Naturopathic doctors emphasize prevention and thorough diagnostics to ensure that the root cause of your health problem is being addressed. After identifying the cause of the problem, Naturopathic Doctors utilize the following therapies to help you achieve optimal health.
● Clinical nutrition
● Botanical medicine
● Homeopathic medicine
● Physical medicine
● Lifestyle counseling
● Pharmaceutical consultation
How are naturopathic doctors trained?
All modern licensed naturopathic doctors have Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine degrees from federally recognized medical schools. Their education includes:
● The same premedical undergraduate coursework required by other schools of medicine
● A competitive application and admission process
● Graduation from a four-year, federally recognized, naturopathic medical school
● Two full years of supervised clinical internship
● Optional residency programs
● Clinical board exams are required for licensure
Naturopathic medical students study the same basic and clinical sciences as do other medical students, and in addition, a full spectrum of natural medicines and therapies.
How do naturopathic doctors diagnose and treat people?
As primary care providers, naturopathic doctors use:
● Standard medical diagnostic techniques such as extensive health history, physical examination, blood tests, radiology, and other standard laboratory procedures
● Holistic interpretation in order to find the underlying cause of the disease process
● Natural medicines and therapies as the first line of treatment, incorporating conventional treatments as needed
● Referrals to specialists and other providers as needed