With the importance of a healthy lifestyle being recognized by an ever growing population, individuals and families alike are seeking information and guidance on the benefits of nutrition, natural health and any means to sustain their general well being. Naturopathic Medicine in Snohomish offers the support and guidance you are looking for to reach your long term goals of a healthier style of life.
From pain management and rehabilitation to nutrition therapy and the treatment of cancer, the philosophy of naturopathic medicine focuses on prevention and treatment of the root causes of any existing or potential medical conditions.
What is Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct form of medicine combining the modern science of traditional medicine and the ancient practices of natural medicine. The general belief behind naturopathic medicine is the activation of the body’s own healing powers, focusing on prevention and the treatment of the underlying causes of the disease and its ailments.
Who Practices Naturopathic Medicine
At first glance, trying to distinguish between a traditional doctor of medicine (MD) and a doctor of naturopathic medicine (ND) may be difficult. In fact, they very well may be one in the same. It is quite possible for a fully trained and licensed medical doctor to be crossed trained in naturopathic medicine, enabling him or her to offer a wider range of treatment options to their patients. Both are required to take the same basic science courses as a medical doctor.
The naturopathic practitioner then goes on to study holistic and non-toxic approaches to treatment, focusing on prevention and healthy living. After four years of intensive training the hopeful naturopathic practitioner is then subject to board exams in order to be licensed to become a general practice physician of naturopatic medicine in any particular State or jurisdiction.
Common Ailments Treated by an N.D.
Aside from offering guidance, support and counseling to those wishing to adapt a healthier life style, the following are some of the most common conditions a naturopathic practitioner may assist in treating.
- chronic pain
- heart disease
- digestive issues
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- hormonal imbalances
- adrenal fatigue
- fertility problems
Although a naturopathic physician is trained in the use of conventional prescription narcotics, they will generally try to avoid the use of such drugs in favor of a more holistic, non-invasive approach to treatments.
Similarly, qualified N.D’s are able to perform minor surgeries such as removing cysts or stitching up abrasions when necessary they do not, however, perform major surgeries. In all cases it is important to remember, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
For more information about naturopathic medicine in Snohomish, contact McQuinn Naturopathic today at (425)905-2487.