Naturopathic Physicians provide the least invasive, most natural treatments that they determine will be effective and safe.
Naturopathic physicians understand that dietary patterns form the foundaton of health and frequently use specific dietary plans, therapeutic fasting, and nutritional supplements as a first step towards correcting their patient’s health problems.
Plants have a long history of use in medicine and they possess powerful healing properties. Naturopathic physicians use plant preparations like teas and tinctures for their healing effects, nutritional value, and excellent safety profile.
This gentle, effective system of medicine is more than 200 years old and is based on the principle that “Like cures Like”. Homeopathic medicines are very small doses of natural substances that can stimulate the body’s inherent self-healing response without side effects.
Naturopathic medicine uses methods of therapeutic manipulation for muscles and bones, as well as therapeutic exercise, massage, hydrotherapy, gentle electrical therapies, ultrasound, and applications of heat and cold.
Naturopathic physicians are trained in the fundamentals of oriental medicine and diagnosis. They may use acupressure and Chinese herbal medicine to promote healing, and with additional training may also perform acupuncture.
Lifestyle Counseling and Stress Management
Mental attitudes and emotional states are important elements in healing and disease. Naturopathic physicians are trained in lifestyle counseling and stress management, and may employ techniques such as hypnotherapy, meditation, and biofeedback.
Natural Child Birth
Naturopathic physicians, with additional specialty training, can provide natural childbirth for their patients. These NDs offer prenatal and postnatal care using appropriate diagnostic techniques and therapies. They are also trained to support normal and healthy development through baby’s first years of life.
Minor Office Procedures
Naturopathic physicians can perform in-office minor surgery as well as other minor procedures including the repair of superficial wounds and the removal of foreign bodies, warts and cysts with local anesthesia and natural therapies.
Naturopathic physicians also have expertise in drug/herb/nutrient interactions. They are required to take numerous classes in pharmacology in addition to their training in herbs and nutrition to safely use herbs and supplements.