Naturopathic medicine (sometimes called “naturopathy”) is a distinct form of primary healthcare addressing both acute and chronic conditions. It emphasizes disease prevention and functional medicine, and uses natural therapies to harness the intrinsic, self-healing processes of the body and mind.
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) combine the wisdom of centuries-old medical traditions and the philosophy of nature cure with the latest empirical medical research to bring their patients a truly holistic, integrative and functional approach to healthcare. NDs follow a model of person-centered medicine rather than a disease-centered model. The focus becomes the underlying cause of disease rather than an isolated set of symptoms. Furthermore, NDs educate their patients on their personal health management, empowering them to live healthier lives for the long term.
Naturopathic doctors provide primary-care assessment (including lab testing), and treat with a singular application or a combination of multiple modalities (i.e. acupuncture, botanical medicine, etc). Our methods are supported by research drawn from peer-reviewed journals, covering many disciplines including, but not limited to: naturopathic medicine, conventional medicine, functional medicine, complimentary and alternative medicine, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, pharmacognosy, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, traditional Chinese medicine, psychology, bodywork and spirituality.
NDs spend time with their patients listening to their histories and looking at the interactions between genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that may influence long term health and complex chronic disease. In doing so, we are truly using a holistic approach to healthcare, empowering our patients to love, heal and shine.