What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct method of primary health care – it is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. Naturopathic doctors use methods and substances which work in harmony with the body. Some of these include natural therapeutics such as botanicals, nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, dietetics, traditional medicine, homeopathy, and prescribing bio-identical hormones.
Naturopathic doctors work with their patients to prevent and treat acute and chronic illness and disease, restore health and establish optimal fitness. This is accomplished through:
Naturopathic doctors emphasize the prevention of disease-assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.
Diagnosis and evaluation of the individual’s state of health are accomplished by integrated modern and traditional, and appropriate methods of laboratory and clinical diagnosis.
Treatment and Care
Therapeutic methods and substances are used which work in harmony with the person’s inherent self-help process, including: dietetics and nutritional substances, botanical medicine, prescription hormones, homeopathy, acupuncture and counseling.