Naturopathic Gastroenterology Questions and Answers
Diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, IBS and IBD as well as other digestive issues, can be treated by a naturopathic physician. Dr. Gurevich is a board-certified naturopathic physician and acupuncturist and is here to help you on your health and wellness journey. Call us to book your appointment online today. We are conveniently located at 2330 NW Flanders Suite #101, Portland, OR 97210.
What is naturopathic gastroenterology?
Naturopathic gastroenterology consists of a holistic approach to digestive and gastrointestinal disorders, which include: Abdominal pain, bloating and flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, reflux and heartburn, chronic pain and fatigue associated with digestive symptoms. Additionally, gastrointestinal function is a main player in a number of conditions, like depression, anxiety, insulin resistance, diabetes, and a wide array of autoimmune conditions. The naturopathic approach is simply to address the root cause of a condition that is more likely to lead to long-term success and patient satisfaction.
Is a naturopathic physician a real doctor?
Naturopathic practitioners can have a variety of titles depending on their training and state licensure. It is important to be familiar with the different types of practitioners, as well as their credentials and licenses. A naturopathic physician can also be referred to as a naturopathic doctor or a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. A naturopathic physician will have attended a four-year post-collegiate medical program at an accredited graduate-level school in the same way that a medical doctor attended a conventional school of medicine. As part of their curriculum, they study basic sciences, pathology, physiology, and pharmacology much like what a medical doctor studies in medical school. On top of that their curriculum will also cover nutrition and other therapeutic modalities such as homeopathy, vitamin and mineral supplementation and herbal medicine. Naturopathic doctors are required to be licensed to practice medicine in the state of Oregon. To become licensed, a naturopathic doctor is required to pass a certified board exam and take continuing education every year.
Traditional naturopaths aren’t licensed and don’t have to attend an accredited school of naturopathic medicine to practice.
Additionally, medical professionals who practice in other areas of medicine such as nurses, chiropractors, dentists and medical doctors, have done some training in naturopathic medicine. They may have taken some continuing education courses in naturopathy, or in some cases may also be a naturopathic doctor.
Can a naturopath help with digestive issues?
A naturopathic physician can definitely help with digestive issues. Naturopathic physicians are trained to treat the whole person and because of this we often have a much more comprehensive approach to treatment. Naturopathic physicians are the perfect combination between traditional modalities that have been used for hundreds of years and the latest clinical science. Naturopathic physicians will often use a complete history, physical exam, and laboratory testing to diagnose the underlying cause of illness. They will then give you a treatment plan that is personalized for you to obtain optimal health. Naturopathic Gastro physicians are also great at working as part of your healthcare team. Your Naturopathic Gastro provider understands that patients get the best care when they have a complete team who can support you on your healthcare journey. This will often involve a primary care provider, a gastroenterologist, and a naturopathic physician. With a comprehensive team you will more quickly return to optimal health. At Naturopathic Gastro we stay in communication with your entire health care team so everyone is on your side.
What can a naturopath treat?
A naturopathic physician can treat a vast array of health issues. Some common issues include headaches, digestive issues and endocrine disorders such as diabetes and hypo and hyper-thyroidism. We also address chronic pain, hormonal imbalances, allergies and many more. The treatment options can vary but are always comprehensive. We view you as a whole person, and not just a specific organ or disease.