Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care. It is an art, science, philosophy and practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness. The principles of naturopathic medicine are based upon the objective observation of the nature of health and disease, and are continually reexamined in the light of scientific advances.
Naturopathic physicians combine the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Steeped in traditional healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. It is the naturopathic physician’s role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment.
Naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment.
ProteinYour experience visiting a naturopathic physician may vary significantly from what your are used to if your main interaction with healthcare providers has been visiting western medical doctors. A naturopathic physician will take time with you. During your first appointment, your naturopathic physician will take your health history, find out about your diet, stress levels, use of tobacco and alcohol, and discuss your reasons for visiting a naturopathic physician. The naturopathic physician will work with you to set up a customized health management strategy. If necessary, your naturopathic physician will refer you to other health-care practitioners.
A first visit with a patient may last one to two hours and follow-up visits range from 30 to 60 minutes, although this varies depending on the ND. Naturopathic physicians need sufficient time to ask questions and understand the patient’s health goals. NDs also need time to gather information, do an appropriate examination and teach his or her patients about managing their condition and improving their health. An ND may also use diagnostic tests to fully understand their patient’s health status. Besides taking the time to carefully and fully assess a patient’s root problem, NDs speak and understand the language of conventional medicine.
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