Naturopathic medicine, a comprehensive system of primary care concentrating on prevention and treatment of health concerns, integrates modern science and centuries-old, successful, natural wisdom. Naturopathic doctors work cooperatively with all branches of medical science and are experts in the prevention, diagnosis, and management of acute and chronic health concerns. Naturopathic medicine focuses on a highly personalized approach to treatment: its goal is to stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself. Naturopathic medicine is an exceptional means to manage health concerns by complementing conventional medicine.
Naturopathic doctors follow these principles:
- The healing power of nature
- Identify and treat the causes
- First do no harm
- Doctor as teacher
- Treat the whole person
Naturopathic Medicine can treat a wide range of medication conditions from sinus issues to more complex medical issues like Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia, or infections like Lyme disease, or poorly understood illness such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Many people turn to Naturopathic Medicine when conventional medicine has failed them, but it does not have to be a last resort. Many people choose Naturopathic care for their primary form of treatment.
In addition to a primary care doctor’s medical training, naturopathic doctors have extensive instruction in natural therapies: counseling, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, physical medicine, hormone balancing, and craniosacral therapy. Naturopathic physicians are experts in detoxification and optimal health through balancing of body systems.
What Kind of Training Does a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) Receive?
In addition to a primary care doctor’s medical training, functional medicine/naturopathic doctors have extensive instruction in natural therapies: counseling, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, physical medicine, hormone balancing, and craniosacral therapy. These physicians are experts in detoxification and optimal health through balancing of body systems. Gordon Medical’s doctors are also in great demand as speakers to medical students, doctors, and the public.
How Can I Prepare for My Appointment?
Make a list of questions you have concerning your health. Bring a list of your supplements and medications to your appointment, and always tell your practitioner what you are taking. You may also want to bring a note pad for note taking, or arrange with our office to record your session. A lot of information is gone over in your first appointment.
Is It Safe?
Most forms of Naturopathic therapies are safe and non-invasive. Most herbs, homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplementation, and options like massage, and acupuncture are all wonderful therapies that would be considered safe and gentle. Some patients may be more sensitive to any treatment, even natural ones, and will need to proceed carefully. Our doctors have years of experience working with extremely sensitive patients.
Some aspects of Naturopathic Medicine can help develop improved digestion, healthy muscles and strong bones, and may be beneficial in promoting general good health. Our doctors look at the whole person when considering any treatment. As always, discuss in detail with your practitioner before starting any new medical treatments.