Modalities of Naturopathic Medicine
Botanical medicine is the use of plants as therapeutic agents to treat or prevent disease. These plants are chemically complex and contain hundreds or even thousands of different phytochemicals. Compounds such as isoflavones, tannins, saponins, flavonoids, glycosides, coumarins, bitters, phyto-estrogens etc, are often responsible for the therapeutic properties of herbal medicines. They have been used medicinally for thousands of years and many pharmaceutical drugs are derived from plant substances.
Nutritional therapy is the use of food, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other nutritional supplements to stimulate a healing response and correct deficiencies caused by dietary or absorption limitations. Dietary supplements are usually used in a precise and individualized fashion for a specific therapeutic or preventive goal.
Homeopathic medicines are very small doses of natural substances that can stimulate the body’s self-healing response. This powerful system of medicine is based on the "law of similars" (like cures like). They have been part of the US Pharmacopoeia since the inception of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act in 1938.
Naturopathic physicians employ therapeutic exercise, hydrotherapy, bio-electrical therapies, light therapy, laser, ultrasound, and manipulation of the bones, joints, muscles, and soft tissues. These therapies are carefully applied to help with general healing, reduction of pain, and improvement of joint and muscle function.
Lifestyle counseling encompasses a wide array of tools and education to support each individual patient in their goals for wellness and healing.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes acupuncture, botanical medicine, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong. The fundamental basis of TCM is that the body's energy flows along certain pathways called meridians. This energy is known as Qi. It enters the body at conception and is the vital principle in the human body throughout life. Health is when the flow of Qi is harmonious and uninhibited, and when Yin and Yang are in balance. When Qi is blocked, disease may result.
Naturopathic physicians, with additional specialty training, provide natural childbirth care. They offer prenatal and postnatal care using appropriate diagnostic techniques. Many naturopathic physicians receive additional certification in midwifery.
Minor Office Procedures
Naturopathic physicians perform in-office minor surgery including repair of superficial wounds and removal of foreign bodies, warts and cysts with local anesthesia.