Naturopathic medicine from the beginning of time has been available in one form or another to all people. Naturopathic medicine includes using herbs, homeopathy, nutrition, diet, water, exercise and detoxification to help the body find it’s own balance. Each naturopathic practioner may use any combination of these and other therapies to help their clients. New technologies allow for advanced testing to help determine which therapies will be most effective. Some of the new testing procedures include saliva testing for adrenal, thyroid, female/male hormones and immune function. Extensive stool/saliva can be done for digestive problems such as ibs, chrons and ulcerative colitis. Urine testing is now being done to determine neurotransmitter levels (brain chemicals) and the results can help utilize amino acid therapy for aid with depression and anxiety. Also used to assess nutritional status is a complete blood/urine/hair/stool profile that allows a naturopath to suggest a very specific supplemental regimen based on each patient’s biochemistry. Re-testing then allows for continued monitoring.
In the light of recent problems with prescription drugs many people are looking for another way to improve and maintain their health. Naturopathic physicians are trained in naturopathic schools – usually a four year program, following a b.s. Degree in pre-med studies. They specialize in working with the whole person – not symptom-based treatment. Many work with a broad range of problems, including fatigue, fibromyalgia, hormone imbalances, digestive disturbances, stress related problems, mood disregulation, depressed immune function and blood sugar issues. Most naturopaths work closely with other natural healthcare workers such as massage therapists, rolfers, polarity therapists and acupuncturists. Naturopathic healthcare allows people to choose a drug-free way to get and stay healthy. Current and ongoing research is revealing the safety and effectiveness of long-used herbal, nutritional and homeopathic remedies.
Dr. Kathleen A. Jones, D.C. N.D. Has practiced in the Columbus area for over 25 years. She specializes in helping women find natural hormone balance and natural fertility management. She graduated from life chiropractic college in 1986 with a B.S. In nutrition and as a doctor of chiropractic. She graduated from central states of college of naturopathy in 1998.