What is Naturopathic Medicine?


Is Naturopathic medicine right for you?

Naturopathic doctors can be either:

  • Your primary medical care (e.g your family doctor)

  • A compliment to conventional medical treatment (e.g. your expert in natural medicine)

The philosophy of naturopathic medicine seeks to restore balance within each patient so that there is minimal reliance upon pharmaceuticals and other supplements. NDs believe that the human body will seek to restore health if given the correct environment. If you are looking for a fresh perspective on your health condition, an ND may be the right choice for you.

Difference between a Naturopath and Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Mayatte is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND), here is some background on the different between an ND and a naturopath.

The training of naturopathic doctors is the same core medical sciences as MD students; they receive over 1500 hours of supervised clinical training, learning to diagnose and treat patients while under the supervision of attending physicians in accredited clinical settings from a medical school. This creates an ideal blend of natural healing therapies with the same clinical training background as a conventional medical doctor (or MD). Open this link to see a comparison of the curriculum and training of an ND versus an MD.

A traditional naturopath is typically trained through an online or correspondence course, with little or no supervised clinical component.

Difference between Homeopathy and Naturopathic Medicine

Homeopathy is one therapeutic option a Naturopathic Doctor may suggest to include in your treatment plan. Dr. Mayatte may suggest the use of a homeopathic medication, although she has many other treatment options to offer as well. Practitioners who refer to themselves as homeopaths, and do not have another medical license, do not have clinical training in the management and diagnosis of disease outside of the scope of homeopathic medications.

Is Naturopathic Medicine really any different than Conventional Medicine?

Absolutely. Naturopathic medicine seeks to address the cause of the symptoms you are experiencing. When you invest in a healthcare plan that seeks to alleviate the cause of an illness you are making a long-term investment in your health. Many patients experience better sleep, better digestion, increased energy, and an overall sense of well-being.

Naturopathic physicians work with their patients to prevent and treat acute and chronic illness and disease, restore health, and establish optimal fitness. This is accomplished through:

• Prevention

Prevention of disease is emphasized through public health measures, vaccinations, hygiene, proper sleep, stress reduction, as well as the encouragement and guidance of persons to adopt lifestyles which are conducive to optimal health.

• Diagnosis

Diagnosis and evaluation of the individual's state of health are accomplished by integrating modern, traditional, clinical, and laboratory diagnostic methods.

• Treatment and Care

Therapeutic methods and substances are used which work in harmony with the person’s inherent self -healing process, including: diet modifications, nutritional supplements, botanical medicine, pharmaceuticals, counseling, physical medicine, minor surgery, homeopathy, and acupuncture.

Why patients seek treatment from Naturopathic Doctors:

Patients seek Naturopathic medicine for many reasons. Some of the most common reasons include poor outcomes with pharmaceutical treatments prescribed by a conventional medical doctor, wanting to spend more time with their doctor, looking for a provider that treats their patients holistically, and seeking a doctor trained in alternative therapies. Since most Naturopathic Doctors set aside 60 minutes to spend with each of their patients during the first visit, it is a much more comprehensive visit than many other providers are able to offer.