For Healthcare Professionals
Why refer to an ND
Source: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine (NCCIM).
Training in drug- herb-nutrient interactions
A 2006 survey reported that 63% of Americans age 50 or older reported using one or more complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) techniques. Yet 69% of the CAM users said that they had not talked to their doctors about it. The reason cited by 42% of patients in the survey? Most doctors never asked.1
Naturopathic physicians also have expertise in drug/herb/nutrient interactions. Naturopathic physicians work in private practice or in integrated settings with other medical providers. The result is a patient-centered, comprehensive approach that provides the most appropriate treatment for an individual’s needs. Naturopathic physicians educate patients about wellness and provide tools for achieving optimal health.
1Source: American College of Physicians (ACP). http://www.acpinternist.org/archives/2007/11/ask.htm
Specialists in treating chronic disease with a focus on prevention
What to expect: patients
Naturopathic doctors treat the whole person, which means they consider a variety of factors that include diet and lifestyle, family history, environment, mental and emotional health.
Source: Naturopathy | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/naturopathy#ixzz2z4dwlKql
What to expect: providers
Peer reviewed research journals specific to the practice of naturopathic medicine include:
- The Natural Medicine Journal (NMJ) is the official journal of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. Natural Medicine Journal is a cutting-edge electronic journal and website for integrative healthcare practitioners, students, faculty, and anyone interested in the field of natural medicine.
- Naturopathic Doctor News and Review (NDNR) is the leading clinical information resource for naturopathic physicians in North America.