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What is a naturopathic doctor?
Naturopathic doctors are licensed physicians trained in medicine by an accredited university of naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic doctors are steeped in the wisdom of traditional healing modalities but are trained in modern methods of patient care as well. Naturopaths take a holistic and proactive approach to healing the body and seek to use safe, non-invasive approaches to minimize potential harm.
NDs are trained to treat most medical conditions and provide individual and family health care. A few of the common ailments they treat include: allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
NDs can perform minor surgeries, such as removing cysts or stitching up superficial wounds. However, they do not practice major surgery. NDs are trained to utilize prescription drugs, although the emphasis of naturopathic medicine is the use of natural healing agents.
How are naturopathic doctors trained?
Naturopathic medical students at accredited ND colleges study the same core medical sciences as MD students; they receive many hours of supervised clinical training, learning to diagnose disease and gaining experience treating patients. The main difference between the two medicines is that Naturopathic Doctors are trained to treat the whole person, and to identify and treat the underlying imbalances with safe and effective natural therapies. Pharmaceutical medications and surgery are still occasionally prescribed, but generally only rarely.
What kind of conditions do you treat?
Nearly all conditions can be improved or eliminated by the care of a naturopathic doctor. Dr. Nicole treats most diseases and imbalances, and refers patients to other medical experts when appropriate.
Are Naturopathic Doctors against all conventional prescriptions and medical treatments?
Absolutely not. Ever since the discovery of penicillin, scientific advances in pharmacology have saved countless lives and improved wellness for generations of people.
There are some modalities in conventional medicine for which naturopathic medicine provides no substitute. However, there are many levels of intervention that can be used to return a person to health and the most modern method may not be the healthiest method for the patient.
As a general rule, naturopathic doctors favor using the least invasive methods. This might mean rest, hydration, or immune-boosting herbs with antimicrobial properties for a respiratory infection. If that approach fails, then a naturopathic doctor might opt to prescribe antibiotics or refer the patient out to another specialist – the health of the patient is the ultimate concern of any doctor, regardless of whether they are naturopathic or medical.
In fact, naturopathic doctors often work with medical doctors to provide adjunct care, such as natural treatments for the side effects of oncologist-prescribed chemotherapy. The basic philosophy of the naturopathic doctor is that the patient has the ultimate responsibility for their own health and always has the final say about what level of intervention is used for their care.