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Naturopathic Medicine Consultations

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a general practice discipline that emphasizes prevention, wellness, and optimal health, engaging the wisdom of nature to support the body’s inherent healing ability. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) diagnose and treat disease and use traditional therapies combined with modern medical practices to help restore, maintain, and create health. Our doctors place you at the center of our relationship-centered care model, empowering you to take charge of your health.

Naturopathic medicine can be used in many ways – to treat acute and chronic health conditions, to complement conventional medical care, and to create strategies for disease prevention and health creation. NDs perform physical exams, order labs, and prescribe and administer natural therapies. Our NDs partner with you to create a plan that addresses your concerns, optimizes health, and identifies long-term strategies for achieving your healthcare goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can Naturopathic Medicine help?
What are the benefits of a whole-person approach to healthcare?
What happens during the consultation?
Can I combine Naturopathic Medicine and other treatments?
What mode of care is available?
How do I make an appointment?

What can Naturopathic Medicine help?

Evidence shows that diet, nutrition, herbal medicines, stress management, and lifestyle behaviors are powerful tools for lasting health and wellness and disease prevention. NDs see people of all ages, from babies to seniors, and provide effective, cost-effective care. Surveys and whole practice research reveal that naturopathic medicine improves health outcomes, reduces healthcare costs, and provides relief for patients with anxiety, menopause, low back pain, heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, and conditions related to chronic and stress-related illness.

Naturopathic medicine can be used in many ways – as primary treatment for acute and chronic health conditions, to complement conventional medical care, and to establish strategies to prevent disease and achieve optimal wellness. Naturopathic Doctors treat the whole person, educating patients to become partners in their own healing. NDs offer preventive and natural health services for the whole family, and address a full range of health needs, including:

  • Autoimmune disease
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive disorders
  • Family planning
  • Fatigue
  • Healthy Aging
  • Healthy weight management
  • Heart Health
  • Immune Health
  • Integrative cancer care
  • Men’s Health
  • Mood disorders (e.g., anxiety and depression)
  • Pain management
  • Pediatrics
  • Prevention and Wellness
  • Respiratory Conditions
  • Skin Disorders
  • Sports Medicine
  • Women’s Health

What are the benefits of a whole-person approach to healthcare?

Good health is more than the absence of disease, and disease prevention is more than a screening exam. NDs are trained to evaluate social, environmental, and a multitude of other factors that influence the vitality, health, and wellbeing of body, mind, and spirit. The behaviors and habits that shape our routines, the relationships we cultivate, the environment that surrounds us, and the lifestyles we embrace are elements that can serve as powerful catalysts for positive changes. Your ND will work with you to enhance your strengths, alleviate illness and disease, and create greater health and wellbeing.

What happens during a consultation?

Initial Naturopathic Medicine Consultation:

Your initial consultation with an ND will be scheduled for 60-90 minutes, depending upon the complexity of your health history. Your ND will gather information about your present concern(s), your health history, your family history, your environment, diet, lifestyle, and other relevant areas. Your ND may perform a physical exam, recommend laboratory testing, or administer a treatment. Together, you will create a personalized plan that addresses your concerns and healthcare goals that may include:

  • Diet and nutrition
  • Herbal medicine
  • Homeopathic remedy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Lifestyle counseling
  • Movement therapy
  • Physical medicine
  • Referral to another provider or specialist

Follow-Up Consultations:

Follow-up appointments may be scheduled for 15 to 60 minutes, depending upon the nature of your condition and the need for additional assessment or treatment.

Can I combine Naturopathic Medicine and other treatments?

Yes. NDs are committed to relationship-centered care and partner with other healthcare providers to ensure that patients are receiving appropriate care and services that align with their goals. We are happy to work with you and your healthcare providers and wellness practitioners to provide a comprehensive and collaborative approach to your care. Your Naturopathic Doctor may also refer you to a practitioner in one of our other clinical teaching areas within the Natural Care Center.

What model of care is available?
Naturopathic Medicine consultations are available as part of our university teaching clinic. When you make an appointment for naturopathic services, you’ll be seen by an ND and one or two student observers from MUIH clinical programs.

How do I make an appointment?
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Natural Care Center at 410-888-9048 ext. 6614 or email naturalcarecenter@muih.edu.