Does Dr. Esau ND use acupuncture?
How is a Naturopathic Doctor different from a Medical Doctor?
The biggest differences between naturopathic and conventional medicine are the philosophical approach and therapies used. Naturopathic doctors focus on treating the person not just the disease through non-invasive gentle therapies and natural interventions. We recognize that you are unique and that the factors affecting your health are too. We help patients remove the barriers that are preventing health in addition to treating the physical and emotional aspects to disease. Naturopaths are able to give you the time you need to meet with us, we take a full hour for the first consultation.
Both medical and naturopathic doctors order blood work, do physical exams and are trained to diagnose disease. Since naturopathic doctors in Manitoba do not prescribe drugs or do surgeries it is important to go to a medical doctor in emergent situations. Naturopathic doctors excel at treating chronic disease like high blood pressure, mood disorders, digestive conditions, skin conditions, fertility, painful periods, fibromyalgia, stress, arthritis etc.
What is the difference between acupuncture that a massage therapist or physiotherapist does and a naturopath does?
Do naturopathic doctors treat sport injuries?
Yes, we treat all sorts of sports injuries including traumatic brain injury. Generally our first step is to provide the specific nutrient combinations that will be required for the injured tissue to heal and then in some cases also utilize other naturopathic modalities such as acupuncture, hydrotherapy and homeopathic remedies as indicated. We also look at factors that could lead to re-injury and optimize these factors.
How much time would I get with the Naturopathic Doctor?
Unlike a visit to your medical doctor, when you see a naturopathic doctor you will spend a full hour in the first visit so that your ND can get down to the bottom of what is happening. In some cases you may need to get blood work or imaging done before arriving at a diagnosis. We take the time to listen to your concerns and your health goals. Your ND will create a health plan with you that works for you.
Are Naturopaths and Homeopaths the same?
No. Naturopathic doctors/ Naturopaths are trained in homeopathy and may use it as part of their practice but it is only one of many modalities they use. Naturopaths also use nutrition, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, do physical exams, read blood work/ lab results, perform spinal manipulations, diagnose medical conditions, prescribe herbs and supplements and more. Homeopaths are trained only in homeopathy.