Naturopathic Medicine is what some people refer to as common sense medicine. By this, it is a way of treating people with more natural therapeutics. Many of the therapies are based in diet, exercise, and lifestyle modifications. Even something as simple as spending time outdoors and proper nutrition can go a long way in helping people feel better.
In addition, a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) has the education and experience to use supplementation of herbs, vitamins and minerals. Your ND can also prescribe pharmaceutical medications when the condition warrants. In this, it is truly the best of both worlds, you can experience natural medicine combined with conventional or allopathic medicine.
A licensed ND is trained at a four-year post graduate college with emphasis in basic and clinical sciences much like a traditional MD. The clinical education is focused on nutrition, herbal supplementation, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, in addition to coursework in pharmacology and education of herb-drug and drug-food interactions.
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