What Is a Naturopathic Doctor?

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A lot of people don't know about Naturopathic medicine as a choice that they have in terms of getting medical care. Naturopathic doctors are a little bit different from the conventional medical doctor. A regular medical doctor goes through a four year medical program, and studies the basics of medicine and basically learns how the body's running system.

So if you have a problem with your skin, you see a dermatologist, if you have a problem with your stomach, you see a gastroenterologist, and so on. There's doctors of osteopathic medicine who are also trained in medicine, and their training also talks about more about musculoskeletal alignment as being part of keeping a person healthy.

Naturopathic doctors are the third kind of doctor, and we also learn about primary care medicine. So in the States where we're licensed we can practice as primary care physicians, but our training also teaches us to look at the body in a more holistic view, so in that we get a lot of training, not only in conventional medicine.

But we also get a lot of training in holistic modalities in diet, lifestyle, exercise, homoeopathics, vitamin therapies, herbal therapies, old German water cure known as Hydrotherapy. The whole idea is that you really want to look at the body as a whole, and try to figure out how to create healing using the body's own natural ability to heal itself.