RICHMOND'S NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE EXPERT
Receive Expert Natural Medicine Consultation In Richmond Virginia
Look no further for expert Natural Medicine consultations in Richmond and surrounding areas! Here at Essential Natural Health, we take the time to listen to and get to know you as a whole person, working with you to discover, plan and support your own unique route to wellness. Schedule your appointment today!
How Naturopathic Medicine Can Help You
Naturopathic medicine emphasizes preventing disease, encouraging the body’s inherent healing ability, supporting the whole person and empowering clients to be partners in their own health care. While firmly science-based, modern naturopathic medicine also preserves the century-old wisdom of successful natural therapies.
Health Conditions Supported by Our Expert Naturopathic Medicine Provider
Offering preventive and natural medicine health plans for your whole family, from pediatrics to geriatrics here in the Richmond, Virginia area. Our unique naturopathic treatment plans can treat many health conditions, including:
Cold and flu
PTSD (i.e. U.S. Veterans)
Allergies and asthma
Integrative cancer care
If you are unsure of how to choose the best treatment for your condition, you can begin by scheduling your appointment today with our expert naturopathic care team. Initial appointments are comprehensive and last 90 minutes. Follow-up appointments generally last up to an hour.
Wellness exams also are offered in naturopathic Team Care, and include a comprehensive assessment of body systems, screening physical exam and personalized additional screenings tailored to your health goals, risks and needs.
What to Expect with Dr. Micah Allen's Naturopathic Medicine Consultation
The first appointment with our expert naturopathic doctor (ND) usually lasts 90 minutes. The appointment includes a thorough written questionnaire regarding your health history, your health concerns and your lifestyle. The physician will then conduct an in-depth verbal interview about your health and any areas of concern. Follow-up appointments may last about an hour depending on your unique needs. Schedule your appointment today!
In addressing your illness or efforts to optimize wellness, your naturopathic care team might prescribe:
Diet and nutrition changes
Exercise and other lifestyle changes
Education of Naturopathic Doctors
Naturopathic doctors are licensed as primary health care providers in the state of Washington. They have four to five years of medical training, including a two-year clinical internship. Educated in all of the same basic sciences as a medical doctor (MD), a naturopathic physician uses the Western medical sciences as a foundation for diagnosis and treatment. Just like MDs, naturopathic physicians must pass rigorous professional board exams before they can be licensed by a state or jurisdiction.
NDs, however, also study holistic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and promoting wellness. Another distinguishing feature is the treatment philosophy: Naturopathic doctors see the physician as someone who facilitates healing by identifying and removing barriers to health.
Naturopathic physicians can prescribe a number of pharmaceutical drugs (such as antibiotics), but in Washington they currently cannot legally prescribe all pharmaceutical drugs that a medical doctor can prescribe. Naturopathic physicians can perform minor office procedures but will refer patients to outside physicians for more extensive procedures. You should ask your naturopathic physician about the specific drugs or procedures you are considering.
Naturopathic physicians encourage their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes as well as natural therapies to enhance their innate ability to prevent and treat diseases.
Naturopathic physicians craft comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also restore health.
Naturopathic medicine is based on six principles founded on medical tradition and scientific evidence.
First Do No Harm
As simple as this statement reads, Naturopathic Physicians adhere to first doing no harm.
Proactive medicine saves money, pain, misery and lives. That's why naturopathic physicians evaluate risk factors, heredity and vulnerability to disease. By getting treatment for greater wellness, we are less likely to need treatment for future illness.
Identify and Treat Causes
Naturopathic physicians understand that symptoms will only return when the root illness is not addressed.
Let Nature Heal
Our bodies have such a powerful, innate ability for self-healing. By finding and removing obstacles towards health - such as poor diet or unhealthy habits, - naturopathic physicians can assist this process.
Empowering Patients with Knowledge
Naturopathic medicine believes that doctors must be educators, as well as physicians. That's why naturopathic physicians teach their patients how to eat, exercise, relax and nurture themselves physically and emotionally. They also encourage self-responsibility and work closely with each patient.
Treat the Whole Person
We each have a unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, sexual and spiritual makeup. The naturopathic physician respects that all of these factors have a role in our health.
- American Association of Naturopathic Physicians