Naturopathic medicine combines centuries old
natural medicines from around the world, employing various natural means to
empower an individual to achieve their highest level of heath, emphasizing
wellness, not illness.
Naturopathic doctors often work in association with other medically-trained
professionals forming an integration of treatment choices for the benefit of
their patents. This complementary approach to medicine is especially helpful
with more seriously ill conditions that may require pharmaceuticals or
NDs undergo the same intense medical science training as do MDs. They are
the only primary care physicians, however, who are clinically trained in the
use of a wide variety of natural treatments, as well.
Clinical Nutrition - the cornerstone of naturopathic medicine. It
offers both the practice of using food to maintain health and the
therapeutic use of food to treat illness. Scientific research has shown that
many medical conditions can be treated as effectively with nutritional
supplements as they can by other means, with fewer complications and side
Homeopathy - a powerful system of medicine that is more than 200
years old. This medical system uses highly diluted substances to cure
illness. Homeopathic remedies act to enhance the body's innate immune
response and rarely have side effects. Some conditions that do not respond
well to conventional medicine will respond to homeopathic therapies.
Botanical Medicine - the use of plants as medicine. Many plant
substances are powerful medicines that are safe and effective when used
properly. A resurgence of scientific research in Europe and Asia is
demonstrating that some plant substances are superior to synthetic drugs in
Physical Medicine - includes naturopathic manipulation of the
muscles, bones, and spine. Heat and cold, gentle electrical impulses,
ultrasound, hydrotherapy and exercise therapy are also used.
Oriental Medicine - includes acupuncture, acupressure and botanical
medicine to diagnose and treat disease.
Counseling and Stress Management - Mental attitudes and emotional
states can be important elements in healing illness. Naturopathic
doctor's training includes counseling, nutritional balancing, stress
management, hydrotherapy, biofeedback and other methods.
Minor Surgery - including repair of superficial wounds and removal of
foreign bodies, cysts and other superficial masses, with local anesthesia as