Benefits of Long-Term Holistic Health Care
- Better sleep
- Reduction of disease/illness symptoms
- Strong immune system
- Healthier eating habits/diet
- Overall good health & wellbeing
- Improve blood work results
- More energy
- Reassuring sense of calmness
- Healthy heart
- Healthy weight loss/weight gain
- Increased insulin sensitivity
- Healthier lifestyle
- Improve digestion/elimination
- Anti-aging support
- Lower toxicity; deliberate, safe, and effective detoxification practices
- Improve sexual stamina
- Support mental health by reducing stress/anxiety/depression
- Disease prevention
- Clear skin
- Reduce allergies and allergic response
Naturopathic Health Care Lowers Health Care Costs
Numerous studies have proven that using non-invasive, non-toxic approaches lowers health care costs. Patients with the greatest disease burden show the most significant reduction in total medical health care costs when utilizing integrative medicine. Naturopathic approaches to reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as hypertension and high cholesterol, and symptoms of menopause save money. Many studies have also documented cost savings resulting from use of naturopathic physicians to reduce pain, especially back pain. Fifty-five percent of patients reported a slight to substantial reduction of their use of conventional medical care once they begin visiting an integrative medicine provider. A systematic review of randomized clinical trials found that the use of natural health products has the potential to reduce health care costs compared to conventional treatment by up to 73%.
Naturopathic Health Care Decreases Prescription Drug Costs
Many studies have found that naturopathic health care results in substantially lower prescription drug costs than conventional allopathic medical care. Rather than expensive prescription drugs, which have been found to have numerous negative side effects, naturopathic doctors typically recommend botanical or nutritional supplements to effectively care for health care concerns. Patients who received intensive lifestyle modification and naturopathic therapy in just one year for type II diabetes improved all health scores (lipid levels, body fat percentage, etc.) and decreased medication requirements compared to those on standard therapy. Ten integrative medicine users in two studies reported significantly lower prescription drug use of 48% and 61%, respectively. Since natural health care takes time, it is important to view this as an adjunct rather than a replacement to allopathic medical practice. It is important to work in an integrative manner with both doctors to ensure safety if your goal is to reduce medication need. This reduction should be done slowly and under a qualified doctor’s care.
Naturopathic Doctors Offer True Disease Prevention, Thus Reducing Expensive Ongoing Care
By addressing the causes of disease, naturopathic doctors reduce the need for repeated, expensive, and often ineffective symptomatic treatment. A study published in JAMA found that patients of integrative health care providers were significantly more likely to have obtained common preventive services; including pap smears, cholesterol testing, influenza immunizations, and breast exams.
A recent study found that patients receiving one year of care under the supervision of a naturopathic doctor experienced a 3.1% reduction in 10-year CVD event risk compared to patients receiving conventional care. They were also 16.9% less likely to have developed Metabolic Syndrome. This resulted in significant savings to society of $1,138 per patient and to employers of $1,167.14.