What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are general medicine doctors who focus on restoring health and preventing disease. A naturopathic doctor will determine the root causes of your health problems and partner with you to develop an individualized program to address them using the safest, most effective treatments available.
Naturopathic doctors look at you as a whole person, not as an illness. Naturopathic doctors understand that the body has strong natural defenses and the ability to heal itself, even from many serious conditions. Chronic illnesses occur when these protective mechanisms are not working properly. Poor diet, stress, lack of exercise, and a number of environmental toxins disrupt the body’s natural balance. NDs use a wide range of non-toxic therapies such as dietary change, nutritional supplementation, detoxification, homeopathy and herbs to strengthen the body. Following a naturopathic doctor’s guidelines is a sure path to better health, and often fully restores a patient’s well-being.
Naturopathic medicine combines the best of conventional medical diagnostic testing with alternative medicine treatments, allowing people to maximize health, minimize reliance on prescription drugs, and take active steps toward longer, healthier lives.
Naturopathic doctors are committed to:
- Addressing the fundamental causes of health problems, not just the symptoms.
- Supporting the body’s natural healing ability.
- Using the safest, most effective medicines available.
- Partnering with you and showing you how to improve your health.
- Looking at all aspects of a person — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
- Preventing diseases.
- Prescribing pharmaceutical drugs only when absolutely necessary.
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What is a DO?
Osteopathic physicians (DOs) are trained very similarly to medical doctors (MDs). The main differences are that they focus more on preventive care and holisitic approaches to medicine and that they have additional training in musculoskeletal issues and OMT.