Naturopathic medicine utilizes natural treatment methods that activate your innate healing mechanisms. Below are descriptions of some of the modalities of treatment that naturopathic physicians use:
In the last 100 years, various methods of treatment involving the manipulation of the muscles, bones and the spine have been developed in the U.S. Naturopathic medicine has its own techniques, collectively known as naturopathic manipulative therapy. Physical medicine may include physiotherapy, heat and cold applications, gentle electrical impulses, ultrasound, diathermy, hydrotherapy and exercise therapy.
A specialized form of physical medicine is osteopathy. Osteopathic manipulation is used primarily for musculoskeletal disorders such as back and neck pain, joint pain, sciatica, sports injuries, repetitive stress injuries, and some types of headache. However, most osteopathic physicians practice general medicine (like an M.D.) and don’t confine themselves to manipulative therapy. We have an osteopathic physician in our network of providers who we can refer you to.
Many plant substances are effective natural medicines. They are effective and safe when used properly, in the right doses and in proper combination with other herbs or treatments. Recent medical research is demonstrating that some plant substances are superior to synthetic drugs in certain clinical situations, and have fewer side effects. Naturopathic doctors are trained in the art and science of botanical medicine.
The lab tests you are accustomed to generally assess the degree of pathology (signs of something gone wrong). Functional medicine diagnostic testing goes much deeper. It measures the level of function of your body, thus revealing what may be CAUSING things to go wrong. If some aspect of your metabolism or bodily function is not working properly, disease conditions may eventually result.
Nutrition and the therapeutic use of foods have always been a cornerstone of naturopathic medicine. Thousands of medical research studies and articles have validated the naturopathic approach to diet and nutrition.
Many health problems can be treated as effectively with foods and nutritional supplements as with drugs, but with fewer complications and side effects. Naturopathic physicians receive more than 140 classroom hours in clinical nutrition, while most medical doctors receive fewer than 20 hours.
Lifestyle habits are a crucial component of good health and a happier life. We advise you about regular exercise, stretching and flexibility, rest and relaxation, smoking and recreational drug cessation, cleaning up your personal environment, and living a balanced life.
Improvement in attitudes and emotions can be important elements in healing from disease. Naturopathic physicians are trained in various psychological techniques, including counseling, nutritional balancing, stress management methods, hypnotherapy, biofeedback, and meditation.
Homeopathy is a healing process in which homeopathic medicines stimulate and encourage your own natural healing forces of recovery. It is one of the most widely used systems of medicine in the world.
Homeopathy is derived from the Greek words meaning “similar suffering”. Like Hippocrates 2,000 years earlier, he realized that there were two ways of treating ill health: the way of opposite (allopathic) and the way of similars (homeopathic).
Conventional medicine is “allopathic” medicine. Consider insomnia as an example. The allopathic or conventional approach is to give a drug to induce artificial sleep, which frequently may cause side effects or addiction.
In contrast, the homeopathic approach is to treat insomnia by giving you a tiny dose of a substance that, in large doses, would cause sleeplessness in a healthy person. Surprisingly, the tiny dose reduces the insomnia.
Homeopathy is more than 200 years old and is widely accepted in other countries. Homeopathic medicines act to strengthen the body’s innate immune responses. They rarely have any side effects. Some conditions that are resistant to conventional medical treatment may respond well to homeopathy.