A naturopath or naturopathic doctor is a trained primary care provider. From ordering imaging and lab work to exploring emotional causes of physical ailments, naturopathic doctors treat the whole person and address the underlying causes of disease.
What to expect when working with a Naturopathic Doctor
While each visit to Heart Spring Health’s Portland clinic is as unique as the patient, it is common to have the first visit last between 60-120 minutes. This gives us a chance explore the underlying factors affecting your health.
Prior to your visit, we will send you paperwork to complete that includes a thorough health history. When we meet, we will review this together to better understand your concerns. Through physical exam and possibly lab work, your doctor will do a comprehensive analysis of your health that will help inform your personalized treatment plan.
Ultimately, the goal of this first visit is to understand your current health challenges, history and goals. You will leave with a clear picture of how we will work together to support you in your return to radiant health.
Training for a Naturopathic Doctor in Portland, Oregon
Naturopathic doctors complete a intensive four-year post graduate doctorate program. They are required to complete the same prerequisites required for any type of medical school and to study the same basic and clinical sciences a medical doctor studies, including pharmaceuticals. In addition, a naturopathic doctor studies healing through natural substances such as plants, minerals, water, foods and more. The nature-path teaches patients the path to natural health and healing. Learn more about training here.