Naturopathic physicians (N.D.'s) are general practitioners
trained as specialists in natural medicine. They are
educated in the conventional medical sciences. Naturopathic
physicians treat using therapies from the sciences of
clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, physical medicine,
exercise medicine, exercise therapy, counseling, and
hydrotherapy. In practice, naturopathic physicians perform
physical examinations, laboratory testing, gynecological
exams, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic
analysis, allergy testing, X-ray examinations, and other
diagnostic tests. The naturopathic physician has a Doctor
of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) degree from a four-year
graduate level naturopathic medical college.
Naturopathic physicians work to restore and support
our inherent healing systems when they have broken down,
by using methods, medicines, and techniques that are
in harmony with natural processes.
Naturopathic physicians prefer non-invasive treatments,
which minimize the risks of harmful side effects
Every illness has an underlying cause, often related
to the lifestyle, diet, or habits of the individual.
Naturopathic physicians are trained to find and remove
the underlying cause of disease.
Health and disease come from a complex interaction of
physical, emotional, dietary genetic, environmental,
and lifestyle factors. Naturopathic physicians are trained
to find and remove the underlying cause of disease.
The naturopathic approach to health care can prevent
minor illnesses from developing into more serious, or
chronic degenerative, diseases. Patients can prevent
major illnesses by following the principles with which
to live a healthy life.
Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage
self-responsibility for health. We also recognize the
therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.