Dr. Rachelle Jean-Paul, ND, L.Ac.
Six Fishes is overjoyed to welcome Dr. Rachelle Jean-Paul, ND, L.Ac. to the practice. Rachelle has a dual degree from The University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine in both Acupuncture and Naturopathy.
So, what the heck is naturopathy anyway?
Used since the 1800s, Naturopathy is a holistic medicine that weaves nutrition, herbology, homeopathy, physical medicine, and acupuncture. Additionally, they are trained in pharmacology, just like other medical doctors. Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) have 4-years of specialized training, and the primary focus is prevention.
Several state license Naturopaths as primary health care providers (unfortunately, not PA).
How does Naturopathy differ from Functional Medicine?
Naturopathic doctors are trained in natural approaches throughout their entire medical training. In addition, functional Medicine Doctors receive certifications in natural approaches after graduation from medical school. Several of these certification programs include ND facilitators.
Although the two are similar, one of the biggest differences is the naturopathic tenet: Vis Medicatrix Naturae (Healing Power of Nature). NDs strongly believe that each body has an innate ability to heal itself. Hence, their therapies are designed to support one’s vital force and enhance their healing capacity. The doctor’s job is to help identify and recommend ways to overcome any ‘obstacles to cure.’
NDs use their training to determine the root cause of illness and create a treatment plan. They determine what herbs interact with your medications, what nutrients may become deficient by a certain drug, and how to optimize your diet and lifestyle through various aspects of your life.
Why see a naturopath? Because it’s a truly holistic approach to health. Here are 4 reasons to consider it:
- Prevention: One of the six foundational tenets of naturopathy is Prevention. A typical naturopathic visit is longer than most medical visits. Your first visit will be 45 or even 90 minutes long. Why? Because an ND goes into great depth about your health and lifestyle, they are likely performing a thorough physical exam. Naturopathic doctors are trained to read basic lab work and other testing. Often, they can identify potential risks to one’s health even if a lab value falls within a “normal range.” When your symptoms and blood work are askew, NDs know how to read between the lines of our test results to create a comprehensive wellness plan.
- It’s Non-Invasive: Naturopathic therapies are non-invasive. Most are evidence-based and are catered to the individual. The goal is to focus on one’s well-being and support alignment. Many people genuinely want to support themselves holistically but need guidance. With their training, naturopathic doctors can help you determine your best next steps.
- Crush Chronic Disease: Millions of people suffer from chronic diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes. In many cases, pharmaceuticals can be beneficial but, over time, lose their efficacy. This increases the risk of polypharmacy and drug-to-drug interactions. An individual-specific, holistic approach can help reverse or even resolve the cause of disease. Working with a skilled ND helps to remove obstacles to health.
- Reach Milestones: Naturopathy supports your body in many ways. One of its commonly sought out benefits is its ability to promote fertility. Many people are actively working on conception but have some underlying challenges. The goal is to correct physiological imbalances, reduce stress, optimize one’s nutrient profile and continue to provide support during pregnancy and beyond.