and Bradford areas. If you are interested in naturopathic services please contact Holland Landing Health Centre at 905-853-7900 or via e-mail at [email protected].