What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a unique system of primary health care that emphasizes disease prevention and the promotion of optimal health utilizing safe and effective natural therapies. Naturopathic medicine stimulates the body’s innate self-healing process by blending centuries old knowledge of natural therapies with current scientific advances in medicine. It is commonly labeled by the dominant school of medicine as “complementary and alternative medicines” but actually functions as a primary healthcare system that is able to meet the needs of today’s culturally diverse, modern society. Its scope of practice includes all aspects of family medicine, from pediatrics to geriatrics.

Naturopathic doctors are able to work in integrated settings with other health care providers resulting in a patient-centered approach that seeks to provide the most comprehensive and appropriate treatment to meet each individual’s needs.

Naturopathic Care is a distinct system of health care that emphasizes prevention and self healing. A great deal of time is spent focusing and identifying on the underlying cause of disease. The therapeutic tools used in naturopathic medicine (including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and physical medicine) integrate conventional care with natural therapies.

Healing requires time, commitment, and awareness. Since treatments are focused on more than just a pill, health is attained as the underlying cause of disease is reduced (or eliminated!). We seek to empower you, as you have the power to do more for your own long term health than any doctor or drug, you might just need someone to teach you how.

Chances are you sought out a naturopathic doctor because you realized that you need to change; you want your health to change for the better. And congratulations, because booking your first appointment is your first step towards that change.

Your health is not like anyone else's. You are not defined by your condition or disease, you are a person with a unique personal and medical history. We recognize this, and we strive to provide care that is designed uniquely for you. We individualize every single patient's treatment to fit their health condition, goals, and lifestyle.

The principles of Naturopathic Medicine

First Do No Harm - "primum non nocere"

Naturopathic medicine uses therapies that are safe and effective.

The Healing Power of Nature - "vis medicatrix naturae"

The human body possesses the inherent ability to restore health. The physician’s role is to facilitate this process with the aid of natural, nontoxic therapies.

Discover and Treat the Cause - "tolle causam"

Naturopathic physicians seek and treat the underlying cause of a disease. Symptoms are viewed as expressions of the body’s natural attempt to heal. The origin of disease is removed or treated so the patient can recover.

Treat the Whole Person - "tolle totum"

The multiple factors in health and disease are considered while treating the whole person. Physicians provide flexible treatment programs to meet individual health care needs.

The Physician is a Teacher - "docere"

The physician’s major role is to educate, empower, and motivate patients to take responsibility for their own health. Creating a healthy cooperative relationship with the patient has a strong therapeutic value.

Prevention is the best ``cure`` - "praevenire"

Naturopathic physicians are preventive medicine specialists. Physicians assess patient risk factors and heredity susceptibility and intervene appropriately to reduce risk and prevent illness. Prevention of disease is best accomplished through education and a lifestyle that supports health.

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Access your naturopathic primary care or specialist from home via a Telehealth (virtual) platform. Our Telehealth offerings are a natural extension of our promise to deliver high quality, integrative, truly patient-centered care. Telehealth can not only improve health outcomes, but is more convenient and accessible for patients. You can use your naturopathic Telehealth visits for follow-ups, urgent care needs, or even for your first meeting with the doctor provided a physical exam is not required.

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Looking for help with some of life's common issues like colds/flu, sore throats, UTIs, infections, bumps/bruises and many first aid needs such as sprains/strains/fractures and burns?

We can provide safe, effective, and natural options for you and your family, including answers to common questions you might have about symptoms, lab testing and results as well as help reviewing a treatment plan that might be complicated and confusing.

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