Is There Help From Naturopathy for your issues? See what one medical says about it.
As one of three naturopathic doctors (NDs) here at One Medical, I field a lot of questions about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and I routinely encounter a lot of confusion about my specialty. To keep patients informed about all things CAM-related, here’s everything you ever wanted to know about naturopathic medicine and my integrative practice.
What is a naturopathic doctor?
Naturopathic medicine and allopathic, or conventional, medicine share the same diagnostic approach. That includes a thorough history, physical exam, lab testing, and/or diagnostic imaging. Where naturopathy and allopathic medicine diverge is in treatment strategy as well as the underlying philosophies that guide them.
Naturopathic medicine is grounded in the belief that the human body has an innate ability to heal itself and the treatments we employ simply support that process. Therefore, our initial treatments are the most minimally invasive therapies we know to be effective. This usually means starting with lifestyle and diet modifications. If those changes are enough to restore health, great! If not, we move to additional treatments that gradually become more invasive.
What are some naturopathic treatments?
Some of the tools I use are therapeutic nutrition, herbal remedies, nutrient supplementation including high doses of vitamins or minerals, homeopathy, and counseling. In certain states, licensed naturopaths also practice physical manipulation similar to chiropractic adjustments or osteopathic manipulation.
We use these treatments at therapeutic doses for specific purposes, just as conventional doctors use pharmaceuticals. If these treatments are not enough, we often use pharmaceuticals as well……
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