Naturopathic doctors are trained as primary healthcare providers, similar to conventional medical doctors. Our training teaches us physical diagnostic exams, laboratory testing, pharmaceuticals, IV treatment, and phlebotomy (taking blood). We are able to provide breast exams, gynecology exams and digital rectal exams and are tested similar to conventional medical doctors in the same standardized patient practice exams. Our licensing requires us to write five days of international licensing as well as provincial board exams and practical assessments.
How we differ, is alongside the traditional medical training we also spend time learning about herbs, nutrition, acupuncture and other alternative therapies can work to treat the whole person.
So what does this all mean to you as a patient?
It means, that I can work alongside your medical team which may include a conventional medical doctor, chiropractor, massage therapist, etc. Alternative, I can work as your primary care physician to help diagnose and treat conditions if this is something you are looking for.
So if your training is similar, how is naturopathic medicine different? I think of it is as the why and how. I spend time focusing on why your body is acting the way it is, and thinking about how we can shift it into functioning optimally. I hope to eliminate your symptoms by figuring out what is causing them and not simply masking the problem or suppress it so that it pops up in another part of your body in a different way. I want to look at the whole body and make it function so you feel great.
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