Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine Specialist
Naturopathic medicine recognizes that the human body has an innate self-healing ability. Dr. Maura Scanlan practices naturopathic medicine at A Path to Natural Health in Issaquah, Washington. She teaches her patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes, and cutting-edge natural therapies to help their bodies ward off and combat disease. To learn how this comprehensive treatment strategy can get you on your way to better health, make an appointment today via phone or through the online booking tool.

Naturopathic Medicine Q & A

A Path to Natural Health

How does naturopathic medicine differ from conventional medicine?

In conventional medicine, the person is often treated for an isolated symptom, such as a clogged artery or cancerous tumor. Naturopathic medicine looks at the whole of the person and how the many body systems and lifestyle habits affect health. Naturopathic physicians craft comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural approaches to treat acute disease, but to also restore health. These tools provide the building blocks to stimulate the vital force and healing energy in the body by using the least invasive treatments first.

Naturopaths don’t shun conventional medicine, rather they draw from all medicines and therapies available, and when necessary, utilize radiographic imaging, pharmaceutical agents, and surgery. Dr. Scanlan works in conjunction with medical doctors to manage your health condition.

What sorts of conditions can naturopathic medicine treat?

In addition to promoting your overall health and wellness, Dr. Scanlan performs gynecological exams and addresses a diverse set of conditions. These include:

  • Infertility
  • Pediatric food allergies
  • Yeast and candida infections
  • Food sensitivity and food allergies
  • Flu, coughs, colds, ear infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches

What types of treatment are provided by a naturopath?

Many cases of acute and chronic disease can be treated using nutritional supplements, botanical remedies, and home therapies. If necessary, Dr. Scanlan prescribes medication, too.

She may coach you on dietary revisions and ways to become more physically active, which greatly improves your overall health, levels of inflammation, and sense of well-being.

Are there naturopathic therapies for muscle and joint problems?

Dr. Scanlan offers electrical stimulation of the muscles, which promotes blood flow through the tissue to help cellular exchange of nutrients and oxygen. This treatment decreases pain, promotes healing, strengthens healthy muscles, and improves their mobility. Often electrical stimulation is used in conjunction with acupuncture.  

She also uses hydroculator packs and heat therapy to increase blood flow to muscles and joints to decrease tension and spasms, as well as reduce inflammation and pain. Dr. Scanlan may also put you through a series of muscle stretching and contracting exercises that leads to neuromuscular re-education. This process lengthens muscles, increases their range of motion, and decreases pain.  

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