How Does Naturopathic Medicine Compare to Conventional Medicine?
Let’s cover what the two practices have in common: both practices require a licensed doctor with years of advanced education. Both doctors can provide primary care healthcare services to their patients, and both have similar training backgrounds. The primary differences between naturopathic and conventional medicine lie within the philosophical approach and the therapies used in treatment.
Naturopathic Doctors, known as NDs, treat patients as individuals. NDs address the physical, environment, lifestyle, attitudinal, and emotional aspects of health. This allows naturopathic doctors to find, and ultimately treat, the cause of the ailment or disease using a variety of therapies. On the flipside, conventional doctors will generally address and treat the symptoms of disease. Conventional doctors will often prefer to resort to using pharmaceutical therapies or invasive surgeries to address the symptoms, rather than treating the root cause.