is Naturopathic Medicine?
medicine blends centuries-old natural, non-toxic therapies with current
advances in the study of health and human systems, covering all aspects
family health from prenatal to geriatric care.
concentrates on whole-patient wellness; the medicine is tailored to the
and emphasizes prevention and self-care. Naturopathic medicine attempts
the underlying cause of the patient’s condition rather than focusing
symptomatic treatment. Naturopathic physicians cooperate with all other
branches of medical science referring patients to other practitioners
diagnosis or treatment when appropriate.
medicine celebrates the healing power of nature.
medicine is dedicated to the study and celebration of nature’s healing
It is as old as healing itself and as new as today’s medical
is a dynamic philosophy as well as a profession that recognizes the
interconnection and interdependence of all living things. It utilizes
natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies to treat illness and
promote wellness by viewing the body as an integrated whole.
medicine is defined by principles rather than by methods or modalities.
all, it honors the body’s innate wisdom to heal.
physicians practice the six fundamental principles of naturopathic
Healing Power of Nature
Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
and Treat the Causes
Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
Do No Harm
the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
the Whole Person
View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual
Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.
Physicians Are Trained As Primary Care Providers
medicine (NDs) are trained as primary care providers and, as such,
of practice may include...
Physical and clinical diagnosis
Laboratory diagnosis and diagnostic imaging
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine
physicians learn to treat all aspects of family health and wellness,
pediatrics to geriatrics. They tailor their therapies to meet the
needs of each patient, factoring in physical, social, emotional and
aspects before prescribing a course of treatment. Because they view
remedies as complementary as well as primary, naturopathic physicians
with other medical professionals, referring patients to allopathic
doctors, surgeons and other specialists whenever appropriate.
board certified by the North
American Board of Naturopathic Examiners and is a licensed naturopathic
physician in the state of Arizona. Though
physicians are duly licensed as primary care physicians in many states,
state of Texas does not provide a means for licensing of naturopathic
physicians. As such, Dr. Wilson does not diagnose or treat medical
in the state of Texas. Dr. Wilson provides natural medicine and
options and counseling for illness, wellness, and healthy
Physicians Are Rigorously Trained
naturopathic physicians have attended a four-year undergraduate program
plus a four-year professional-level
accredited institutions, where they have been educated in the same
sciences as allopathic physicians. These programs actually require more
of basic and clinical science than many top allopathic medical schools.
their first two years of study, the
curriculum focuses on basic and clinical sciences, covering...
Macro- and Microbiology
For at least
the final two years of their
program, students intern in clinical settings under the close
licensed professionals, such as NDs, MDs, and DOs.
naturopathic medicine use the Western medical sciences as a foundation
to build a thorough knowledge of holistic, non-toxic therapies and
skills in diagnosis, disease prevention and wellness optimization.
their degree, doctors of naturopathic medicine learn virtually all the
modalities of proven natural therapies...
Acupuncture, Acupressure, and Oriental Medicine
Mental-Emotional and Lifestyle Counseling
Physical Medicine and Manipulation
naturopathic medical schools must pass the comprehensive naturopathic
physicians licensing examinations (NPLEX) to be licensed as primary
physicians. Candidates for full licensure must also satisfy all
requirements for the individual state or province in which they plan to
naturopathic physicians artfully blend modern, cutting-edge diagnostic
therapeutic procedures with ancient and traditional methods. They offer
world a healing paradigm founded on a rational balance of tradition,
and respect for nature.
Medicine Offers Healthy Options for a Changing World
In America, 38
percent of adults and 12 percent of children use complimentary and
medicine (CAM) regularly. Conditions commonly treated include back
pain, joint pain, arthritis, head and chest colds and, among
children, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD).
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, December
Care for Adults
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.
- Gardening and
eating salads reduce lung cancer risk in current and former smokers by
up to 71 percent.
- Yoga decreases
fatigue and sleep disturbances while increasing vigor in women with
early stage breast cancer.
News & Observer,
- 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.
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.
Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NIH, June
Medicine and Women’s Health
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.
National Market Measures survey for Landmark Healthcare, Inc., 1999
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
US News & World Report,
- From 1998 to
2000, the number of hospitals offering alternative therapies nearly
doubled to 15.5 percent of all hospitals.
American Hospital Association
survey, New York Times, April 2002
- Over 100
hospital-sponsored integrative clinics have sprung up across the
nation, and the number is growing.
Integrative Medicine Consult, October 2001
- 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.
Traditional Medicinals Gallup Canada Survey, October 1999
difference between naturopathy and homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a system of preparing and selecting medicines
the work of a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843).
are selected which in large doses will provoke symptoms similar the
instead are prepared in minute quantities. Naturopathy is a licensed
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
method of treatment, again fitting the naturopathic tenet of, Primo
nocere, or do no harm. At
Wilson was trained in classical homeopathy.
Are you covered
by my health insurance?
Maybe! Our patients
determine whether their policies cover us and
companies themselves. The insurance market is changing rapidly so it is
difficult to keep track of which companies are covering our services.
found the best coverage to be from policies written in states which
naturopathic doctors, so
check with your
insurance company. Our office does not provide billing codes,
forms, or letters of medical necessity.
you test for (name your disease)?
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
pertinant findings to your office visit. Along with
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
treat (name your disease)?
Yes and No. We
wellness plans for people. Everyone has their own individual response
environment and their disease. Let's say we had 10 women come to the
concerned about their menopausal symptoms. Each would leave with a
naturopathic plan. Dr. Wilson applies the consistent principles of
to each person, and bases her recommendations upon these for every
case. This also
applies to the question,
How do you treat (name your
is no one solution
What should I
expect on my first visit with Dr. Wilson?
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
that pertain to your current condition.
first office visit with Dr. Wilson consists of a comprehensive medical
and initial recommendations. This
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
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