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Naturopathic Medicine

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Naturopathic Modalities

Nutrition and supplementation – Proper nutrition is the foundation of health and healing. It is the most important modality. Supplements can be used to enhance nutritional status or healing. 

Botanical medicine – Herbs can be used for acute and chronic conditions and can aid a number of physiological processes in the body. They can be used in the form of capsules, teas, tinctures, and topicals.

Naturopathic physical medicine – Similar to chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation, naturopathic physical medicine is the manual correction of structural misalignments in the body.

Hydrotherapy – Hydrotherapy is the application of hot and cold, through the use of water, to parts of the body to stimulate healing, immune response, circulation, and lymphatic drainage. 

Homeopathy – Homeopathy is a safe and effective way to treat nearly any medical condition. Without any dangerous side effects, it is ideal for mental health conditions, children, and highly sensitive patients. 

Acupuncture – The application of (small) needles along energetic meridians in the body can be a powerful tool in reducing pain, stimulating the immune system and healing, and aiding a number of other physiological processes in the body. 

Environmental medicine – Heavy metal toxicities, chemical sensitivities, allergies, and food sensitivities can be major obstacles to health that most physicians overlook and can be the main cause of many chronic health conditions. 

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Naturopathic Principles & Philosophy

Licensed naturopathic physicians (NDs/NMDs) attend a 4 year medical training at a federally accredited naturopathic medical school and pass the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam (NPLEX). Naturopathic physicians receive the same basic medical sciences coursework as MDs, with similar clinical rotation and patient-contact requirements prior to graduation. However, NDs receive additional training in the areas of medical nutrition, nutritional supplementation, botanical/herbal medicine, homeopathy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, environmental medicine, naturopathic physical medicine, hydrotherapy, and counseling. 


Naturopathic doctors practice medicine in accordance with the 6 naturopathic principles: 

  • First, Do No Harm – NDs use therapies that are safe and effective without suppressing symptoms.

  • The Healing Power of Nature – The human body has an inherent ability to heal itself. NDs support this process by enhancing the bodies environment and natural processes, and removing obstacles to health.

  • Identify and Treat the Cause – NDs focus on treating the underlying cause of disease, not merely suppressing symptoms. 

  • Treat the Whole Person – This includes body, mind, and spirit. Individualized, patient-centered care is essential in successfully treating any patient.

  • Doctor as Teacher – NDs’ primary objective is to teach their patients how to obtain and maintain optimal health by empowering them in their own healing journey.

  • Prevention – Prevention is always better than a cure.  

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