Naturopathic doctors use both wisdom gained from nature and modern science to heal their patients. Steeped in traditional principles, practices, and healing methods, naturopathic medicine focuses both on holistic, proactive prevention and full diagnosis and treatment. By using practices that minimize risk, naturopathic physicians work to promote the body’s own ability to restore and maintain optimal health. Therefore, the naturopathic physician’s primary role is to identify and remove any barriers to good health by helping create a healing environment on both the inside and outside of the body.
Naturopathic medicine is well suited to treat all types of health issues from pediatric to geriatric, irritation to chronic illness, and from physical to psychological. What sets naturopathic medicine apart from other forms of health care is the approach, philosophy, and training of its practitioners.
Typically, there are three types of patients that benefit from naturopathic medical care:
- Patients that are looking for disease prevention and health promotion strategies. People that know good health know it doesn't just happen by chance and that it is in fact a life-long process that plays out on a daily basis are perfect for naturopathic medicine. The numbers of these types of patients is always increasing as more and more people are looking to create a healthy lifestyle.
- Patients with symptoms they have been unable to address on their own or with the help of other medical practitioners. With naturopathic medicine's unique understanding of the relationship between health, lifestyle, and the environment, naturopathic doctors are often able to offer patients a new perspective on restoring their health both safely and effectively.
- Patients that have been diagnosed with an illness and are looking for alternative treatments. Patients with serious and life threatening illnesses can find naturopathic medicine very effective at improving their quality of life while those looking to simply minimize the side effects of drugs, surgery, or conventional treatments can benefit greatly too.