Using foods, nutrients, lifestyle changes, and herbal medicines
to offer nourishment and greater balance
THE NATUROPATHIC APPROACH
The main difference between the naturopathic doctor’s approach and that of conventionally trained doctors is that NDs are taught to use methods that build on the extraordinary ability of the body to heal itself.
Today’s naturopathic doctor doesn’t turn to pharmaceutical drugs to suppress symptoms, but rather looks for ways to support the body’s natural healing by using astute clinical acumen and modalities such as nutritional modifications, lifestyle interventions, clinically studied botanical medicine, dose appropriate medical nutritional support, acupuncture, and other non-toxic therapies.
WHAT IS A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR?
A variety of practitioners – with a wide range of experience, training, certification, and general competence – practice under the umbrella of “natural medicine”, which has made it difficult and confusing for consumers. Licensed naturopathic doctors are graduates of four-year accredited naturopathic medical schools with admissions requirements comparable to other medical schools. They study the biomedical sciences—cardiology, neurology, radiology, obstetrics, gynecology, immunology, dermatology, and pediatrics—- and are trained in clinical, laboratory and physical diagnosis.
Naturopathic doctors also study clinical nutrition, botanicals, counseling, stress management, and physical medicine. They are not necessarily “anti-pharmaceutical”– but they are cautious when it comes to using drugs, and will always attempt to use the least invasive methods to both diagnose and treat.
We encourage you to further your knowledge on the distinctions and benefits of naturopathic medicine by exploring these references:
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Dr. BreAnna Guan, Natropathic Doctor
Dr. BreAnna Guan attended medical school at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA, where she was awarded the prestigious Sheila Quinn Founder’s Award for service to the Bastyr community.
Excellent service to her clients and community at large is something she continues to hold in the highest esteem.