About Naturopathic Medicine

The past 30 years have seen an extraordinary increase in consumer demand for safe, effective and cost-effective natural healthcare. Naturopathic medicine has emerged as the health care profession best suited to meet this demand. Although it almost disappeared in the mid-twentieth century because of the popularity of drugs and surgery, naturopathic medicine now offers safe, effective natural therapies as a vital part of the health care systems of North America the twenty-first century.

Naturopathic doctors are trained in the art and science of natural healthcare at accredited medical colleges. Integrative partnerships between conventional medical doctors and licensed NDs are becoming more available. This cooperation makes more effective therapies available to consumers. It increases patient satisfaction in their relationships with their care providers. More people are recovering their health by adding naturopathic medicine to their health care options.

(from AANP website: www.naturopathic.org)

Primary naturopathic healing modalities include: Botanical Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Homeopathy, Mind-Body/Counseling, Hydrotherapy, and Physical Medicine.

To read more about Homeopathy, click here.

Naturopathic Medicine offers a comprehensive approach to the health and well-being of your entire family: Men, Women, Children, and the Elderly. For a partial list of health conditions that can be helped with Naturopathic Medicine, click here.

 

ABOUT NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS

Qualified naturopathic doctors undergo rigorous training before they become licensed healthcare practitioners. They complete an on-site 4-year medical program that includes not only didactic curriculum but also a minimum of 2-year residential clinic rotations with direct supervision by experienced teaching and practicing physicians. Upon graduation, student clinicians from approved naturopathic medical colleges must pass their board licensing examinations (NPLEX) to be eligible for licensure in the 16 states and 5 provinces that license/register naturopathic physicians in North America.

NDs treat many health conditions and can provide both individual and family care. Some of the most common ailments that respond well to Naturopathic Medicine include allergies, chronic pain, digestive problems, diabetes, hormonal imbalances, respiratory conditions, heart disease, infertility, menopause, migraine, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. In some licensed states, NDs can perform minor surgeries, such as removing cysts or stitching up superficial wounds. NDs are educated on prescription drugs (and can even prescribe certain classes of drugs in these licensed states), although the emphasis of naturopathic medicine is the use of natural healing agents.

A naturopathic doctor will take ample time to listen to your health concerns. During your first appointment, he/she will take your health history, find out about your diet, stress levels, use of alcohol/tobacco, current medications/supplements, and discuss why you are there. A general physical exam and order diagnostic/lab tests may follow. Your naturopathic doctor will work with you to set up a customized aka individualized health management strategy. In certain cases, he/she may provide referral to other health care practitioners. The goal is always to get you well.

(adapted from AANP website)