Today marks the start of Naturopathic Medicine Week 2016! I am thrilled to be joined by naturopathic medical student, Andriana Setnik, who has collaborated with me on a series of guest blogs answering all of your important questions about naturopathic medicine. Today we begin at the beginning - What is Naturopathic Medicine? Check out the answer below & stay tuned all week for more important information on our awesome profession and how it can help you feel you best.
Naturopathic medicine (sometimes called “naturopathy”) is a distinct form of primary healthcare. Naturopathic medicine can address both acute and chronic conditions, while emphasizing disease prevention, by using natural therapies to harness the self-healing processes of the body and mind.
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) combine the wisdom of centuries-old medical traditions and the philosophy of nature cure with the latest medical research to bring their patients a truly holistic, integrative and functional approach to healthcare.
NDs follow a model of person-centered medicine rather than the disease-centered model practiced by many conventional physicians. The focus becomes the underlying cause of disease rather than an isolated set of symptoms. NDs educate their patients on their personal health management, empowering them to live healthier lives for the long term. Naturopathic doctors will provide primary-care assessment (including lab testing) and treat with singular applications or combinations of clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, Chinese medicine, botanical medicine, homeopathy, bodywork, and lifestyle counseling.
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