ABOUT OUR MEDICINE

What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

A Naturopathic Doctor, or ND, is a physician trained at an accredited postgraduate institution.

An ND attends a rigorous four year medical program studying basic science courses such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and pathology.

NDs also learn about various health and healing interventions including therapies in botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, hydrotherapy, nutrition and counseling.

They must complete several hours of clinical training under the supervision of an advising physician, and pass board examinations.Natural Reflections-web 6

A Naturopathic Doctor treats patients based on the belief that the body has the wisdom to heal itself. They work with their patients to find individualized treatments to support the healing process.

 

The Naturopathic Philosophy of Care:

1. Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae) – The physical body is constantly working to maintain health and Naturopathic Doctors work to support that process.

2. First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)- NDs strive to use methods that are least invasive but extremely effective in aiding in the healing process.

3. Doctor as Teacher (Docere) – Time is spent during visits educating patients about their conditions and how to reach their health goals.

4. Address the Underlying Cause (Totalle Causeum)  – The goal is to address the underlying issues causing the symptoms experienced by the patient.

5. Treat the Whole Person – Human beings are more than their physical bodies.  Treatments are aimed to address health on all levels; mental, emotional, and physical.

6. Prevention – The best way to avoid the progression of any illness is prevention. NDs work with patients through education to teach ways to live happier and healthier.

 

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The first visit is spent getting to know our patients and their health goals. We spend an hour together, and there will be a short physical exam pertinent to the complaints we discuss. We ask patients to bring medication and supplements to their visit. Initial paperwork that is turned in at the first visit can be downloaded from this website under “Patient Forms” on the side-bar menu.