What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Umbrella_GraphicIn this consumer culture of Dr. Google and internet prescribing, a Naturopathic Doctor is a key player for safe and effective health care. We are The Experts in vitamins, herbal medicine, homeopathy, whole food nutrition,  lifestyle counseling and interactions between medications and  supplements. We have the knowledge of what is indicated for effective treatments, and what is contraindicated or even dangerous. Naturopathic Doctors have a healthy respect for pharmaceuticals, and make it a practice not to take people off prescribed medications without the support and consent from your medical team. ND’s can prescribe hormones, antibiotics, topical products and other medications in some states and provinces.

A Naturopathic Doctor spends time listening to your health story, synthesizing your various health concerns to provide a comprehensive treatment plan. Dr. Wright’s  practical tools include botanical medicine, homeopathy, lifestyle counseling, nutrition, orthomolecular medicine, pharmaceuticals and stress management.  Laboratory testing including blood, urine, salivary or stool samples may also be used to further investigate your health care concerns. These integrative medical practices are grounded in a scientific foundation of exceptional clinical medical skills. Dr. Wright is a licensed ND in the state of Maine and the Province of Ontario. She is a member in good standing with the Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors. She is also an alumni member of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Dr. Masina Wright ND is accepting new patients. As a Naturopathic Doctor she works as part of your health care team,  trained as a primary care provider for acute and chronic medicine. She will work *with* your medical doctors and specialists to ensure that you are getting the best possible care. Because a ND has the luxury of spending time with you, she is able to fully investigate your medical concerns . This ensures that seemingly small but potentially very important details about signs and symptoms are attended to, and a complete picture of your medical history and current wellness goals are developed.

“Naturopathic Medicine is 50% medical and 50% integrative. The practice is solidly based on clinical-medical sciences including pathology and differential diagnosis. Then,  traditional and evidence based integrative medicines are employed to treat the issues.”

ND’s are trained as Family Docs. As part of the degree, they have full clinical rotation in everything from pediatrics to geriatrics. Then, like MD’s, each ND gravitates towards practice specialties they resonate with best. Some specialize in cancer, or diabetes, or mental health, or pediatrics.  Dr. Wright does her best work with people between 18-70 years old.  After 13 years of practice she excels at hormonal, autoimmune,  and stress related issues – including endometriosis, PCOS, fertility, sleep disorders, IBS, anxiety, depression, and lupus.  Like a Family Doctor, she is trained to assess any health condition that walks in the treatment room – and then make the educated decisions of either taking the client on, or referring them to another practitioner that may be better suited to treat that particular constellation of health problems.

Naturopathic Medicine is an umbrella term. Each spoke of the umbrella is a modality of alternative medicine that we are trained in. The underlying theory supporting each modality is that the body has an innate ability to heal itself when supported with gentle, non-toxic natural therapies. There are seven accredited Naturopathic Medical schools in North America – two in Canada and five in the United States. Each of these schools has a rigorous standardized academic program. Every Naturopathic student is taught the same clinical medical courses, and has to pass standardized board exams at years 2 and 4 to obtain a license. Every school also teaches botanical medicine, homeopathy, lifestyle counseling, massage, nutrition, and physical medicine – these are the spokes of our umbrella of care. The US schools have acupuncture as an additional license whereas the Canadian schools provide Traditional Chinese Medicine as part of the core curriculum. Naturopathic Doctors are rigorously trained in pharmacology and minor surgery, and are licensed to prescribe non-controlled legend drugs in some states and provinces. http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/32/title32sec12522.html

For more information on Naturopathic Medicine please visit the following links:

http://www.cand.ca/index.php?78&L=0

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturopathy

http://www.aanmc.org/naturopathic-medicine.php

http://www.naturopathic.org/content.asp?contentid=59

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