Naturopathic physicians receive the same basic sciences and pharmacy training as medical doctors, but also study alternative and integrative approaches to treating disease- emphasizing wellness and prevention.
Naturopathic medicine emphasizes using the least invasive natural measure to treat the cause of illness. Therefore, the goal is always to start with the gentlest treatment possible and to utilize prescription medications only when necessary.
Although prescription drugs are available to my patients, many people benefit from and prefer solutions that are more holistic in nature. A naturopathic approach considers lifestyle and dietary modifications, dietary supplements, botanical medicines, homeopathy, and acknowledges that other methods may be superior to pharmaceutical drugs in many cases. For this reason, prescriptions for antibiotics, hormones, and other drugs are used in a “first do no harm” manner in my practice