Naturopathic Primary Care

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine blends centuries-old natural, nontoxic therapies with advances in the science of health and human systems, covering all aspects of family health from prenatal to geriatric care.

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are the only primary care physicians trained in both natural and conventional approaches to prevent disease, treat acute illness, and manage or reverse chronic health conditions. It is effective in treating most health problems, both acute and chronic.

Naturopathic medicine concentrates on whole-patient wellness, centers around the patient, and emphasizes prevention and self-care. Naturopathic physicians are guided by principles that are based on the premise that healing is intrinsic to the nature of all living organisms.

What is the Scope of Practice of Oregon Naturopathic

Oregon naturopathic doctors have one of the broadest scopes of practice in the country and are defined as primary care physicians in Oregon statute. Naturopathic doctors are licensed to diagnose and treat disease, can perform or order diagnostic exams and tests, and can prescribe all pharmaceuticals needed in a primary care practice as well as the natural therapeutics that offer patients even more options to address their healthcare needs.


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Naturopathic treatments include:

Clinical Nutrition

Clinical nutrition refers to the practice of using food to maintain health, the therapeutic use of food to treat
illness, and the utilization of targeted vitamin and nutrient therapy as part of the treatment plan. It also
includes individualized nutrition plans, nutrition counseling, and meal planning.

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Botanical (Herbal) Medicine

Individualized herbal formulas to support overall wellness, prevent illness, and treat disease. Many plant substances are powerful medicines, effective and safe when used properly. Many pharmaceutical drugs found their origin in herbal medicine.

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Physical Medicine

Soft tissue therapies, massage, hydrotherapy, cold laser, as well as therapeutic exercise prescription that includes workout planning, personal training, physical therapy exercise, and injury rehabilitation to speed injury healing and decrease pain.

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Counseling and Stress Management

Mental attitudes and emotional states can be critical elements in healing illness. Naturopathic physicians are trained in counseling, biofeedback, lifestyle, and other mind-body techniques. This includes stress reduction techniques such as meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises.

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Energetic Medicine

This system of medicine is based on the “law of similars” (like cures like) and uses highly diluted natural substances to stimulate the body’s innate ability to heal. This includes homeopathic prescriptions, combination formulations, and UNDA combination homeopathic therapy.

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Minor Surgery

Includes the repair of superficial wounds and removal of foreign bodies, cysts, and other superficial masses, with local anesthesia as needed.

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Pharmaceutical Medicines

Oregon naturopathic physicians can prescribe any pharmaceutical needed for primary care. Naturopathic physicians are the only licensed health care providers with advanced training in drug-drug, drug-herb, and drug-nutrient interactions and/or complications.

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Primary Care Services

Naturopathic physicians are licensed primary care providers. They offer preventive care visits, well child exams, annual medical exams, sports and work physicals, well woman’s exams, other primary care complaints, medication management, and chronic disease control.

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What can you expect at your first appointment?

Dr. Emma will work with you to encourage your body’s built-in healing abilities and encourage health promoting and disease-preventing practices through education.

The first visit is usually 60 minutes and follow-up visits are 30 minutes. During your first appointment, Dr. Emma will review your past medical history, discuss your current symptoms, perform physical exams, and provide patient education. Depending on your health situation, diagnostic tests or imaging may be ordered and treatment options will be provided. Dr. Emma constantly is reviewing research to stay up-to-date on the latest scientific information and incorporates this evidence into her treatment plans. If necessary, Dr. Emma will refer you to other health-care practitioners for specialty care.

Dr. Emma takes the time to carefully and fully assess her patient’s symptoms in order to address the root problem instead of just the symptoms. She speaks and understands the language of conventional medicine and diagnoses the same way as MDs —yet, she brings to the patient a whole new arsenal of treatments and

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A Few Benefits We Offer

Most insurance accepted
Urgent and Same-Day appointments available
Preferred provider for insurance
Convenient location

How are Naturopathic Physicians Trained?

A licensed naturopathic doctor (ND) attends a 4-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school. These schools have rigorous admissions requirements that are comparable to other conventional medical schools. They are accredited by the Council of Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME), which is a programmatic accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

NDs are trained in the same medical sciences as a medical doctor (MD); including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, physical and clinical diagnosis, cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, urology, gynecology, dermatology, neurology, radiology, minor surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychology, and pharmacology.

Differing from MDs, NDs are also trained in specialized naturopathic techniques that can include therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, ayurvedic medicine, hydrotherapy, massage therapy, physiotherapy, naturopathic manipulative therapy, and counseling.

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