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What is Naturopathy?

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine includes many aspects of conventional medicine as well as alternative medical practices. The focus of naturopathic medicine is to treat the underlying cause of illness with the use of medicines and therapies that are based in nature. Naturopathic medicine combines the science of modern chemistry with the wisdom of older healing traditions. This form of medicine can be applied in an acute situation, or as treatment for chronic conditions. Naturopathic medicine also works well with conventional medicine to support the body’s natural healing abilities.

Naturopathic Doctors

The naturopathic doctor (ND) is a primary health care practitioner who is interested in not just treating the symptoms, but also addressing the fundamental causes of one’s illness. As with a conventional medical doctor, a naturopathic doctor is a state licensed practitioner. The naturopathic doctor can either be a specialist or generalist, and is seen for achieving maximum health or diagnosing and treating chronic and acute conditions.

A licensed naturopathic doctor attends a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical school and is educated in the same basic sciences as conventional medical doctors. In addition to the standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic doctor is required to complete training in clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, counseling, hydrotherapy, minor office procedures and pharmacology. A naturopathic doctor must pass rigorous professional board exams in order to be licensed as a primary care general practice doctor.


Homeopathy is a profound healing practice that has been used by millions of people worldwide for more than 200 years. It uses small, safe doses of plant, mineral, or animal substances to restore balance to the body. Homeopathy recognizes that each person manifests illness in unique and different ways.

At Northern Sun we practice classical homeopathy and choose a remedy that matches a person’s particular response to illness, which includes physical, mental as well as emotional symptoms.

Botanical Medicine

We use herbs as one of our primary tools to improve health and wellness. Naturopathic doctors receive training in the use of herbal medicine to treat acute and chronic conditions. Plants and herbal formulas can provide a gentle and safe alternative or complement to medications, and are the basis of many modern medicines.