What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine blends centuries-old natural, non-toxic therapies with current advances in the study of health and human systems, covering all aspects of family health from prenatal to geriatric care.

Naturopathic medicine concentrates on whole-patient wellness; the medicine is tailored to the patient and emphasizes prevention and self-care. Naturopathic medicine attempts to find the underlying cause of the patient’s condition rather than focusing solely on symptomatic treatment. Naturopathic physicians cooperate with all other branches of medical science referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate.

 

Naturopathic medicine celebrates the healing power of nature. 

Naturopathic medicine is dedicated to the study and celebration of nature’s healing powers. It is as old as healing itself and as new as today’s medical breakthroughs. It is a dynamic philosophy as well as a profession that recognizes the interconnection and interdependence of all living things. It utilizes the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies to treat illness and to promote wellness by viewing the body as an integrated whole.

Naturopathic medicine is defined by principles rather than by methods or modalities. Above all, it honors the body’s innate wisdom to heal.

 
Naturopathic Principles

Naturopathic physicians practice the six fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine:

The Healing Power of Nature
Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.

Identify and Treat the Causes
Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.

First Do No Harm
Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.

Doctor as Teacher
Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.

Treat the Whole Person
View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.

Prevention
Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.

 

Naturopathic Physicians Are Trained As Primary Care Providers

Doctors of naturopathic medicine (NDs) are trained as primary care providers and, as such, their scope of practice may include...

Nutrition
Botanical medicine
Physical medicine
Homeopathy
Physical and clinical diagnosis
Laboratory diagnosis and diagnostic imaging
Emergency medicine
Psychology
Pharmacology
Minor surgery
Hydrotherapy
Natural Childbirth
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine 

Naturopathic physicians learn to treat all aspects of family health and wellness, from pediatrics to geriatrics. They tailor their therapies to meet the individual needs of each patient, factoring in physical, social, emotional and spiritual aspects before prescribing a course of treatment. Because they view natural remedies as complementary as well as primary, naturopathic physicians cooperate with other medical professionals, referring patients to allopathic medical doctors, surgeons and other specialists whenever appropriate.

Dr.  Wilson is board certified by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners and is a licensed naturopathic physician in the state of Arizona. Though naturopathic physicians are duly licensed as primary care physicians in many states, the state of Texas does not provide a means for licensing of naturopathic physicians. As such, Dr. Wilson does not diagnose or treat medical conditions in the state of Texas. Dr. Wilson provides natural medicine and complementary and alternative options and counseling for illness, wellness,  and healthy living.

 

Naturopathic Physicians Are Rigorously Trained

Licensed naturopathic physicians have attended a four-year undergraduate program plus a four-year professional-level programs at accredited institutions, where they have been educated in the same basic sciences as allopathic physicians. These programs actually require more hours of basic and clinical science than many top allopathic medical schools.

During their first two years of study, the curriculum focuses on basic and clinical sciences, covering...

Biochemistry
Human Physiology
Histology
Anatomy
Macro- and Microbiology
Immunology
Human Pathology

Toxicology
Neuroscience
Pharmacology

Minor Surgery

 

For at least the final two years of their medical program, students intern in clinical settings under the close supervision of licensed professionals, such as NDs, MDs, and DOs.

Students of naturopathic medicine use the Western medical sciences as a foundation on which to build a thorough knowledge of holistic, non-toxic therapies and develop skills in diagnosis, disease prevention and wellness optimization.

While earning their degree, doctors of naturopathic medicine learn virtually all the modalities of proven natural therapies...

Clinical Nutrition
Botanical Medicine
Homeopathy
Acupuncture, Acupressure, and Oriental Medicine
Mental-Emotional and Lifestyle Counseling
Massage
Physical Medicine and Manipulation

Ayurvedic Medicine

Natural Childbirth
Hydrotherapy

Graduates from naturopathic medical schools must pass the comprehensive naturopathic physicians licensing examinations (NPLEX) to be licensed as primary care physicians. Candidates for full licensure must also satisfy all licensing requirements for the individual state or province in which they plan to practice.

Today’s naturopathic physicians artfully blend modern, cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with ancient and traditional methods. They offer the world a healing paradigm founded on a rational balance of tradition, science and respect for nature.

*Source:  aanmc.org

 

Naturopathic Medicine Offers Healthy Options for a Changing World

In America, 38 percent of adults and 12 percent of children use complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) regularly. Conditions commonly treated include back pain, neck pain, joint pain, arthritis, head and chest colds and, among children, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD).
Source:: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, December 2008

Naturopathic Care for Adults

Naturopathy and Cancer Treatment

  • Daily stress-reducing techniques (yoga-based stretching, breathing techniques, meditation and guided imagery), walking and psychosocial support "turn off" many disease-promoting genes in men with early stage prostate cancer. At the same time, protective, disease-preventing genes were "turned on" by these same practices.
    Source: Newsweek, June 2008.

