By Sara Whitney, Naturopathic Doctor
First Question: What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a unique system of medicine that focuses on prevention of disease and real solutions for healing chronic conditions. It combines the rigor of conventional medicine with the wisdom of traditional therapies that are backed by science. Naturopathic medicine combines numerous modalities that include, but are not limited to botanical medicine, nutrition, lifestyle counseling, supplement prescribing, IV therapy, stress management, homeopathy, cranial sacral therapy, bio-identical hormones, therapeutic manipulations and pharmaceutical prescriptions. Through longer patient visits people are given the time and space to be heard while Naturopathic doctors help to guide them to improve their quality of life using the following key principles.
1) Do No Harm 2) The Healing Power of Nature 3) Find the Cause
4) Treat the Whole Person 5) Prevention 6) Doctor as Teacher
For a more in depth explanation of these principles check out this link: http://www.myerscocktailla.com/the-principles-of-natropathic-medicine/
Second Question: How is a Naturopathic Doctor different from a Medical Doctor?
Naturopathic doctors train at a four year accredited medical school similar to MD programs, but in addition to the basic science curriculum they go on to study other modalities beyond drugs and surgery. They have the same type of board and licensing exams as MDs and can serve as primary care doctors and/or specialists. Naturopathic doctors help patients determine what their body needs to not only prevent disease, but to function and thrive at an optimal level. They work alongside Medical doctors and in conjunction with them to ensure patients are getting the best care possible.
Third Question: When is Naturopathic Medicine the best option for you?
Naturopathic medicine is great for people who want to be involved in their healthcare and are willing to make changes to their dietary and lifestyle habits. It is perfect for people who are open-minded to different strategies other than prescriptions and for those who want to focus on the prevention of disease. It is also a refreshing option for those who have been struggling with a chronic aliment that they are not seeing the improvement they desire using conventional treatment.
For more information, check out our National or State Association websites or call to set up a free 15 min phone consult to see if it is right for you: 424-394-1610
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