Naturopathic medicine is an integrative approach to medicine with a focus on natural therapies and prevention. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained as primary care general practitioners. They are experts in the prevention, diagnosis, management, and treatment of acute and chronic health conditions.
NDs combine modern science with traditional and natural forms of medicine. NDs use conventional diagnostic assessment, a variety of evidence-based natural and non-invasive therapies, and recommend conventional therapies when necessary.
The naturopathic approach is holistic and patient-centered, and strives to provide the most appropriate treatment for each individual. This comprehensive approach enables NDs to find the underlying cause of illness, offers a large variety of treatment options, minimizes side effects, and has long-term health benefits.
Naturopathic doctors believe in the body’s innate ability to heal itself. The naturopathic approach emphasizes safer, less-invasive therapies. Doctors focus on prevention, educating patients on healthy lifestyle choices. They aim to treat the underlying cause of an illness while reducing symptoms. NDs address the physical, mental, and emotional health of each individual, resulting in a comprehensive approach.
Naturopathic treatments include nutrition, counseling, herbal medicine, therapeutic use of nutrient supplements, hydrotherapy, physical medicine, homeopathy, and stress reduction. NDs prescribe pharmaceutical medications when necessary and can effectively integrate them with natural therapies. Naturopathic treatments are effective in treating a wide variety of conditions without the need for additional intervention.
Naturopathic doctors are able to function within an integrated framework, and naturopathic therapies can be used to complement treatments used by conventionally trained medical doctors. The result is a patient-centered approach that strives to provide the most appropriate treatment for each individual.