Holistic Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Case for the Naturopathic Doctor
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is just one of countless diseases and conditions that can be effectively treated by a naturopathic doctor (ND). Holistic treatment from an ND can improve pain control, reduce fatigue and manage medicinal side effects—ultimately improving your disease burden and overall quality of life.
Conventional medical doctors recommend aggressive medical treatment for people in the early stages of RA in order to preserve joint function. As a naturopathic doctor, I believe that early stage RA is extremely treatable with minimal, if any, need for an aggressive conventional treatment approach. Even in cases where someone has had RA for 20 years and their joints are permanently deformed, naturopathic medicine can still greatly serve to complement conventional treatment methods.
Naturopathic medicine addresses patient health holistically, focusing on body, mind and spirit. While conventional medical doctors are trained to treat the body system-by-system (respiratory, circulatory, etc.), training for naturopathic medicine views the patient as a complete system and focuses on empowering patients to take an active role in their health and well-being.
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