Dr. Alysa Nguyen’s approach to medicine is to help create long lasting health and provide you with tools that you can use to address your acute and chronic health conditions. Naturopathic medicine can truly benefit anyone.
Who would benefit from Naturopathic medicine:
- You want to live a healthier and more fulfilling life.
- You have health problems and want alternative support alongside your current medications.
- You get sick all the time and want to feel better and increase your immune system.
- You don’t feel well and have symptoms, but all your labs are normal and your doctor tells you there’s nothing wrong with you.
- You are concerned that the side effects of your drugs may be worse than the disease.
- You have tried numerous nutritional supplements without noticeable results.
- You are looking for a natural health expert that will answer your questions and work with you to restore your health.
Naturopathic medicine is a comprehensive system of health care, which blends centuries-old knowledge of natural, non-toxic therapies with current advances in the understanding of health and human systems. Currently, naturopathic doctors are licensed in 17 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States territories of Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands as primary care doctors specializing in natural medicine. In these states, naturopathic doctors are required to graduate from an accredited four-year residential naturopathic medical school and pass an extensive postdoctoral board examination (NPLEX) in order to receive a license.
Naturopathic doctors are trained as primary health care practitioners, addressing acute and chronic illnesses, and treating people of all ages with a wide range of therapeutic modalities. Naturopathic doctors are educated in all of the same basic sciences as a medical doctor, but also study holistic and nontoxic therapies with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. The therapies that Naturopathic medical doctors are trained in include herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutritional therapy, lifestyle counseling, physical medicine, Aryuvedic medicine, hydrotherapy and massage. Naturopathic medicine is not defined by any single or particular therapy, but by the principles that guide practice. Naturopathic doctors seek to address the underlying cause of illness. They are trained to look at the body holistically, taking in consideration mind, body, spirit, and how the environment can affect health.
Naturopathic doctors adhere to the following principles to promote the health and well-being of their patients:
First Do No Harm – Naturopathic doctors utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies first.
Identify and Treat the Cause – If the underlying cause of illness is not addressed, symptoms will only return. Naturopathic doctors seek to find and treat the underlying cause of the symptoms.
The Healing Power of Nature – Our bodies have a powerful innate ability to heal itself. By finding and removing the factors that affect this self-healing, like poor diet or unhealthy habits, Naturopathic doctors nurture this innate self-healing.
Treat the Whole Person – View each patient as an integrated whole, consisting of body, mind, and spirit. Consider the multifaceted nature of health and disease within the context of each person’s individual experience and customize treatments to fit each patient’s needs.
Educate Patients – Naturopathic doctors believe in educating patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining optimal health. Time is spent in discussing how diet, lifestyle habits, behaviors and the environment can affect our health. Naturopathic doctors listen carefully to their patient’s concerns, trust their ability to take responsibility for their own health, and allow them to choose the course of their treatment.
Prevention – Naturopathic doctors focus on prevention of illness. They evaluate for risk factors that can make one more susceptible to disease and address them. When we keep ourselves healthy, we’re less likely to need treatment for future illness.