What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic medicine draws from both traditional wisdom and modern scientific advances to promote health, and prevent and treat disease.
Naturopathic philosophy favors an holistic approach to your health, which means that patient visits are typically longer to provide the doctor enough time to consider all aspects of the patients health before recommending treatments or further assessments. Treatments might include dietary advice, nutritional supplements, exercise and lifestyle advice, acupuncture and herbal therapies, or hands-on physical therapies. Because of this broad scope of practice, Naturopathic Doctors are often thought of as the GP's of alternative and complementary health care.
What is a Naturopathic Doctor’s Role?
The Naturopathic Doctor is a primary care physician, which means he/she can be your first point of care when you have a medical problem. ND's are trained to take an extensive medical history, perform a physical examination, and review all relevant medical tests (such as lab work or imaging) before reaching a diagnosis and treatment plan for each patient. Many ND's work alongside medical doctors to support patients who have limited medical options and to work pro-actively with patients to prevent illness through better lifestyle and health choices.