Naturopathic medicine is a system of primary health care that integrates current, evidence-based science and traditional philosophy into a unique form of treatment using natural therapies. Disease is often a symptom of an overwhelmed body trying to heal itself. We always seek to treat the underlying disease using natural, minimally interfering methods without simply masking symptoms.
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are highly educated health care providers who graduate from accredited medical schools. We treat patients as the unique individuals they are, recognizing that health is not merely the absence of disease, but thriving in all areas of physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Naturopathic medicine emphasizes education and prevention, using natural therapies to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself.
Treatments may include clinical nutrition, lifestyle counselling, botanical/herbal medicine, supplementation, acupuncture, traditional Asian medicine, homeopathic medicine, and physical therapies.
We also offer many lab tests that aren’t available through other practitioners helping to uncover the true reason of why you’re not feeling like your normal self. This helps ensure that we’re managing the cause of illness and disease and not providing temporary bandaid solutions.
Naturopathic Medicine- It’s real and it works
Using cutting edge, evidence-based medical treatments that most MDs don’t use yet, Naturopathic doctors are ahead of the curve, implementing the latest peer-reviewed studies when typically it takes 20 years for research to be reviewed, accepted, and implemented into traditional medical practice. Just because we use natural therapies instead of pharmaceuticals whenever we can doesn’t mean that what we’re doing isn’t powerful and effective.
Naturopathic Medicine is safe
Our number one guiding principle is do no harm. The treatments we use have fewer side effects and fewer risks than most conventional treatments. We monitor for interactions between herbs, drugs, and nutrients and make sure that the treatments we give have been established as safe for you in your unique situation.
Naturopathic Doctors are real Doctors
NDs are licensed by professional regulating bodies that hold them to high standards of care. We go through rigorous training that includes anatomy and physiology, diagnosis, and pathophysiology training similar to what MDs get. In addition to our standard medical curriculum, we learn naturopathic philosophies and innovative ways of thinking about medicine. Our education also includes over 1,000 clinical hours of real-world experience working with patients to help them get better before we’re licensed.
We know when to refer
Like most doctors, we don’t know everything about every topic. Sometimes, a case is outside of our scope of practice, or you may come in with a condition or concern that we don’t treat. In this case, we try our best to refer you to a health care provider who is able to treat you with the level of care you deserve.
We only recommend supplements you need
Supplementing your diet with micronutrients and concentrated doses of natural substances is very effective at getting your health back on track. NDs know what supplements will work for you, what drugs they interact with, when they’ve done their job and when they’re no longer needed. We only prescribe supplements for only as long as they’re needed- not a moment longer. My goal is always to get you feeling as good as you can, as quick as you can to minimize the length of time you’re taking a supplement.
NDs love their jobs!
Naturopathic doctors love helping people heal. We were drawn to the profession because we recognize that a holistic approach to health is best! Some of us healed our own illnesses with the help of naturopathic medicine, or we saw our friends and family heal from diseases they’d been told were impossible to heal from! Ask any ND why they love their job, and you’re bound to get a rich story!
If you want to find out why patients love naturopathic medicine, or want to hear my story about why I love my job, call and book an appointment now!