WHAT IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE?

 

Naturopathic physicians are America's most highly trained health care practitioners in the field of natural and holistic medicine.  Our unique branch of medicine is founded on the holistic and healing based philosophies of 'do no harm', 'treat the cause of disease', 'the healing power of nature', and 'doctor as teacher'.

Naturopathic doctors diagnose and treat disease using traditional natural therapies and diagnostic testing, laboratory testing, and investigative studies based in modern medicine.  We offer an alternative to the conventional way of thinking about medicine.  First, we consider all of you when helping you with your health issues.  Naturopathic physicians use a holistic model.  We talk with you about both your body and your emotions.  We work to understand and integrate all parts of you as we help you feel better.  Second, naturopathic physicians prescribe natural medicine whenever possible and we recommend the least invasive approach to healing which will work for you.

As a naturopathic physician, Dr. Starbuck uses nutrition, botanical preparations, homeopathic medicine, hormones, hydrotherapy, counseling and physical medicine to treat illness and restore optimal health.  She also can write prescriptions for certain pharmaceuticals including antibiotics, hormones, pain medications, dermatologic, asthma and allergy medications, and antifungals.  Naturopathic medicine is primary care, family medicine; it is appropriate and useful for people of all ages and across the full spectrum of health conditions.

Naturopathic medical school is a four year, post college graduate program similar in structure to conventional medical school.  Our education requires two years of basic medical sciences and conventional diagnostic training, followed by two years of intensive coursework and clinical training in the treatment of disease.  Naturopathic medical training includes therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, hydrotherapy, naturopathic physical therapeutics, pharmacology, pediatric care, gynecology, minor surgery, geriatrics, and training in counseling and psychology.  Follow our links to learn more about naturopathic medicals schools in the United States.