FAQsFrequently Asked Naturopathic Questions
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is all about finding one’s balance and living a more healthy and happy life. Your whole person is taken into account, not just a singular symptom or issue.
Naturopathic is a distinct healing science and philosophy that blends traditional natural therapies with current advances in the study of human health.
Naturopathic medicine treats the underlying nature or cause of disease; it is the art and science of supporting the natural healing processes of the patient; the removal of any impediment to the healing process; the prevention and treatment of physical and mental diseases, disorders, and conditions; and the promotion of good health using not only natural methods but methods that support and enhance a patient’s overall health.
What Can Naturopathic Medicine Do For My Condition?
Naturopathic medicine encompasses the science of diagnosis and the art of traditional medicine. Thus, symptoms are viewed to find the underlying cause(s), which are then rectified through varied, gentle therapeutic medicines or techniques. Ultimately, the goal is to improve health, as symptoms are often indicators that the body is not functioning optimally. Thus, treatment through supporting the body’s natural healing ability can facilitate healing and also the prevention of many chronic and debilitating diseases. It is important to know that your improvement is based on your commitment to feeling better. Our naturopathic doctors in MD want to help improve your health as best we can!
How Is Naturopathic Medicine Different From A Homeopath Or Herbalist?
A naturopathic doctor is a licensed primary care provider, which is not true of a homeopath, herbalist, acupuncturist, or chiropractor.
Homeopathy and herbal medicine are two modalities that naturopathic doctors are trained to use. A homeopath or herbalist may or may not have more intensive training in these areas but they are not allowed to diagnose, order tests, and treat in the same manner as a naturopathic doctor. Which is one of the reasons our doctors stand out.
Naturopathic Doctors Practice Differently. What Is Dr. Hayduk’s Approach?
Dr. Hayduk uses her years of experience as a naturopathic doctor in Maryland, by using science-based, researched natural treatments to resolve your symptoms by addressing your causes to create individualized care with a personalized treatment approach specific to you. During your consultation, Dr. Hayduk patiently listens to and discusses all of your symptoms. Then while working together, she creates a customized and tailored treatment plan to help you identify culprits and then resolve your health concerns naturally.
Dr. Hayduk often reviews current blood test results and interprets them differently than medical physicians. Depending on your health concerns, Dr. Hayduk may suggest botanical herbs, homeopathic and/or clinical grade supplements/better food choices to assist your body towards optimal health. We look at your whole person, not just a symptom or single issue. We do have natural supplements and botanical medicine at the office and at our webstore. Of course, there is no pressure to purchase any of them from us!
Do bring your supplements in on the first visit. Dr. Hayduk works for no supplement/herb company and there is no pressure to buy. Any botanical medicine or natural supplement that we endorse comes simply from the experience and trust that we have in the product. Quality does matter when it comes to certain supplements and the first visit (and video on the website) explains what to look for in a supplement.
The entire body is looked at, not just the sum of your symptoms. In Maryland, there are specialized tests available, although never required to take, to help identify clues to your symptoms.
Dr. Hayduk’s appointments are long for a reason, as she wants you to leave with a plan that will work. Leaving you hopeful and not confused, and of course, realistic in your naturopathic expectations. We all live in a very busy world. But each person has to be mindful of their own health care needs, and we can help, here in Maryland!
Is Dr. Hayduk a Medical Doctor?
No, she is a naturopathic doctor in Maryland. But the training is very similar to a traditionally trained medical doctor. Dr. Hayduk has two degrees from the University of Arizona in Religious Studies & Psychology with specializations in Microbiology & Chemistry. She also completed her other 4 years in Tempe, Arizona (one of only four nationally accredited by the Department of Education to certify naturopathic medical schools in the United States) where she completed her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. She is trained in the science, diagnosis, and drugs of pharmaceutical medicine. She is also trained in the art & science of natural therapies including acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, dietary & lifestyle counseling, homeopathy, and bodywork. Approximately 1500 hours of supervised hands-on clinical experience is completed by medical doctors and naturopathic doctors (much of it in hospitals and private offices) before graduation here in Maryland. Passing rigorous national board exams is mandatory for licensure, Dr. Hayduk has held licenses for naturopathic medicine in Arizona, Vermont, and now currently in Maryland. It is almost the exact same licensing process and verification to become a naturopathic doctor in Maryland as a traditional medical physician.
