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About Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine

Does this sound familiar? You were just diagnosed with a condition, or maybe it has been something you have been struggling with for a while. You wonder, is there a natural treatment for this? So, you Google it, or you ask your friends and family on social media. The next thing you know, you have a plethora of information and much of it is contradictory. One source told you to definitely take ginger for your condition, while another said to absolutely avoid ginger. With this confusing information, you either give up because it is all too overwhelming, or you start taking several different supplements/herbs in hopes that something will help.

Well, good news! You no longer have to guess. You now have a natural healthcare expert on your team... Us! This is exactly what we do. Not only do we know if there is a natural treatment option for you, but we also know if it is safe, if it is effective and if it is right for your individual situation. We can save you a whole lot of time, money and the headache of potential unwanted side effects (yes, natural treatments can also have side effects). 

Like conventional doctors you have seen, we also perform physical exams, run laboratory tests and diagnosis illness. Unlike conventional doctors, we spend a lot more time with you in your visit, listening to your health history and getting to know who you are. By doing this, we can offer you an individualized treatment plan that will work for you and your lifestyle. After all, the best treatment plan is that one that can be implemented.

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Nutrition

Food is foundational to health and healing. We work with you to create an individualized nutrition plan that best suits you and your lifestyle.

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Nutrient Therapy

When appropriate, we use nutrient and other natural supplements to address deficiencies and support your body's innate healing abilities.

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Lifestyle Counseling 

At Terrain Integrative Medicine, we are with you on your unique path of healing, and are here to help remove obstacles that get in your way.

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Herbal Medicine

We use herbs to help support the body in healing. Herbal medicine can help regulate hormones, ease stress, fight infection and more.


The 6 Naturopathic Principles

1. First do no harm

This principle speaks both to the nature of the treatment, but also meeting the patient and their condition where they are. NDs use the lowest force intervention appropriate, at the lowest effective dose, for the shortest time possible. In doing so, the risk of harmful side effects from treatment is decreased.

2. Identify and treat the cause

NDs strive to find and treat the undying causes of diseases, rather than just treating symptoms. The recognize the symptoms are the body's way of pointing us to the underlying pathology.

3. Treat the whole person

Treating the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of patients is essential for holistic healing. Treating the whole person also means considering their relationships and place in the community.

4. Support the body's natural healing ability

The body has an innate healing ability and NDs focus on supporting this ability. This is done by removing any obstacles to cure and recommending treatments that support healing.

5. Doctor as teacher

Educating patients on health and treatment options is critical to empower the patients to become an active participant in their own healthcare. The doctor is here to educate the patient and aid them in making informed decisions about their health.

6. Prevention

Prevention is the best medicine. NDs assess risk factors and recommended treatments that focus on the prevention of disease or disease progression.


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Training

Licensed naturopathic doctors attended one of eight accredited naturopathic medical schools. Each program is 4 years which consists of 2 years of basic science education (biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, philosophy, etc.) and 2 years of clinical science which includes classes (pharmacology, cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, etc.) and clinical rotations where students see patients under the supervision of licensed doctors.

The first 2 years of school is very similar to conventional medical school, with the addition of training in hydrotherapy, physical medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathy, counseling and considerably more credits in nutrition. The last 2 years of naturopathic medical school is spent seeing patients in an outpatient, primary care setting. This differs from convention medical schools where they (MDs and DOs) do different rotations in more of a hospital setting. Conventional medicine requires graduates to do at least a 3 year residency program. At this time naturopathic doctors are not required to do a residency, yet some do.

Students complete their training by sitting for the national licensing exam (NPLEX).

To learn more about naturopathic medicine visit the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians' (AANP) website at  https://www.naturopathic.org/natfaqs.


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