Overview


Naturopathic Medicine blends ancient therapeutic traditions with the latest medical research. Naturopathic Doctors are trained in a multitude of natural therapies including clinical nutrition, homeopathy, Western herbs, physical medicine, lifestyle counseling, and hydrotherapy, among others. The philosophy from which Naturopathic Doctors operate is holistic and is founded on the concept that our bodies have a natural ability to heal themselves. Naturopathic Doctors are trained at accredited, four-year medical schools where they study basic and clinical medical sciences, and physical and laboratory diagnosis along with the unique blend of natural therapies.


Definition of Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process.  The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods. -
House of Delegates Position Paper, Amended 2011


Naturopathic Practice
Naturopathic practice includes the following diagnostic and therapeutic modalities: clinical and laboratory diagnostic testing, nutritional medicine, botanical medicine, naturopathic physical medicine, public health measures, hygiene, counseling, homeopathy, doTERRA Essential Oils.


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Women’s Health Issues


Safe and gentle natural therapies can augment any health regimen. Whether you want to increase your energy, sleep better, reduce menopausal and/or menstrual symptoms, improve fertility, recover from colds faster, attain your optimal weight, reduce cancer risk factors, prevent osteoporosis, or treat a specific disease, natural therapies can be used independently or in conjunction with conventional medical treatments.



Naturopathic Medicine for Women

By taking the time to get to know you and obtain a complete history, your doctor will be able to outline options for treatment and help you make an educated decision regarding your health. If necessary, additional non-invasive testing can be performed to help you understand what causes or contributes to your condition or health concerns. Finally, we can also provide natural treatment suggestions including nutrition, supplementation, herbal remedies, homeopathy, and/or therapeutic exercise.

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Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae): 
Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.

Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam): 
The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms. 

First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere):
Naturopathic physicians follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat; 
Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process. 

Doctor as Teacher (Docere): 
Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship. 

Treat the Whole Person: 
Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development. 

Prevention: 
Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.



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Frequently Asked Questions

What is naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic medicine focuses on working with the body's innate ability to heal itself by addressing the underlying causes of discomfort or
disease. Naturopathic Doctors use a number of therapies, including nutrition, herbal and botanical medicine, homeopathy, and lifestyle management.

Did you go to Medical School?
Yes! Naturopathic Doctors must attend an accredited four-year post-graduate naturopathic medical school that includes clinical practice and board certification. The same biomedical coursework as conventional medical school is studied for the first two years. During the second two years, the focus is on the specific modalities of natural medicine.

What are the appointments like?
For adults, an initial consult take about 1.5 hours. My goal is to listen and obtain a complete health history, and to assess how day-to-day life is impacting your body. But the end of the appointment patients leave with a treatment plan. Follow up appointments are typically 4-6 weeks after the first appointment.

Can you help me if I do not have a diagnosis?
Yes! This is why natural medicine is so helpful. Naturopathic Doctors look for ways that the body is dis-eased, or not at ease. The reason for such an extensive medical history is to understand the various ways the body is out of balance. We look at the symptoms, but also the myriad ways the body interacts, from food sensitivities and digestive health to lifestyle.