Naturopathic Physicians are trained as primary care physicians who provide a distinct style of medicine which focuses on prevention and treatment with the aim of optimal health. Healing occurs through the use of a wide variety of therapeutic modalities which stimulate the bodies innate ability to heal and return to a state of balance and homeostasis. Naturopathic medicine blends traditional along with conventional medical approaches utilizing both evidence based medicine and empirical knowledge.
The principles of naturopathic medicine are the foundation of the philosophy and are used to guide both intervention and treatment.
The Healing Power of Nature
Treat the Whole Person
Doctor as Teacher
Do No Harm
Identify and Treat the Cause
In fully licensed states, naturopathic physicians are able to utilize a variety of diagnostic and treatment approaches including clinical diagnostic and laboratory testing, prescribing medications, nutritional medicine, botanical medicine, intravenous therapy, homeopathy/drainage, lifestyle counseling and minor surgical procedures.
The use of the therapeutic order allows naturopathic doctors to determine the level of intervention that should be considered when treating an individual. It is imperative to provide the body with support to establish a strong foundation and create an internal environment in which they body may heal. It is also important to recognize the role that higher levels of intervention play in healthcare such as the use of pharmaceutical medications or surgery and when these treatment options are necessary. Naturopathic doctors utilize a variety of modalities to address various levels of the therapeutic order in order to meet patients where they are at in their journey to health and healing.
***Not all NDs have the same level of training. Please research potential naturopathic physicians, verifying they attended and completed an accredited program, passed rigorous NPLEX board exams and are licensed in a state with an overseeing medical board. ***