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Explaining Naturopathic Medicine

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Some say it’s the medicine that has always been around - utilizing the world around us to activate our body’s innate healing power. However, in present times, I perceive it as a convergence of customary practices (herbal medicine, water-based treatments, diet) with contemporary treatments (medications, surgery), all while considering the unique needs of each patient.

What does this entail?

During new visits, we allocate 1.5 hours to delve into significant life events that have not only impacted you physically, but also spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. Our aim is to address the root cause, rather than merely treating symptoms.Follow-up appointments typically last around 45 minutes, during which we review previous symptoms and address any newly emerging concerns.

Commonly used terms:

  • Alternative: Rejecting conventional medical practices and choosing solely natural products and therapies to "address" your condition.

  • Conventional: Adhering to the Western standard of care for diagnosing, treating, and managing illnesses, such as chemotherapy and radiation for cancer.

  • Holistic: Referring to a style of medicine that considers you as a complete individual, encompassing mind, body, spirit, and emotion, rather than just a specific approach.

  • Integrative*: Combining evidence-based complementary therapies with conventional treatments to provide comprehensive and holistic care..

*Naturopathic medicine and integrative medicine can be used interchangeably since both approaches strive to integrate various modalities.

What other factors should you consider?

Some online educational institutions offer training programs for individuals aspiring to become holistic doctors. However, it is crucial to seek out regional and programmatic accreditation that is acknowledged by the United States Department of Education, along with meeting consistent regulatory standards for licensure. The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) is the sole accrediting organization recognized by the United States Department of Education for naturopathic programs.


For a comprehensive understanding of naturopathic medicine, you can find detailed information on the subject through the American Association of Naturopathic Medicine's website.



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