After posting about our natural journey to fertility a couple weeks ago, I’ve had quite a few questions directed my way about how we found our doctor, so I thought I would take a post and share some tips finding natural healthcare for your family.
The first time, it was purely by word of mouth. We had gone to a large church and a handful of people were seeing this particular doctor and were getting some pretty incredible results. Seeing their results and trusting in their experiences was what prompted me to try this alternative route.
We were blessed in our first experience, because it was a chiropractic office that offered multipe forms of natural treatments. It was a group of talented, educated individuals that worked together to acheive wellness in their patients. I was able to try a few different things out and personally see what made a difference in my health.
We have moved twice since our natural journey to fertility, and have had to find new doctors in this area of our healthcare. In fact, I am currently in this process again…
Tips to Finding Natural Healthcare for Your Family:
1. Look for a place that practices more than one form of natural medicine. A one-stop shopping, if you will. That way allergies, ailments, and preventive work can all be done in the same place.
For my family, an ideal place would include chiropractic care, NAET treatments, muscle testing, and naturopathic/homeopathic nutritional help. (Either one very talented, educated doctor or a group of professionals that work together to create wellness.)
2. Credentials. I look at what degrees they hold, from what schools, and how many years they have been in practice. (I have found many of these doctors are very educated and have an amazing grasp of how the human body works.)
If there is a NAET practitioner, I go to the NAET website and make sure they are on their approved list. This website also includes all the training they have had and if they are up to date with their certification. (You can also locate a practitioner in your area from this website)
3. Read testimonials and ask around. If people are experiencing healing they will be talking. The proof is in the pudding.
4. Look for compatibility. Going to a natural doctor is a personal experience, or it should be. I look for someone who takes the time to listen, engage, touch, and teach.
I also look for religious compatibility. Sometimes in the realm of natural care, some doctors create a spiritual aspect to their healing. I always check to make sure the doctor is either aligned with my beliefs or is neutral in their practice.
5. Look for a clean, professional-looking office. For me, part of a great practice is not only the health portion but the business side. It doesn’t have to be fancy, they just need to have their paperwork, policies, and office packaged in a nice, professional presentation.
6. Ask questions. I have found that people are more than willing to answer any questions you might have. A lot of times you can request to speak to the doctor themselves before you even visit their office.
Don’t be afraid to ask what a treatment looks like. How long would the healing process be. What kind of successes and history have they had in treating your particular problem.
7. Look for affordablity. Some of these places will work with certain insurance companies, and others will not. To be quite frank, we have always paid out of pocket. Yes, it is an expense, but when I know that a problem is going to be taken care of for good, it’s worth it to me. (I have also found that most of these places will give a discount to people who are paying out of pocket. Just ask.)
Alternative medicine can be intimidating if you’ve never really used it, but if you think about it, these forms of medicine have been around for centuries. It’s only been in the last 100 years that we have moved away from these practices to solely embrace this newer form of medicine.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing Western medicine; I’m so grateful for the technology and care it has to offer. I think it most definitely has its place…just not at the abandonment of this vital, natural option that is still very effective.
Some of the benefits of natural medicine include: Non-invasive treatments, no harmful chemicals or procedures, addressing the root of the problems not just the symptoms, and personal patient/doctor relationships.
These places specialize in some of the most common ailments: IBS, allergies, stress, ear infections, depression, joint pain, infertility, and the list goes on. They also teach you how to take better care of yourself and your family, and empower you to be proactive in taking care of yourself at home.
I know healthcare can be a touchy subject for some people, and please know my heart– I intend to offend no one (especially the hardworking, caring people in our hospitals and clinics). I wanted to share this information to promote health and healing, especially in the area of infertility. To raise awareness that there are other options.
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