About Naturopathic Medicine
A Licensed naturopathic medical doctor (N.M.D.) attends a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an M.D. but also studies holistic and natural approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician is required to complete four years of training in clinical nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, physical medicine, and counseling (to encourage people to make lifestyle changes in support of their personal health). A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician.
What does this mean to you?
A Naturopathic Medical Doctor skillfully intertwines what has become two distinct systems- western healthcare and alternative healthcare- into one complete method of treatment. An N.M.D. combines traditional Western medical training (a thorough history, physical exam, lab work, imaging studies, writing prescriptions when necessary, and minor surgical procedures) with alternative therapeutic training (clinical nutrition, acupuncture, spinal manipulation, botanical medicine, counseling, homeopathy, and regenerative injection therapy) for the best individualized patient centered medical care. A Naturopathic Medical Doctor educates you about your healthcare options and empowers you as an individual to achieve your health goals.
Applied philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine:
- Naturopathic Medicine is founded in the belief that the whole person should be treated, not just a symptom like a high blood pressure, a high blood sugar reading, or a cough.
- Naturopathic Medicine is a system of prevention. The ideal goal is to avoid or stop disease development rather than just keep symptoms at bay.
- Naturopathic Medicine is getting to the root of the cause. Why does the person have diabetes (the factors that are involved in its development) rather than what is the drug of choice to lower blood sugar.
- Naturopathic Medicine supports the body and mind and stimulates the body’s own wisdom to heal itself, from the inside out
- Naturopathic Medicine offers a wide variety of tools to use with each patient and takes the time to find out which of those many tools would best suit you, the patient, as an individual.