What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Our clinic, over the last 30 years, has seen an extraordinary increase in consumer demand for safe, effective and cost-effective natural health care. Naturopathic medicine has emerged as the health-care profession best suited to meet this demand.
Naturopathic Medicine offers both traditional and natural therapies, specializing in promoting health and wellness while preventing disease. Naturopathic Medicine utilizes the most natural, least invasive therapies when possible to stimulate the body’s natural healing force in restoring and maintaining health. Naturopathic physicians are primary care doctors in Vermont offering a more preventive approach to all health issues. CCNM has over 1000 primary care patients.

What makes naturopathic medicine different from traditional medicine?

Naturopathic medicine differs from traditional medicine in approach and philosophy. Naturopathic medicine focuses on prevention and identifying the cause of an illness or imbalance. We use both natural and pharmaceutical therapies to correct imbalances and not just treat symptoms. Naturopathic medicine emphasizes therapeutic methods and substances, which encourage the person’s inherent self -healing

Will I need to be on supplements if I see a Naturopath? 

Although many health issues can be improved with life style changes such as better diet, stress reduction, fresh air, clean water, and exercise, even the best of life styles today require additional support for optimal health.  Because of modern diets and living conditions, and for genetic reasons, there are certain vitamins and other nutrients that you are unable to acquire in adequate amounts to meet your need for optimal health. There is a continuum between optimal health and illness, and the closer one is to the optimum, the less likely one is to face a health crisis or illness.  Some supplements are temporary, used to treat an acute situation, while others are recommended for optimal health. 

Do supplements have adverse effects?

Supplements, natural medications and food all have the potential of causing adverse effects. This is all the more reason to be under the care of an experienced doctor who can monitor progress and possible side effects, as well as optimize results.


Does naturopathic medicine really work?

Yes! Naturopathic medicine has been proven to be effective in treating and managing most conditions. If a complementary medicine is needed for a severe condition, naturopathic medicine can support the healing process