What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Understand, you are not just your symptoms. Rather than just suppressing symptoms, Naturopathic Doctors work to identify underlying causes of illness, and develop personalized treatment plans to address them.
Naturopathic Doctors (ND) and Medical Doctors (MDs) are both valuable in the field of medicine. When both fields of medicine work together, this is the ideal situation for many patients. MDs are excellent at trauma, diagnostic medicine, surgery and acute health care. However, their care of many conditions including, chronic conditions is oftentimes to suppress symptoms with drugs or surgery. NDs are trained in standard Western care and pharmacology as well as a variety of holistic therapies. As a result of this training, NDs are also licensed to prescribe medications in many states as well.
The educational process for NDs and MDs is very similar. Both types of medical school (ND and MD) are accredited by the Federal government. The first 2 years of school are very similar, with a focus on the basic and clinical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology, lab diagnosis and others. The latter 2 years focus on clinical training. MD students mainly see hospital-based patients during their rotations. ND students see patients in primarily out-patient clinical settings at naturopathic clinics, and they also have the opportunity to complete rotations with medical specialties. While many naturopathic doctors are trained in primary care, like conventional medical doctors (MDs), some choose to specialize or focus their practices. Specialty associations currently exist for endocrinology, gastroenterology, cardiology, pediatrics, oncology, psychiatry, women's health and internal medicine.
Holistic therapies focus on lifestyle modifications such as nutrition, physical medicine, botanical medicine and much more. A holistic approach means support that looks at the whole person, not just symptoms. To addresses your mind and body. A collaboration to create personalized treatment plans that focus on your individual needs. No two patients receive the same treatment plan and we utilize evidence-based treatments from a broad functional medicine spectrum. These can include IV therapy, supplemental medicine, botanical medicine, regenerative techniques and nutrition to name a few.