WHAT IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE?
Founded upon a holistic philosophy that emphasizes accurate diagnosis and treatment of cause of disease rather than symptoms, naturopathic medicine combines safe and effective traditional therapies with the most current advances in modern medicine. Naturopathic medicine is appropriate for the management of a broad range of health conditions affecting all people of all ages. Naturopaths frequently are the sole health-care provider for non-life threatening health disorders and naturopaths can help a patient through serious, life-threatening diseases however those patients are co-managed with MDs, not through natural treatments alone.
In the State of Utah, NDs are classified as primary care physicians. NDs enjoy a broad scope of practice with the exception of prescribing addictive substances (i.e. narcotic pain killers), performing major surgery, and having hospital privileges. NDs can prescribe most medications, simply not ones that can become addictive or have the potential for abuse. NDs are not philosophically opposed to conventional medicine and are highly trained as to when to refer out to MD specialists when appropriate and needed.
In addition to conventional medial training (health screening such has Pap smears, drug prescribing, and minor office procedures), NDs are trained in prescribing nautral hormone replacement, acupuncture, botanical medicine, nutrition, spinal manipulation, and homeopathy. Some NDs specialize in certain areas such as women’s medicine and hormones, the treatment of children, and the treatment of pain (without the use of narcotics).