Dr. Hayduk has shared her knowledge and skills with her patients, through clinical private practice and various media participation. (See Biography page) In MD and the rest of the United States, the term N.D. refers to naturopathic doctors, not medical doctors.
Do Naturopathic Doctors Cooperate With Other Practitioners?
Naturopathic doctors cooperate with all other branches of medical science, referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate and in a patient’s best interest.
Dr. Hayduk is very open and encourages working with others be it a medical doctor, chiropractor, dentist, massage therapist, psychologist, life coach, physiotherapist, etc. An integrated approach to health care is often the most effective.
Is It Safe To Combine My Medication From My Medical Doctors With Naturopathic Medicines?
For the most part, it is quite safe, but it is important to let Dr. Hayduk know all medications that you are taking. Because we are trying to treat your whole person and not just one symptom, it’s important we know as much about you and your current health care routine as possible.
How Many Visits Will I Require?
This of course depends on the health condition. The word doctor means to teach, and Dr. Hayduk will teach you how to take care of yourself. It usually takes 4-6 visits to be fully educated, and it is recommended that you check in once or twice a year for a “tune-up”.
What Conditions Do Naturopathic Doctors Commonly Treat?
Virtually all acute and chronic conditions may benefit from the treatment of Naturopathic Doctors. Medical emergencies are referred to the local hospitals. All groups of people come to visit naturopathic doctors. People who are sick and can not get better by allopathic treatment. People who cannot tolerate allopathic medicine because of allergic reactions or other side effects. People who are health conscious and want to avoid chemicals. For counseling to improve their nutritional and physical benefits. Older people are more vulnerable and are taking too many drugs. Children and adults for nutritional help, as well as for disease prevention and treatments. Dr. Hayduk treats sick people, not diseases.
But More Specifically:
- Menopause, PMS, Osteoporosis
- Infertility, Hormonal Imbalance
- Endometriosis, Fibroids, Ovarian Cysts
- Cervical Dysplasia, Yeast Infections
- Thyroid Disorders
- Diabetes, Blood Sugar imbalances
- Pre & Post Surgical Healing
- Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia
- Anxiety & Depression
- Prostate Enlargement, Impotence, Low Libido
- Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol
- Cancer Support and Recovery Allergies, Asthma, Hayfever
- Skin – Eczema, Psoriasis, Hives
- Low Immunity, Autoimmune Disease
- Recurrent Infections, Viral Infections
- Migraine Headaches, Sinus Infections
- Recurrent Ear Infections, Bedwetting
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity, Autism
- Bowel – Diarrhea, Constipation, Gas, Bloating
- Crohn’s/Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Celiac Disease
- Malnutrition, Malabsorption
- Stomach – Heartburn, Acid Reflux, Bad Breath
- Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Injuries, Chronic Pain, Inflammation
- Chemical Sensitivities and Environmental Toxicities
Why Does Dr. Hayduk Sell Medicines In Her Clinic? Why Can’t I Get Everything I Need From The Health Food Store?
Dr. Hayduk supports many aspects of health care services. She encourages her patients to shop at health food stores, particularly for food items such as organically grown produce, free-range meat, organic legumes, and natural grains. Naturopathic treatments, however, require specialized medicines. Dr. Hayduk sells natural remedies which she has come to know and to trust over the years. She knows what works and what doesn’t. In addition, these professional products are more hypoallergenic and of much higher quality. If an unknown brand is not effective for you, its quality may be in question, not the choice of treatment. However, Dr. Hayduk can appreciate each of her patient’s preferences. Our goal is to treat the whole person, not just a symptom or singular issue. The medicine we support is naturopathic, and we trust in it to help you.
What Do I Do When I Run Out Of Medicines?
It is suggested that you maintain the program Dr. Hayduk has outlined for you until your next visit. She would be happy to send you medicines by mail or arrange for pick-up.
Dr. Hayduk also offers a dispensary of only her favorite natural supplements. This webstore can be accessed from this website. Upper right corner or lower left.
What Is The Difference Between A ‘Naturopathic Doctor’ And A ‘Naturopath’?
Please see the Articles section for an informative handout to explain this VERY important difference! You can also call us if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment in person!