Getting to the root causes of health challenges is important if you want to achieve long-term relief. In this video Dr. Marcantel shares an example of how the naturopathic approach seeks to do just that.
A lot of times we’ll have people that come in to the clinic and they’ll be on antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications; well, we want to get to the root cause of that and find out why.
A common example I see is women coming in on an anti-anxiety or antidepressant and we look at their hormone levels. We’ll do a salivary hormone test and we’ll see that the progesterone is very low–especially low in relation to the estrogen. Progesterone is our natural sedative; it helps us to relax and to sleep at night and if we’re really low on that then we’re going to have some anxiety and probably some depression problems.
So what we do is look at those things that are missing in the body that we were born with–we were born with progesterone. So what’s making us anxious or causing insomnia may be due to low progesterone. And then we can wean people off the medications that they may not need as a result of us replacing that which is natural in the body.