If you're looking for a natural health expert here are a few pointers to help, plus what you need to know during your initial consultation.
There are numerous alternative health care providers out there, but it's essential to do
a bit of research to find the one that's most suitable for you. Don't
just randomly pick out any old name that you come across in the telephone directory!
Firstly you must use a certified and registered professional. Licensed professionals are required to attend up-to-date training in their field of practice.
You possibly already have an idea or two about which alternative/complementary therapies you're interested in. However if you're unsure then we suggest browsing through our website, the Internet, or getting books out from the library. Study the different alternative medicines, and learn their backgrounds, theories, and practices. This will make your personal preferences much easier to determine!
Popular therapies include - acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, herbalism, homeopathy, nutritional counseling, bio feedback, meditation, yoga, acupressure, and Traditional Chinese medicine.
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They're highly skilled in their field and will advise on which natural therapies, herbs, supplements, and lifestyle changes are best suited for you. You'll get a personalized guide and scheduled reviews to check up on your progress! Daily support is offered to answer your questions.
National Associations and their local affiliates can guide you in the proper direction, as they usually provide the names of qualified health practitioners. To locate one that's relevant try searching the Internet - e.g. Herbalists Association USA, or Dietitian Association Canada. You could also try asking at your nearest medical center or health store, as they may have access to a database.
State governments should list agencies that regulate and license alternative health care providers. An agency may index the practitioners in your area, and be a way for you to verify their credentials.
Your doctor or nurse may be able to pass on contacts, or even recommend a holistic practitioner who has a good reputation.
Surprisingly these days you'll find that some pharmacies have natural health care providers available within their premises.
Health stores are often a great source of information regarding therapies and practitioners in your neighborhood. Many offer consultations as they have their own naturopaths, herbalists etc. working in-store.
Word of mouth is helpful. If you know someone who's used an alternative health care provider, then ask them about their experience (a person whose judgment you trust). How do they rate that practitioner and their methods? Did they have a successful result?
Collect as much information as you can relating to each practitioner that you're considering. This may be in
the way of referrals, brochures, websites, direct phoning, emails etc.
Check up on the practitioners experience and training before making final decisions. What are their specialties?
Have they previously had much success dealing with your particular type of
health issue – for example, unexplained infertility? Don't hesitate to ask!
Although you may be a little reluctant discussing alternative therapies with your personal physician,
they're generally happy to help. A growing number of doctors are attempting
to better understand the natural health care industries, as public
demand for these services increases. Therefore they'll want to cooperate
with their patients to ensure that the treatments are being used safely. Talk about
which therapies appeal to you e.g. acupuncture or
homeopathy. Your doctor may advise on an appropriate therapy as they have records of your health
*Please note - Just because a herb, vitamin/mineral supplement is natural that doesn't necessarily mean it's safe for everyone to take. Your physician can brief you on any natural remedies, foods etc. that may react with current medical conditions, prescriptions, or over the counter medicines.
If your doctor is unsure or uncomfortable talking about a certain practice or product, then ask them for a referral onto an another person who's knowledgeable in that area - such as a pharmacist or other health specialist.
We hope these tips are of assistance, so that you can receive the very best holistic treatment plan for your individual circumstances!
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