Natural medicine and naturopathic treatments can complement conventional medicine or be used effectively on their own. Aimed at improving health and addressing illness in people of all ages, it is the art, science, philosophy and practice of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness, using natural therapies and medicines.
Naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the principles that underlie and determine its practice. Methods used are chosen upon the basis of patient individuality. Naturopathic physicians work to restore balance in a gentle and effective way, minimizing the potential for side effects. The goal of the naturopathic physician is always to respect and support the body's ability to heal itself.
Much as in the training of a conventional medical doctor, naturopathic medical students attend a four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school. The training of a naturopathic physician develops unique skills in bridging conventional and natural medicine, providing patients with knowledgeable advocates who can help them make informed choices about their health.
Dr. Butchart, ND is a graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle. You can find out more about naturopathic medicine by visiting the Bastyr University website.
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