What is Naturopathy?

NaturopathyNaturopathic physicians are primary care providers that are specialists in natural healing. There are two premises that separate naturopathic medicine from conventional medicine. The first is the basic philosophy behind healing. Rather than merely treating symptoms, naturopathic physicians strive to understand and treat the underlying cause of disease. In this way permanent cure may be rendered, which is in accordance with the laws of nature. Secondly, naturopathic physicians use gentle, effective, and drug-free remedies.

The History of Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathy developed as a separate and distinct form of medicine in 1902. At that time, naturopathic medicine flourished with more than 20 medical schools, and thousands of practitioners. Drawing from the collective wisdom of cultures spanning the entire globe, over thousands of years, naturopathy stepped forward as a unique entity among the medical community. With the rising popularity of pharmaceuticals, and the “magic bullet”, naturopathic medicine experienced a decline. Currently, naturopathy is reemerging as the premier source for alternative medicine. Society is becoming more concerned with their own longevity and healthfulness, and is more skeptical of drug therapy, which may be toxic.

What Natural Therapies and Services are Offered?

  • Botanical/Herbal Medicine
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Homeopathy
  • Naturopathic Manipulative Therapy
  • Specialized Lab Tests for food allergy, hormone levels, digestive function, toxic elements screen, osteoporosis/heart disease risk, etc.
  • Traditional Chinese/Ayurvedic Medicine
  • Anti-Aging Medicine
  • Natural Hormone ReplacementTreatment for a large variety of health conditions, including:
  • Arthritis
  • Fatigue
  • Hypertension
  • Skin Problems
  • Diabetes
  • Recurrent Infections
  • Allergies
  • Prostate Problems
  • Menopause
  • Autoimmunity
  • Headaches
  • Pre/Post Surgery
  • Digestive Problems
  • Cleansing/Detox
  • Heart Disease
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Chronic Pain
  • High Cholesterol
  • PMS
  • Infertility
  • Osteoporosis
  • Smoking Cessation

How are Naturopathic Physicians Trained?

Naturopathic colleges are four-year graduate level medical schools with admission requirements comparable to those of other medical schools. The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree is awarded after 4,552 hours of classroom, clinical, and practical study are completed. These four years include training in the basic medical sciences, along with additional hours in nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine, IV/Injection Therapy, minor surgery, and acupuncture among others.

NMD’s are Trained in:

  • Anatomy
  • Clinical Assessment
  • Neurology
  • Radiology
  • Pathology
  • Dermatology
  • Pharmacology
  • Oncology
  • Laboratory
  • Gynecology
  • Cardiology
  • Psychology
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Exam
  • Pulmonology
  • Obstetrics

The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine Identify and Remove the Cause:

Naturopathic physicians seek to remove the underlying cause of illness and disease, rather than just suppressing symptoms.

The Healing Power of Nature:

The belief that the human body possesses within it, the inherent wisdom needed to achieve complete health. The duty of the physician is to remove obstacles to cure, strengthen, and support immune function.

Doctor as Teacher:

The naturopathic practitioner and the patient work as a team toward wellness. The Doctor educates the patient, empowering the patient to take his/her role in the healing process.

Do no Harm:

Naturopathic approaches use nontoxic, natural therapeutics that are effective, gentle, and without side effects.


Naturopathic physicians emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity, susceptibility to disease, and helping the patient make appropriate changes to prevent illness.


Dr. AnnAlisa Behling, N.D.