Naturopathic Medicine

Employing natural treatments. Empowering you.

Taking charge of your health can transform your life. After all, a healthier you is a more confident, more resilient and happier you. Naturopathic medicine – also referred to as “naturopathy” – is a comprehensive healthcare approach that employs natural treatment methods to stimulate and support the body’s innate system for self-healing.

What is naturopathic medicine?

Naturopathic medicine concentrates on the whole person, not simply a set of symptoms, and can be applied to a wide range of health conditions, suitable for any age.

Treatment always begins with the “least force” intervention, as appropriate to the patient and his or her condition. Often this may mean simple diet and lifestyle changes, or for those with more significant conditions, treatment may also include specific nutrient support with vitamins, minerals and/or herbs.

Due to advances in surgery and drugs, Naturopathic Medicine almost disappeared in the 20th century. However it is enjoying a re-emergence to suit a shift in consumer demands in the 21st century. As consumers become more interested in preventative medicine, as well as searching for more effective and safer alternatives to many conventional treatments, natural and alternative therapies are once again gaining well-deserved attention.

What is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND)?

Naturopathic doctors are general care doctors, specializing in natural and alternative therapies. ND’s address the underlying cause of disease through effective, individualized natural therapies that integrate the healing powers of body, mind and spirit.

ND’s are unique in providing diagnosis and treatment that bridge both conventional and natural medicine perspectives, integrating scientific research with the healing powers of nature. The goal of any ND is to employ therapies that support and promote the body’s natural healing process, leading to the highest state of wellness.

As professional leaders and pioneers in science-based natural medicine, naturopathic doctors support broad inclusion, collaboration and equal access in the healthcare system at all levels.

To be licensed as an ND in the state of California, as Dr. Stephenie Riley is, individuals must have graduated from a four-year, accredited, graduate-level Naturopathic Medical School. Licensing also requires successful completion of national, professional board examinations. In addition to standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic doctor completes training in clinical nutrition, homeopathy, botanical medicine and counseling. Finally, because naturopathic medicine is a constantly evolving field, ND’s must complete annual continuing education credits to ensure their practice embraces the most current treatment standards.

Why should I choose to visit a Naturopathic Doctor (ND)?

ND’s can provide a broad range of services, including annual physical exams, treating ear infections, providing support for chronic allergies, and more. Naturopathic medicine can benefit all people looking to take a more natural approach to their healthcare. Common conditions treated successfully with Naturopathic Medicine include, but are not limited to:

•    Acne/Skin Problems
•    Allergies/Eczema
•    Fatigue
•    Headaches/Migraines
•    Insomnia/Sleep Disturbances
•    Joint Pain
•    Menopausal Symptoms
•    Overall Immune Support
•    Weight Loss

What could I expect from a visit with a ND?

First office appointments with a Naturopathic Doctor are quite different from a conventional office visit. You will generally spend a full hour with Dr. Riley. This will include discussing the complete history of your ailment, as well as reviewing your diet, lifestyle habits and family history.

Treatments may be as simple as diet or lifestyle changes. Certain testing may be requested such as screening blood work or other diagnostic testing or lab services. Follow-up appointments vary depending upon the complexity of the problem being addressed and the treatment initiated in the previous appointment.