Naturopathic medicine is a distinct way of practicing medicine that emphasizes prevention, and self-healing. The goal of naturopathic medicine is to treat the entire individual as a whole rather than breaking down issues in the body system by system. Not only do naturopathic doctors look at an individual’s physical symptoms and problems, they consider the patient’s emotional state as well. The aim of this type of medicine is to heal the patient, not just provide relief of symptoms. When going over your plan with you, your naturopathic doctor will discuss your mental well being, physical well being, make dietary suggestions, exercise suggestions, suggest or offer complementary medicine such as acupuncture, or homeopathic medications, and when necessary can prescribe pharmaceuticals medication just like a medical doctor. Naturopathic providers can also order- and often do, all of the same labs, and imaging that an allopathic medical doctor may order.
Often naturopathic doctors function as primary care providers, however in some cases they specialize and work in unison with your primary care provider to address your individual physical and mental healthcare needs.