Naturopathic physicians can serve as your medical home, providing physical examinations, ordering appropriate lab testing and imaging, referring to specialists as needed, managing medications and supplements, and most importantly serving as an educational resource and guide to better health.
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct type of primary care medicine that blends age-old healing traditions with scientific advances and current research. It is guided by a unique set of principles that recognize the body’s innate healing capacity, emphasize disease prevention, and encourage individual responsibility to obtain optimal health. The naturopathic physician strives to thoroughly understand each patient’s condition, and views symptoms as the body’s means of communicating an underlying imbalance. Treatments address the patient’s underlying condition, rather than individual presenting symptoms. Modalities utilized by naturopathic physicians include diet and clinical nutrition, behavioral change, exercise counseling, specific nutrient therapy, botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, hydrotherapy, pharmaceuticals, and minor surgery.