Naturopathic doctors are primary care doctors who specialize in natural medicine. They attend a 4 year accredited Naturopathic Medical school where they are trained to medically diagnosis using a physical exam, labs, and imaging as indicated. Additionally, Naturopathic Doctors are also knowledgeable about specialized labs tests and procedures that are not commonly used by regular Medical Doctors, such as food sensitivity testing, digestive functional assessments, salivary adrenal testing and much more.
Naturopathic doctors diagnose disease and treat patients by using natural modalities such as physical manipulation, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, mind-body medicine, nutrient IV therapy, environmental medicine, hydrotherapy, and more. They choose the treatment based on the individual patient, not based on the generality of symptoms. This approach has proven successful in treating both acute and chronic conditions.
Dr. Andrew Weil, MD
About Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic medicine concentrates on patient-centered wellness; the medicine is tailored to each patient and emphasizes prevention and self-care.
Naturopathic medicine attempts to find the underlying cause of the patient’s condition rather than focusing solely on symptomatic treatment. Naturopathic doctors cooperate with all other branches of medical science referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate.
More Information on Naturopathic Medicine
Kindly find below A Consumer’s Guide to Naturopathic Medicine, provided by the California Department of Consumer Affairs. For more information and a brochure, visit www.naturopathic.ca.gov
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