What is a Naturopathic Physician

 What is a Naturopathic Physician?

 

As a Naturopathic physician I was educated and trained in accredited naturopathic medical university – Bastyr University. I was trained to diagnose, prevent, and treat acute and chronic illness to restore and establish optimal health by supporting the person’s inherent self-healing process. I  work to identify underlying causes of illness, and develop personalized treatment plans to address them rather than just suppressing symptoms, Naturopathic Physician’s Therapeutic Order™ identifies the natural order in which all therapies should be applied to provide the greatest benefit with the least potential for damage.

  1. Remove Obstacles to Health. Health, the “natural state” of one’s body, is disturbed by obstacles that lead to disease. The first step in returning to health is to remove the entities that disturb health such as:
    1.  poor diet
    2. digestive disturbances
    3. inappropriate and chronic stress levels
    4. individual disharmony.

I will, with your help, construct a healthy regimen based on your “obstacles to health” to change and improve the terrain in which the disease developed. This allows additional therapeutics to have the most beneficial effects possible.

  1. Stimulate the Self-Healing Mechanisms. I use therapies to stimulate and strengthen the body’s innate self-healing and curative abilities. These therapies include modalities such as:
    1.  clinical nutrition
    2.  botanical medicines
    3.  constitutional hydrotherapy
    4.  homeopathy
    5.  crainiosacral therepy (CST)
  1. Strengthen Weakened Systems. Systems that need repair are addressed at this level of healing. I have an arsenal of therapeutics available to enhance specific tissues, organs or systems including:
    1. lifestyle intervention
    2. dietary modifications
    3. botanical medicine
    4. orthomolecular therapy (use of substances that occur naturally in the body such as vitamins, amino acids, minerals)
    5. homeopathy
    6. nutritional intravenous therapy
  1. Correct Structural Integrity. Physical modalities such as craniosacral therapy are used to improve and maintain skeletal and musculature integrity.
  2. Use Natural Substances to Restore and Regenerate. My primary objective is to restore health, not to treat pathology. However, when a specific pathology must be addressed, I employ safe, effective, natural substances that do not add toxicity or additionally burden the already distressed body.
  3. Use Pharmacologic Substances to Halt Progressive Pathology. I am trained in pharmacology and how to use pharmaceutical drugs when necessary. My state license permits me to prescribe these agents themselves..
  4. Use High Force, Invasive Modalities: Surgery.When life, limb, or function must be preserved, I refer patients to MDs who are expertly trained in these arenas. At the same time, NDs use complementary or supportive therapies to decrease side effects and increase the effectiveness of these invasive procedures.

Naturopathic medical education curricula include certain areas of study not covered in conventional medical school. At the same time, aspiring naturopathic doctors receive training in the same biomedical and diagnostic sciences as MDs and osteopathic doctors (DOs). The result is a comprehensive, rigorous, and well-rounded scientific medical education that is both comparable and complementary to that of MDs and DOs.

 

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