  • Gardening and eating salads reduce lung cancer risk in current and former smokers by up to 71 percent.
    Source: Holistic Option, July 2008. 

  • Yoga decreases fatigue and sleep disturbances while increasing vigor in women with early stage breast cancer.
    Source: News & Observer, November 2008. 

  • Seven out of 10 adult cancer patients in Western Washington are using alternative therapies – especially those patients who are female and college-educated, and most commonly the use of dietary supplements.
    Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 2002.

  • At least one-third of cancer patients turn to an alternative or complementary therapy, most commonly in combination with allopathic treatment.
    Source: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NIH, June 2001

Naturopathic Medicine and Women’s Health

Naturopathic Coverage by HMOs

  • Two-thirds of HMOs (67 percent) offer at least one form of alternative care. Most HMOs (85 percent) think the relationship between traditional and alternative medical care will grow closer in the future.
    Source: National Market Measures survey for Landmark Healthcare, Inc., 1999

Naturopathic Medicine in Hospitals

  • America's top 18 hospitals, including Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, the Mayo Clinic, Duke University Medical Center and the University of California-San Francisco, are embracing complementary and alternative medicine, offering acupuncture, massage and other CAM services.
    Source: US News & World Report, January 2008

  • From 1998 to 2000, the number of hospitals offering alternative therapies nearly doubled to 15.5 percent of all hospitals.
    Source: American Hospital Association survey, New York Times, April 2002

Naturopathic Integrative Clinics

  • Over 100 hospital-sponsored integrative clinics have sprung up across the nation, and the number is growing.
    Source: Integrative Medicine Consult, October 2001

Naturopathic Supplements

  • More than two-thirds of Canadians agree that natural herbal supplements can be as effective as prescriptions or over-the-counter remedies in the maintenance, prevention and treatment of health problems.
    Source: Traditional Medicinals Gallup Canada Survey, October 1999 
*Source:  aanmc.org

Q&A

What's the difference between naturopathy and homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of preparing and selecting medicines based on the work of a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843). Medicines are selected which in large doses will provoke symptoms similar the disease but instead are prepared in minute quantities. Naturopathy is a licensed medical profession which for philosophical reasons uses various "natural therapies" one of which may be homeopathy. Homeopathy fits the philosophical tenets of Naturopathy. The medicines work by stimulating the  what homeopaths call the vital force, or in naturopathic terms the vis medicatrix naturae, the healing power of nature. Homeopathic remedies because they are so dilute are a relatively safe method of treatment, again fitting the naturopathic tenet of, Primo non nocere, or do no harm.  At SCNM, Dr. Wilson was trained in classical homeopathy. 

Are you covered by my health insurance?
Maybe!  Our patients determine whether their policies cover us and bill the companies themselves. The insurance market is changing rapidly so it is difficult to keep track of which companies are covering our services. We have found the best coverage to be from policies written in states which license naturopathic doctors, so check with your insurance company.  Our office does not provide billing codes, forms, or letters of medical necessity.  

Do you test for (name your disease)?
It just depends on what the patient needs. Most patients have had every logical test run by the time they end up in our office.  Bring any pertinant findings to your office visit.  Along with conventional diagnostics, such as labs and imaging, Dr. Wilson completed training programs in Applied and Clinical Kinesiology and Traditional Chinese Diagnostic Methods and other techniques during her medical education. It makes sense to use scientific classical time tested techniques: history, exam, and standard lab tests along with using these techniques if it is what is appropriate for the patient.  
 

Do you treat (name your disease)?
Yes and No.  We provide naturopathic wellness plans for people. Everyone has their own individual response to their environment and their disease. Let's say we had 10 women come to the office concerned about their menopausal symptoms. Each would leave with a different naturopathic plan. Dr. Wilson applies the consistent principles of naturopathy to each person, and bases her recommendations upon these for every individual case.  This also applies to the question, How do you treat (name your disease)?  There is no one solution for everyone.


What should I expect on my first visit with Dr. Wilson?

Please complete the New Patient forms and fax, email, or mail them at least 24 hours prior to your office visit.  You should also send recent laboratory studies or diagnostic reports that pertain to your current condition.  The first office visit with Dr. Wilson consists of a comprehensive medical history intake and initial recommendations.  This visit generally lasts 60-90 minutes.  You will leave your intial appointment with lots of information and all of Dr. Wilson's explanations and recommendations in writing.  

Can I bring my family with me to my appointment?
Although we welcome supporting family members, children (and most adults!) have a difficult time sitting still for 90 minutes.  Most patients find that they get the most out of the office visit when they come by themselves.  

 

As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Kimberly Wilson works with patients in her offices located in  Dallas, Fort Worth,  and Plano, Texas.  Dr. Wilson is also availble for phone consultation with patients world-wide.