First, Do No Harm
Naturopaths use therapies with the least amount of force necessary to restore balance and health in an individual. Utilizing safe, non-toxic therapies minimizes unpleasant and potentially harmful side effects.
The Healing Power
The body has the ability to heal itself! Sometimes in today’s society we need to remove obstacles and give the body support to encourage that innate ability rather than overpower and dampen it with suppressive therapies.
Identify and Treat
Symptoms are often the result of a deeper imbalance. Sometimes treating the symptoms alone can worsen this imbalance. Naturopaths seek to identify and correct this imbalance. Identifying and treating the root cause of an illness is a process that requires time and commitment, but we firmly believe that it is the only road to total health!
Treat the Whole Person
Naturopaths look at physical, mental and emotional health. All of these parts are intricately connected and must be balanced for health to be achieved. In addition, we look at each individual individually. All therapies are tailored just for you.
Doctor as Teacher
I will explain things to you in language that you understand. I will empower you to take responsibility for your own health. Docere, the origin of the word Doctor, means to teach or show in Latin.
Prevention is the
Optimizing health and preventing disease is a lot easier that treating disease. Underlying imbalances, if not addressed, will lead to chronic disease over time. Naturopaths are expert at identifying these imbalances. The best cure for a disease is always to prevent getting it in the first place!
How Are Licensed Naturopaths Trained?
Four Year Graduate Level Medical Training
Licensed naturopaths complete a four year graduate level medical program accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education which is recognized by the US Department of Education as a national accrediting body. At school they receive over 4,300 hours of training in the basic medical sciences, conventional medicine, and cutting-edge natural therapeutics, including over 1,100 hours of direct patient contact. After graduating with an Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, they must pass a medical licensing exam administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners. Licensed naturopaths must complete continuing education requirements every year to maintain their license. (Jaie maintains a license in the state of Vermont.)
Areas of Training
In licensed states, Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) practice as family practice primary care providers with the ability to diagnose and treat medical conditions, perform physical exams, and order laboratory testing. They are trained in nutrition, lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine (herbs), homeopathy, physical medicine (hydrotherapy, manipulations, massage), minor surgery, IV therapy, and pharmaceuticals [scope varies state to state]. In unlicensed states, like Pennsylvania, NDs are not able to provide all of the services they were trained to provide. NDs in unlicensed states act as health and wellness consultants and do not replace care with a primary care provider.
When you seek care from a naturopathic physician, always confirm that they have graduated from an accredited naturopathic medical college (a list can be found here). In states that do not have licensing laws for naturopathic physicians (such as Pennsylvania), any individual is able to call him or herself a naturopathic doctor, even if their education has been limited to online correspondence courses with no direct patient contact