Naturopathic Medicine

What are Naturopathic Doctors?

A licensed naturopathic doctor (ND) is a graduate of an accredited medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as a medical doctor (MD). In addition, a naturopathic doctor receives extensive training in holistic approaches to therapy such as botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathy and physical medicine. Naturopathic doctors must pass rigorous professional board exams in order to become licensed. In practice, naturopathic doctors can order laboratory testing, perform physical examinations, gynecological exams, nutritional, health and dietary assessments.

In the United States, the naturopathic medical profession relies upon national standards of practice and care, peer review, and an ongoing commitment to state-of-the-art scientific research. While naturopathic medicine dates back to the earliest healers, contemporary naturopathic physicians also study and utilize the latest discoveries in biochemical sciences and are increasingly acknowledged as leaders in bringing about progressive changes in the nation’s medical system.

What makes Naturopathic Doctors different from medical doctors?

  1. We are taught to take a step back and look at the whole picture. We treat you as an entire person, not as a group of separate symptoms. After all, if all of your symptoms are in your body, they are most likely connected.
  2. We are always looking to find the underlying cause of your problem and treat that.
  3. Of course we would choose to use a natural form of treatment before choosing to use medication

What to Expect from a Naturopathic Medicine Appointment

Your first appointment is an hour and a half long. During this time we will discuss all aspects of your health. This will include:

  • details of your main concerns
  • a head to toe review of all systems
  • your medical history
  • your family medical history
  • discussion of your mental, emotional and spiritual well-being
  • dietary assessment
  • any necessary physical exams
  • and ordering of appropriate laboratory tests.

You will leave with:

  • a better understanding of the cause of your ailment
  • a treatment plan designed specifically for you
  • a clear picture of your goals and how you can attain them
  • and the comfort of knowing you have our support throughout the entire process

Follow-up appointments typically range from 30-60 minutes. You may need to see us once or twice a month in the beginning. These appointments will become less frequent as your health improves and your knowledge of how to maintain it solidifies. Treatment Plans May Include:

  • Dietary and Lifestyle Changes
  • The prescription of supplements
  • Herbal remedies
  • Homeopathy

The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

Vis Medicatrix Naturae -Act in cooperation with the healing power of nature.
Tolle Causam –¬†Address the fundamental causes of disease.
Tolle Totum –¬†Heal the whole person through individualized treatment.
Docere –¬†Teach the principles of healthy living.
Prevention –¬†Prevention is the best medicine.
Primum non nociere –¬†First do no harm.