What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is a unique and comprehensive approach to improving health and treating illness. It is based on the marriage of medical sciences and the art of harnessing the healing power of nature. It uses a combination of natural medicines and gentle, hands on techniques that are free of troublesome side effects to support and stimulate the body’s ability to heal. Naturopathic Medicine assesses and treats the causes of disease through careful investigation into the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of a person’s life. Each patient is treated as a unique individual and his or her treatment plan is personalized and discussed thoroughly with the doctor. Licensed Naturopathic Doctors must complete at least 3 years of standardized pre-medical studies at a recognized university prior attending an accredited Naturopathic college. The 4 year, specialized program in Naturopathic Medicine includes training in basic and medical sciences, diagnostics, and pharmacology as well as in Naturopathic treatment modalities. Naturopathic doctors use botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), clinical nutrition, lifestyle counseling, physical therapies, hydrotherapy, intravenous therapies, and stress management techniques to help their patients heal.