Naturopathic doctors are primary care physicians. Like medical doctors, NDs use your history, physical examination and laboratory tests to diagnose and to guide treatment.
Your treatment plan may consist of botanical medicine, homeopathy, nutrition and nutrient therapy, physical medicine, or other therapies. When deciding on your treatment plan, your ND will always be guided by the 6 Naturopathic Principles, which are:
- The Healing Power of Nature
Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
- Identify and Treat the Causes
Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
- First Do No Harm
Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
- Doctor as Teacher
Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
- Treat the Whole Person
View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.
Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.
Your naturopathic doctor will choose from a variety of therapies in her arsenal.
- Botanical Medicine
- Naturopathic Medicine
- Nutrition & Nutrient Therapy
- Physical Medicine
In Washington State, naturopathic doctors can also prescribe prescription medications. If this is necessary for your condition, your ND will not hesitate to give you a prescription.