Naturopathic MedicineA natural alternative to drugs and invasive treatments
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Unique in its holistic, natural approach to health and healing, naturopathic medicine is patient-centered and offers tailored treatments to help patients obtain optimal wellness on all levels – physical, emotional, chemical. Wellness means more than the absence of pain and disease. It is having the energy to work and enjoy life to its fullest potential. Naturopathic practitioners help restore health by supporting the body’s inherent healing mechanisms using minimally invasive, natural methods. The Philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine is founded on the following principles:
- The healing power of nature
- Find and treat the cause
- First, do no harm
- Treat the whole person
- Doctor as teacher
A naturopathic physician (ND) attends a four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an MD, but also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician also studies clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine and counseling. A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional national board exams. To learn more about naturopathic physicians and naturopathic medicine please visit the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Conditions Treated With Naturopathic Medicine
- Those looking for a natural approach to health and healing from common conditions, such as sinusitis, colds, coughs, sore throat, UTIs, GERD/acid reflux, menstrual cramps.
- Patients who want to regain and optimize their health.
- Those looking to prevent disease.
- Those who want to have the energy to enjoy life to its fullest.