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What Is Natural Medicine

Natural medicine is an independent medical discipline that treats patients with natural remedies instead of conventional medicine. Sometimes referred to as naturopathy, natural medicine is an alternative therapy that promotes the body’s self-healing systems.  

What Is Natural Medicine

Natural medicine is an independent medical discipline that treats patients with natural remedies instead of conventional medicine. 

How Does Natural Medicine Work?

Natural medicine is a practice that has existed for thousands of years. Documented examples of early indigenous peoples of North America, ancient China, and ancient Egypt demonstrate the use of plants to treat various medical conditions. These herbal therapies have been used across several cultures around the globe.  

As science and the application of medicine has improved the uses of these plants have become more effective. The ability to extract and modify plant ingredients allows patients to be treated with natural remedies instead of relying on pharmacological approaches. More recently, natural medicine has seen medical advancements when utilized for emergency medicine, surgical interventions, and pathology.  

Natural medicine is an independent medical discipline that treats patients with natural remedies instead of conventional medicine. Sometimes referred to as naturopathy, natural medicine is an alternative therapy that promotes the body’s self-healing systems.  

Plant based medicines, or herbal medicine, play a large role in naturopathy. Individuals incorporate herbal medicines in their health care according to their unique needs and goals to preserving their well-being. Natural medicine discourages the use of pharmacological drugs by focusing treatment around natural supplements, stress relief practices, and relaxation.  

What Is A Natural Medicine Doctor? 

Conventional medicine focuses on treating symptoms, instead of recognizing the intertwined network of the body’s systems. Natural medicine values the critical role of this intertwined relationship and focuses treatment around this concept. Natural medicine therapies involve treating the body, the mind, and emotions to promote the healing process. Patient treatment revolves around whole body wellness as opposed to a specific area or specific illness.  

Natural Medicine physicians (ND’s) are licensed primary care doctors who are trained to diagnose illnesses and prescribe medications. Natural medicine doctors are required to participate in a doctoral residency program accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME). Their education and training are similar to conventional medical school but also incorporate training on clinical medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, and botanical medicine.  

Individuals must pass the two-part national board exam, Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam (NPLEX) which incorporates biomedical science and traditional clinical medicine.  

It is important to differentiate between a licensed ND and a naturopath provider (who can neither officially diagnose or prescribe). These titles are not interchangeable and should not be treated like they can be.  

For doctors of natural medicine, the belief is that because muscles, bones, and nerves are interconnected, the body’s systems are also connected. And maintaining this structured alignment is crucial for optimized vitality and self-healing. Natural medicine doctors encourage the body to restore its inherent healing ability instead of clinical therapies that suppress symptoms.  

These physicians who are accredited and licensed in natural medicine are able to perform physical examination, diagnostic testing, dietary assessments, and request laboratory tests. Natural medicine providers evaluate these tests and evaluations and establish and adapt therapies to treat their patients.  

Examples Of Natural Medicine Therapies 

Natural medicine treatments are more than just the incorporation of plants and tinctures. Some of these therapies include: 

  • Acupuncture 
  • Detoxification practices 
  • Stress reduction 
  • Homeopathy (the use of natural substances to trigger the body’s self-healing abilities) 
  • Herbs 
  • Nutrition/Nutritional counseling 
  • Exercise therapy 
  • Psychotherapy  

Rooted in a deep practice history, natural medicine has proven beneficial for many patients as a treatment option. Based on traditional philosophies and the biochemical healing properties of herbs, the use of natural therapies promotes total body wellness. This encourages the prevention of illness and stimulation of body’s inherent self-healing functions.  

Naturopathy is a branch of treatment under an Integrative Medicine medical approach. Many integrative medicine physicians recognize the complex networks existing in the body and the need to treat the whole person (body, mind, and spirit). It is incredibly beneficial for many to incorporate natural medicine therapies with Integrative Medicine practices because it does not discount the scientifically established This approach allows patients to attack the cause of their underlying disease while attempting to restore whole-body wellness.  

Natural Medicine Treatments 

Shakthi Health and Wellness Center offers several effective natural medicine options to support standard medical care. Dr. Rao provides several beneficial naturopathic health care therapies for patients to use as tools to enhance peak health for patients.  

  • Dietary Modification Programs 
  • Lymphatic Enhancement Technology (LET) 
  • Acupuncture 
  • Nitric Oxide Testing 
  • Infrared Sauna Therapy 
  • IV Infusion Therapy 

Other Approaches

Dr. Jyothi Rao offers other approaches to wellness for enhanced vitality for her patients. Patients will have access to nutrition recommendations and advice when training for physical activity. She can evaluate your eating habits and determine ideal ways to incorporate plant based food to improve the body’s cellular functioning. Shakthi Health and Wellness Center offers patients Alternative, Complementary, and Functional Medicine approaches to enhance your vitality.  

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If you are interested in learning more about Natural Medicine, or would like more information about improving your health and wellness, CALL Shakthi Health and Wellness Center today! You can speak to one of our dedicated staff members who will set up your consultation with Dr. Jyothi Rao. Dr. Rao is a deeply experienced specialist who will effectively evaluate your symptoms and optimize your body’s vitality. Call (301) 703-5067 and speak to our concierge staff to schedule your appointment today! Schedule Natural Medicine Consultation Here. 

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Our practice believes enhancing your vitality is possible through holistic lifestyle changes. Integrative medicine focuses on the relationship between your mind, body, and soul. We are mindful of this significant union when supporting your path to whole body wellness. 

Our team is composed of skilled medical professionals who are highly knowledgeable in the practice of holistic integrative therapies. We believe patients shouldn’t have to settle for “quick fixes” for their health.  

Our patients are provided with healing-oriented therapies, combining complementary and conventional medicine to promote whole body wellness.   

Our Center believes in the infinite possibilities of health through finite change to one’s lifestyle. We use diagnostic tests to identify deficiencies and develop treatment plans that puts patients back on the path to health and vitality restoring stability and balance.

We believe patients shouldn’t settle. Our practice is not a revolving door. We listen, and most importantly, we hear you. When it comes to your health and well-being, don’t you want to be heard.