Take a Proactive Approach to Your Health
Licensed naturopathic doctors (ND) are the only doctors trained to use conventional diagnostic testing AND natural treatments. Naturopathic doctors focus on disease prevention, maximizing your body’s inherent healing ability, and examining illness in a systemic way. With a focus on wellness and prevention, our naturopathic doctors will help you learn everything you can do to enjoy the healthiest life possible.
Every patient at Bastyr receives a Team Care approach. Your team is passionate about your health and will include a licensed naturopathic practitioner and advanced student clinicians.
Bastyr Clinics use a team approach for personalized, individual care.
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Naturopathic medicine offers more tools and treatment options to address most non-surgical conditions. Since we focus on treating the root causes of disease, we not only help patients of all ages prevent and alleviate these conditions, often we can help you reverse chronic health conditions such as asthma, arthritis, and diabetes.
- Allergies and asthma
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic Pain
- Cold and flu
- Digestive disorders
- Integrative cancer care
- Pediatric care
- Sleep disorders
If you are unsure of how to choose the best treatment for your condition, you can begin by making an appointment with a naturopathic care team. Initial appointments are comprehensive and last 90 minutes. Follow-up appointments generally last up to an hour.
Regular checkups are an important part of maintaining optimum health. Wellness Exams are also offered with our naturopathic Team Care approach. They include a thorough physical exam, a comprehensive assessment of all your body’s systems, and additional screenings beyond what annual checkups typically include that are personalized to your health goals, unique health concerns and needs. We don’t just give you a report on your health, your Team will provide you with knowledge and insights that empower you to improve your health.
What Is Naturopathic Medicine?
Hippocrates is famous as “The Father of Medicine” because he collected proven medical practices, developed a scientific approach to healing, and established many of the philosophies all doctors still adhere to. However, with ever-increasing dependence on pharmaceutical solutions the focus of medicine has frequently become treating symptoms rather than the focus on wellness and resolving root causes of disease espoused by Hippocrates.
Naturopathic Doctors utilize the best of modern, science-based diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with a focus on understanding what is causing the health issue and a willingness to include proven natural methods to resolve disease. The word “naturopathy” was introduced in 1892 to describe this approach that combines the best of modern science plus natural therapeutics. The official six principles of naturopathic medicine are very similar to the principles Hippocrates first established over two thousand years ago.
1. The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Nature)
2. Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle Causam)
3. First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
4. Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
5. Treat the Whole Person
Scope of Practice for Naturopathic Doctors
Naturopathic doctors are licensed as primary health care providers in the state of Washington. They have four to five years of medical training, including a two-year clinical internship. Educated in all of the same basic sciences as a medical doctor (MD), a naturopathic physician uses the Western medical sciences as a foundation for diagnosis and treatment. Just like MDs, naturopathic physicians must pass rigorous professional board exams before they can be licensed by a state or jurisdiction. NDs.
however, also study holistic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and promoting wellness. Another distinguishing feature is the treatment philosophy: Naturopathic doctors see the physician as someone who facilitates healing by identifying and removing barriers to health.
Naturopathic physicians can prescribe a number of pharmaceutical drugs (such as antibiotics), but in Washington they currently cannot legally prescribe all pharmaceutical drugs that a medical doctor can prescribe. Naturopathic physicians can perform minor office procedures but will refer patients to outside physicians for more extensive procedures. You should ask your naturopathic physician about the specific drugs or procedures you are considering.