There are many ways to describe Naturopathic Medicine. But, the best way to describe it is to experience it. Naturopathic doctors deliver some of the best care in the healthcare industry.
Naturopathic medicine emphasizes optimal health through prevention and treatment using conventional and traditional tools and methods. It combines modern, cutting edge science together with the natural wisdom of the human body. Naturopathic physicians (ND’s) are skillfully trained to identify obstacles to cure and use comprehensive diagnosis and treatment to help restore the body’s natural ability to heal. Naturopaths are dedicated to providing the best care while focusing on minimizing harm. To learn more about the naturopathic profession such as professional education and licensure, please visit the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
One of the main principles of naturopathic medicine is to treat the whole person. Treating the whole person means not looking at just the presenting symptoms, but at the underlying cause, which may be environmental, social, mental, emotional, physical, genetic, and spiritual. It is the job of a naturopathic doctor with the help of the patient to find out on what level healing needs to take place and the best course of action--sometimes it is as simple as a dietary change, and other times more involved requiring in office treatment and at home care.
The practice of naturopathic medicine utilizes an array of evaluation and treatment techniques. Your initial appointment will begin with clinical and maybe laboratory work up followed by treatment using nutrition, botanical medicine, nutraceuticals, physical medicine, homeopathy, prescriptive medicine, and intravenous as well as injection therapies to name just a few. Naturopathic doctors are trained to deliver excellent primary care, however, some choose to specialize and complete extra training, internships, and residencies to achieve competency. At Proactive Health we specialize in performance medicine and help people live a pain free, fulfilling life.