Despite the fact that naturopathic treatments are increasingly sought after alternatives to allopathic medicine, many people continue to have a vague idea of what naturopathy entails.
Naturopathic medicine treats both chronic and acute conditions using a combination of modern science and traditional medicine. It views symptoms as warning signals of an underlying problem that must be addressed. Through lifestyle changes, dietary modifications and other therapies, the aim of naturopathic treatments are to help the body heal itself.
One of the areas that can benefit greatly from naturopathic approaches is women’s health, and treatment for both infertility and menopause are among the many reasons women consult naturopaths.
Infertility can have many causes, including endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, uterine fibroids, low sperm count, and poor sperm mobility. To determine which of these an issue is for a couple, a naturopath makes use of in-depth interviews alongside assessment tools such as blood tests, semen analysis, and hormonal salivary testing.
Infertility treatments may include dietary modifications, supplements, homeopathic medicine, herbs, and acupuncture, and are designed to improve the couple’s health in order to increase the possibility of conceiving a child. The couple may also be placed on a pre-conception healthcare program which entails cleansing and nourishing of the body so as to maximize the health of both individuals and that of the egg and sperm.
Naturopathic medicine can also help in the treatment and prevention of symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, fatigue, and sleep disorders during peri-menopause and menopause.
In treating these and other hormone imbalances, naturopaths may make use of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) using hormones derived from plant sources. Bio-identical hormones are biochemically identical to those produced by a woman’s ovaries. Therapy is tailored to a patient’s specific needs and is advantageous in that it can circumvent the side effects many women experience on synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
If you would like more information on naturopathic approaches to treating infertility or menopause and live in the Hamilton area, visit the Townsend Naturopathic Clinic or contact them directly at (289) 389-0886 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.