A serious to discuss Naturopathic approach. So What is Naturopathy ?
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?
You’re also a nurse practitioner. Why did you pursue a dual degree?
During my naturopathic training I completed a three-month clinical rotation in a hospital in rural Nicaragua. I worked with a variety of health care providers there and realized that nursing and naturopathy are rooted in one major tenet: patient education. I also saw firsthand how much naturopathic medicine had to offer communities with limited resources.
After that experience, I felt compelled to make naturopathic care more accessible to various populations nationally and worldwide. I’m a New York native, but without my additional NP license, I’m not licensed to practice in my home state. One of my goals is to bring naturopathic care to New York and beyond……..
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