Naturopathic Medicine

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Naturopathic practice blends centuries-old natural therapies with advances in the science of health and human systems, covering all aspects of family health from prenatal to geriatric care.

Conventional (mainstream) or allopathic medicine, as it is sometimes referred to, generally treats symptoms with pharmaceutical drugs. Allopathic medicine attempts to create a force opposite to the symptom. For example, a runny nose might be treated with a drug to dry the sinuses.

Natural medicine concentrates on holistic wellness, centers around the patient and emphasizes prevention and self-care. Naturopathic medicine attempts to find the underlying cause of the patient’s condition rather than focusing on symptomatic treatment. For example, a runny nose might be caused by a food allergy or environmental factor.
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