What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic doctors work to identify underlying causes of illness, and develop personalized treatment plans to address them. They believe you know your body better than anyone else, and will ask you detailed questions not only about your symptoms, but also about your environment, living situation, mental health and family history in order to understand what might be causing your symptoms.
Naturopathic doctors will use diagnostic tools such as detailed health, disease, and prescription drug histories, physical exams, and targeted laboratory testing and imaging when assessing your needs. Then, when a treatment plan is being considered, naturopathic doctors will want to make sure you know your options and will collaborate with you on decisions regarding your care.
An important underlying principle of naturopathic medicine is “doctor as teacher.” Naturopathic doctors will often spend 30-90 minutes with their patients and also want you to ask questions and interact with them to make sure you thoroughly understand your overall health, chronic issues you might have, or diseases for which you might be at risk.
Equally important, naturopathic doctors will work closely with you over time to help ensure your success. For example, they might help you shift your mindset to make and sustain lifestyle changes or modify your expectations about how quickly you will see improvement. As an empowered patient, here’s how you can help naturopathic doctors help you:
• Get to know yourself and your body better so you can provide detailed information about symptoms and how you feel
• Try to answer questions you’ll be asked about all aspects of your life and lifestyle as honestly as you can
• Be prepared to ask questions of your own, engage in a dialogue about your health, and participate in decision-making about treatment options.
Bottom line, what you choose to do can make as much or more of a difference to your health than any decisions even the most knowledgeable and
skilled naturopathic doctor might make for you.
• Traditional medicine
• A blend of natural therapy with current advances in diagnosis and treatment
• Based on the premise that the human body can heal itself
• Concerned with finding the underlying as well as immediate, cause of illness
• Treatment for the whole person (evaluating physical, mental, emotional, nutritional, environmental, genetic and lifestyle factors)
• Prevention and treatment of disease through education, early detection and risk factor analysis
• A safe, less expensive alternative or adjunct to long-term health care and many kind of non-emergency surgery
• An active commitment to your good health
How do naturopathic doctors empower people to take charge of their health?
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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 physicians work in private practices, hospitals, clinics and community health centers. NDs practice throughout the United States and Canada. Qualified naturopathic physicians undergo rigorous training before they become licensed health-care practitioners. Visit our Professional Education page to learn about naturopathic education.
NDs treat all medical conditions and can provide both individual and family health care. Among the most common ailments they treat are allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. NDs can perform minor surgeries, such as removing cysts or stitching up superficial wounds. However, they do not practice major surgery. NDs are trained to utilize prescription drugs, although the emphasis of naturopathic medicine is the use of natural healing agents.
Naturopathic medicine is…
The Center for Natural Medicine is a full service, Connecticut licensed Naturopathic clinic
providing a wide spectrum of natural family medicine. Treatment plans are individually and uniquely prescribed based on the medical necessity of each patient.
Our mission as a natural healthcare facility, is to encourage wellness in each and every person. We work with our patients to eliminate the underlying factors in the disease process to restore balance and optimal health- today and for years to come.