4 Things To Consider When Choosing A Focus

by Julie Tran

This chapter is a free excerpt from The Best Book on Naturopathy.

Highlights

  • Your focus should be something you're passionate about.
  • Keep in mind that your focus might not provide the best treatment for a particular patient.
  • Focuses are optional; you can choose to become a general practitioner.

1. You Don’t Need To Choose A Focus

You can be a general practitioner. General practitioners see everyone from older people with arthritis to their 5-year-old granddaughters.

Specialties are more modality-based. What is your go-to form of treatment? Acupuncture? Chinese herbs?

2. Find What Resonates With You

If you do choose a focus, you’ll need to do some researching (and soul-searching). What modality matches your philosophy? What classes excited you?

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Highlights

  • Your focus should be something you're passionate about.
  • Keep in mind that your focus might not provide the best treatment for a particular patient.
  • Focuses are optional; you can choose to become a general practitioner.

1. You Don’t Need To Choose A Focus

You can be a general practitioner. General practitioners see everyone from older people with arthritis to their 5-year-old granddaughters.

Specialties are more modality-based. What is your go-to form of treatment? Acupuncture? Chinese herbs?

2. Find What Resonates With You

If you do choose a focus, you’ll need to do some researching (and soul-searching). What modality matches your philosophy? What classes excited you?

Ask your professors about their specialties and how they chose them. Offer to intern at clinics to get a better idea of what the modalities look like in practice.

I liked the concept of qi, the vital energy that flows through us all. When that free flow is impeded, disease infects the body and symptoms appear. Although I understood the value of helping people heal themselves through the physical body, I wanted to help patients on a more spiritual and energetic level.

I am a true believer in the philosophy, “Let food be thy medicine.” One of my mentors once told me, “We need to turn patient time into treatment time.” The best way to do that is through food. I focus on dietetics and healing through nutrition.

3. Keep An Open Mind

Your chosen modality may not always be the best treatment for the patient. I believe that any modality can help with any symptoms. The real question is, “Will this help a little or a lot?”

For example, an acupuncture specialist might first try acupuncture on a patient. If the patient is improving very slowly with acupuncture, the doctor needs to ask himself if another modality would help the patient recover more quickly. He needs to take a step back and look at the big picture. Maybe acupuncture is not the best modality for this patient’s symptoms.

When I was in school, I had a patient who came to see me at the clinic. She was an international student from India who was struggling with stress. She said she dreamed about her house and parents, and these dreams didn’t happen when she was in India. I discovered that her stress stemmed from subconscious homesickness, but she didn’t want to admit this.

I knew her problem was mostly emotional, but I couldn’t just tell her to go home. I tried everything—hydrotherapy, homeopathy, tinctures. In the end, only the Bach Flower Remedy worked for her.

The Bach Flower Remedy uses the essence of flowers to rebalance the emotions. Each flower has a different mental and emotional component. I was only able to help her after trying almost every other modality.

Naturopathic treatment is all about creative thinking. Even if you pick a specialty, you need to be able to step out of your box and consider all the possibilities.

4. Naturopathic Doctors Can Specialize In Patients Instead Of Modalities

Rather than choosing a modality, you can choose to see only patients with a certain ailment or of a certain age. This type of specialization is very common and helps doctors avoid the trap of using only one modality.

There are pediatrics, sleep hygenics, sports medicine, chiropractics, and many more!
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