Nature + Science
Naturopathic physicians combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Steeped in traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health.
Naturopathic doctors are trained to use prescription drugs, although they first emphasize naturopathic medicine and natural healing agents. They can diagnose the way MDs do—yet, they bring to the patient a whole new arsenal of treatments and insights. Instead of waiting for a disease to emerge, NDs work to head it off before it happens.
What to Expect
A Naturopathic physician will cover a lot in the initial appointment with you, so intake paperwork will need to be completed in advance of the appointment. Naturopathic Doctors are an important part of a comprehensive medical team. They may order lab work and other diagnostic tests and may make referrals to other providers or specialists.