The basic tenet of naturopathic medicine is to prevent disease. That philosophy covers everything from quitting smoking to incorporating regular exercise into your day to eating a balanced diet so you can harness your body's natural healing power.
Your first visit will last at least 90 minutes, sometimes longer. Much of that time is spent talking so that the physician can gather an extensive medical history.
In addition to the natural therapies already described, your N.D. may also order conventional medical tests, including x-rays and blood work. And if you need to see a medical specialist such as a surgeon or oncologist, your naturopath will make the appropriate referrals.
Ideally, your N.D. will find a way to integrate conventional Western medicine and one or more kinds of natural medicine to treat any diseases and conditions that you might suffer from.
The Natural Healing Companion
USING ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES, WHAT TO BUY, HOW TO TAKE, AND WHEN TO COMBINE FOR BEST RESULTS
By Dr. Deborah A. WIancek, Naturopathic Physician, Clinician, and Author of The Complete Natural Medicine Reference