Naturopathic medicine can be applied in any health care situation, but the strongest area is in the treatment of chronic and degenerative disease. For severe, acute truamas such as a serious automobile accident, emergencies of childbirth, or orthopedic problems requiring corrective surgery, naturopathic medicine is not recommended, although it can contribute to such cases, especially in the recovery phase.
In other acute cases, such as ear infections and common illnesses with fever, Dr. Aieta addresses the associated pain, infection, and fever of the condition, as well as any related concerns of the patient. How this acute condition might relate to underlying causes, such as diet, life stresses, and occupational hazards, is also addressed. Dr. Aieta will then usually prescribe a variety of means to deal with the immediate problem.
In chronic cases, the procedure is different. Typically, a thorough case exploration will detail the history and nature of the patient's symptoms and complaints, his or her complete health history, and the patient's lifestyle. Finally, a physical examination and appropriate laboratory tests are performed. For Dr. Aieta, understanding the patient as an individual is essential when searching for causitive factors, particularly in the areas of the physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual.
After determining causitive factors, Dr. Aieta will discuss his findings with the patient, and an attempt will be made to tie together and interpret the symptoms. Symptoms usually relate to a central problem that has many manifestations. As an example, many symptoms can be tied to the effects of toxicity on the different systems of the body such as the immune system, nervous system or circulatory system. Others may be due to dietary short commings, hormonal imbalances, or specific nutrient deficiencies.
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