Taking Charge of Your Health

What is Naturopathic Medicine? With Wendy Weber, N.D., Ph.D.,
M.P.H., Program Officer National Center for Complementary
and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services Naturopathic medicine is a whole
medical system that evolved from a variety of traditional
healing practices, as well as incorporating Western medical
diagnosis and treatment options. What Treatment Options Do
Naturopathic Physicians Use? A naturopathic physician may offer a variety of different treatment options for you. It may include
life-style counseling, including looking at nutrition
and exercise, stress reduction. You may be recommended to take herbal therapies or vitamins, minerals, homeopathy. And they also sometimes may provide
hands-on treatment like massage, or some sort of physical
medicine, or hydrotherapy. Naturopathic Physician Training and Coordinated Care Generally, naturopathic physicians
are required to do a 4-year, graduate-level education curriculum. So, if you are thinking about
visiting an naturopathic physician, you want to be sure to let them know about any conventional treatments you are taking. And you also want to tell your
other Healthcare providers of all of the CAM therapies that you may be using.

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