Naturopathic Care

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Dr. Josie providing well child care as part of her naturopathic medicine practice

Tree of Life provides naturopathic medicine for the whole family. Appointments average approximately 60 minutes which provides ample time for you to build a relationship with your provider, to review questions that you may have and for a thorough physical exam.  Any necessary lab work can be drawn in our office.  Additionally, imaging studies such as x-ray, ultrasound, and mammography may be ordered as needed.

 

 

Naturopathic doctors employ clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, minor office procedures, hydrotherapy and other safe and clinically proven therapies.  Appointments may include:

  • Adult Wellness Exams
  • Well Baby Exams
  • Well Child Exams
  • Constitutional Homeopathy
  • Vaccine Counseling
  • School & Sports Physicals
  • Acute/Problem Focused Visits for conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease, MTHFR, Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, Food Sensitivities, Candida/Yeast Overgrowth, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Hypothyroidism, Heavy Metal Toxicity…and many others

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

The following principles are the foundation of naturopathic medicine:

  • The Healing Power of Nature: Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic doctors act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
  • Identify and Treat the Causes: The naturopathic doctor seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than to merely eliminate or suppress symptoms.
  • First Do No Harm: Naturopathic doctors follow three guidelines to avoid harming the patient:
    • Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat;
    • Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms; and
    • Acknowledge, respect, and work with individuals’ self-healing process.
  • Doctor as Teacher: Naturopathic doctors educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
  • Treat the Whole Person: Naturopathic doctors treat each patient by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic doctors encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.
  • Prevention: Naturopathic doctors emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.

Borrowed from American Academy of Naturopathic Physicians.