fibromyalgia, depression, beginning and often advanced heart disease, early stages of cancer, and colds and flus are typically non-acute conditions that do not require drugs or surgery. All of these conditions respond very will to Naturopathic medicine.
As Naturopathic Doctors, we attempt to help a person heal from within, to educate and empower a person to work with their symptoms rather than controlling them with drugs. We work together towards achieving optimal wellness through safe and gentle means.
Sees the body as a whole and each person as an individual. Naturopathic medical colleges are four-year postgraduate schools with admission requirements comparable to those of conventional medical schools. The degree of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine requires four years of graduate level study in the medical sciences including:
Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology, Pharmacology, Laboratory Diagnosis, Clinical and Physical Diagnosis, Cardiology, Neurology, Radiology, Minor Surgery, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Dermatology, and other clinical sciences.
Throughout the four years, there is training in Naturopathic therapeutics, including therapeutic nutrition, botanical-herbal medicine, homeopathy, natural childbirth, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, Naturopathic manipulative therapy, and counseling. Because the course work in natural therapeutics is added to a standard medical curriculum, Naturopathic doctors receive significantly more hours of classroom education than the graduates of many leading medical schools.
The question often arises, why should someone choose a Naturopathic doctor over seeing a medical doctor? Especially when patients are often paying out of pocket to see a Naturopath, while their insurance will cover their visit to an MD. Conventional medical doctors save thousands of lives every day. Pharmaceutical drugs and surgery are necessary in a variety of conditions. Without conventional medicine to turn to in an emergency, there would be much more pain and suffering.
Conventional medicine does fall short when it attempts to apply surgery and pharmaceutical medicine to common non-critical health problems. Fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome,