What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are general practitioners that are trained specifically in natural medicine. They are educated in the conventional medical sciences, however they are not orthodox medical doctors (MDs). Naturopathic doctors graduate from a four-year accredited naturopathic medical school. They must pass a national board exam (NPLEX) in order to practice in states that are licensed in naturopathic medicine. The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) supports legislation to license NDs in all states in order to make the distinction between properly trained physicians from those who call themselves NDs without the naturopathic medical school training.
Naturopathic doctors treat disease and restore balance in the body through the use of clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, counseling, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy. Naturopathic medicine is very effective in treating both acute and chronic diseases. The integration of conventional medicine together with naturopathic medicine provides optimum care for patients. Naturopathic doctors perform physical exams, laboratory testing, nutritional and dietary assessments, allergy testing, and other means of diagnosis.
Naturopathic doctors aim to find the cause of a disease rather than just treat the symptoms. The following principles are the foundation of naturopathic medicine:
1.) The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)- There is a healing power within each and every one of us. Naturopathic medicine taps into this energy through the use of natural therapies.
2.) First Do No Harm (Primum non nocere)- Naturopathic doctors use the least invasive methods of treatment in order to avoid unwanted side effects.
3.) Find the Cause (Tolle causam)- Naturopathic doctors aim to find the underlying cause of a certain disease process. This cause can be on the physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual level. They are trained to aid the patient in getting to the core issue.
4.) Treat the Whole Person– There are many factors, which contribute to disease. Physical, emotional, mental, environmental, dietary, lifestyle and many others are often involved concurrently. Naturopathic doctors treat the whole person and investigate all of these factors.
5.) Preventative Medicine– Naturopathic doctors work with the patient in their journey towards optimum health in order to prevent disease before it starts. The prevention of chronic disease is one of the major attributes of natural medicine.
6.) Doctor as Teacher (Docere)- The naturopathic doctor’s role is to teach the patient. It is essential that the patient have an understanding of the process in which they are taking part. The more a patient knows about their body and their treatment the more they become empowered. This is when true healing occurs.
An initial consultation is one hour long. During this first session, the naturopathic doctor will review your past and current medical history. You will also discuss in depth your current diet and lifestyle. The naturopathic doctor will then decide if any testing needs to be done to further aid in your diagnosis and treatment. A personalized treatment plan will be presented and discussed with you. Patient input and compliance is a crucial part of the process.
Initial visit- one hour- $110
Follow up visit- 30 minutes-$55
To schedule an appointment call: 570-604-2800 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Maria Wansacz is a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor and licensed Acupuncturist. Dr. Wansacz graduated from Wilkes University with a B.S. degree in Biology. She then attended Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington to obtain her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Following Bastyr, she went on to receive her degree in Acupuncture from the Tri State College of Acupuncture located in Manhattan. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Association for Professional Acupuncture in Pennsylvania and NCCAOM certified. Dr. Wansacz has over 15 years experience as a Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist. She uses trigger point and motor point acupuncture methods in addition to TCM and cosmetic acupuncture treatments. Dr. Wansacz believes in treating the whole person and educating her patients. She incorporates both her naturopathic and conventional medical knowledge into her personalized treatment plans discussing nutrition, lifestyle changes, vitamins and supplements.
For more information on Naturopathic Medicine please visit: www.naturopathic.org