Teenagers & naturopathic medicine

Lately, there have been alot of teenagers going through my office, and parents have been surprised by how much naturopathic medicine has to offer this demographic.  The teens have come in with a range of concerns: acne, premenstrual difficulties, anxiety (one of the most common complaints), digestive upsets, cyclical vomiting, allergies, and concussions.  Naturopathic doctors are medically trained, yet naturally focused, to help patients understand the "quirks" of their bodies and use diet and other natural/lifestyle modifications to help.  Most of these teens were helped primarily with diet changes - low allergy, low inflammation, food sensitivities, increasing key nutrients, as examples.  When the diet changes didn't create enough change, acupressure, herbal medicines, homeopathic medicines, and craniosacral therapy can be pivotal.  Dosages must be adjusted based on age and weight, but otherwise, many options still exist.  It's so rewarding to see these families investigating health concerns and learning more about their natural management options in the early days.  Going forward, these teens are learning great things to stay healthy for life!