Why Naturopathic Medicine?

The Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

  1. First do no harm
  2. Identify and treat the cause
  3. Healing power of nature
  4. Doctor as teacher
  5. Treat the whole person
  6. Prevention

Naturopathic doctors are family practice-oriented primary care physicians. Training consists of a four-year, graduate-level, accredited naturopathic medical school.

Naturopathic Physicians receive comparable education to a Medical Doctor, with Naturopaths requiring slightly more credits.

For a detailed course listing, go to the Natural College of Naturopathic Medicine Academics and click on View Program Layouts.

Licensed Naturopathic Physicians in Washington State can:

  • Credential with health insurance providers
  • Write prescriptions for pharmaceuticals-a broad scope with some exceptions
  • Order labs and imaging
  • Refer patients to specialists

But the practical side of what Naturopathic Physicians do goes beyond treating the systems, specifically:

  • Spend more time with patients face-to-face. In fact, I spend 40 to 60 minutes on average with patients on their first visit.
  • Develop a strong working relationship with my patients.
  • Find and treat the real cause of your illness because we look at our patients as the whole person.
  • Review and explain the relevance of labs with my patients
  • Review all treatment options and answer all questions as we look at lower force interventions.