What is Naturopathic Medcine?

Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention and treatment through the primary use of natural substances such as supplements, botanical herbs and nutrition. The goal is to promote the body’s self-healing process as naturally and minimally invasive as possible.

There are six principles at the foundation of Naturopathic medicine:

First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)

The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)

Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam)

Treat the Whole Person (Tolle Totum)

Doctor as Teacher (Docere)

Prevention Beats Cure (Praeveniere)

 

Naturopathic medicine practices the following diagnostic and therapeutic tools below:

Clinical and laboratory diagnostic testing

Nutritional medicine

Botanical medicine

Naturopathic physical medicine (including Naturopathic manipulative therapy)

Public health measures

Hygiene

Counseling

Minor surgery*

Homeopathy

Hydrotherapy

Acupuncture*

Prescription medication*

Intravenous and injection therapy*

Naturopathic obstetrics (natural childbirth)*

 

*This is not currently available for all licensed states.

 

Your First Visit:

Naturopathic doctors are often known as “the doctors who listen”. This just means a Naturopathic doctor will take time with you. During your first appointment, your health history, diet, stress levels, tobacco and alcohol use will be discussed in addition to your reason for the visit. An examination may be performed and diagnostic tests may be ordered. A customized health management strategy is formed and a referral to other health-care practitioners will be made if necessary. The first visit may last one to two hours and follow-up visits range from 30 to 60 minutes.