Naturopathic Medicine is based on 6 philosophical tenets:
- First, do no harm. Naturopathic physicians use safe & effective natural medicine.
- The healing power of nature. Naturopathic physicians recognize that we all have the innate ability to heal ourselves. It is the job of the doctor to support and counsel the patient throughout the healing process.
- Treat the whole person. Naturopathic physicians know that a symptom reflects a deeper problem or process. We look at the whole picture and treat the person, not the symptoms.
- Identify and treat the cause. Naturopathic physicians recognize that in order to effectively treat someone, we must first identify the deeper cause of the problem. We diagnose the problem, and then we ask “Why does he/she have this problem?”
- Doctor as teacher. Education is crucial to the healing journey. Naturopathic physicians spend much of each visit educating patients and empowering them to heal themselves.
- Prevention. The best medicine is to prevent disease from occurring by proactively treating mild symptoms, optimizing health through lifestyle changes, and recognizing risk factors.
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are licensed doctors in the state of California. Just like MDs, NDs in California refer for lab tests or x-rays, prescribe (some) medications, and refer to a specialist when necessary.
There are, however, several important things that differentiate what we do from the typical doctor.
- Naturopathic doctors emphasize using therapeutic methods that strengthen and act in harmony with the body’s self-healing ability. Six principles of healing form the foundation for naturopathic medical practice.
- Naturopathic medicine draws on the proven medical experiences of various cultures and integrates these with modern scientific research.
- Naturopathic philosophy maintains that an underlying cause exists behind all disease and manifestation of symptoms. Therefore, the naturopathic doctor seeks to: 1) address the underlying cause of illness; 2) restore the body back to health using effective, safe, and natural measures; and 3) educate the patient on how to take an active role in his or her own health and well being.
- Most naturopathic doctors will spend significantly more time with each patient than a MD. The average doctor visit in the U.S., for example, is about seven minutes.
- Naturopathic doctors can treat many conditions that may not respond well to allopathic medicine such as colds, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Dr. Brown has a wide variety of treatment methods at her disposal. This is one of the things that differentiates naturopathic medicine and acupuncture from allopathic medicine. Treatment plans are tailored for the individual and may include any of the following:
- Clinical Nutrition
- Hormonal Balancing
- Botanical (Herbal ) Medicine and Supplements
- Stress Management and Counseling
- Women’s Health Care
- Preventative Medicine
- Health Education
After pre-medical training, Naturopathic doctors must complete medical school at an accredited institution, where they graduate with a doctoral degree, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND). Naturopathic doctors are trained in basic medical and clinical sciences, physical and clinical diagnosis, and Naturopathic philosophy and therapeutics. In California, Naturopathic candidates must pass a board licensing examination, and then they are licensed to practice primary care medicine.
Naturopathic Medical Training includes all of the same basic course work as traditional medical schools, with a few exceptions. Naturopathic students study only minor surgery, and their pharmacology focus is on naturally-derived medicines
Basic and Clinical Sciences:
- Cell biology
- Lab diagnosis
- Clinical Physical Diagnosis
- Public Health
- Ethics, History, Philosophy