What is it?
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a primary and/or complementary health care system that provides a diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness through the use of natural therapies. Naturopathic medicine recognizes the body’s inherent ability to heal and Naturopathic doctors (ND) are trained to recognize and remove obstacles to recovery in order to facilitate the healing process.
Naturopathic doctors focus on identifying the underlying cause of disease by assessing physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors. This is provided through a variety of diagnostic tools including general lab and diagnostic testing, state of the art "functional" testing and other more individualized diagnostic modalities. The therapies used can include physical manipulation, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy lab work, SOA and more. Naturopathy integrates conventional, scientific and empirical methodology with the laws of nature.
Naturopathic doctors also emphasize disease prevention and encourage patient education and self-responsibility for health.
What can I expect at my first naturopathic appointment?
Your first appointment will be from an hour to an hour and a half. Dr. Tack reviews your health history in detail and appreciates previous lab test results, bringing medications/supplements (and when possible) a health history timeline which can include emotional/ physical/major events. With your input she will develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Can naturopathic doctors order lab tests?
Yes. We are certified to order all standard blood work and diagnostic procedures, along with specialized functional testing and other diagnostic techniques.
Will Naturopaths confer with other doctors to manage care?
Absolutely! Dr. Tack will confer with other health care practitioners to coordinate the best possible care for her patients. She also provides speciality referrals.
Can I use naturopathic medicine if I am taking pharmaceutical medications?
Yes with some exceptions. Dr. Tack suggests you always ask your pharmacist about any possible restrictions with your pharmaceuticals.