Naturopathic/Holistic Clinics

Naturopathic clinics (NCCs) are community health centers that offer naturopathic care. These clinics serve diverse populations that are traditionally under-served by mainstream healthcare providers. These patients include low-income families, immigrants, refugees, and Indigenous peoples. They also include patients with HIV/AIDS, transgender individuals, and those who are undergoing palliative care. In a recent study, researchers looked at the similarities and differences between conventional primary care and naturopathic primary care. To do so, the researchers collected data from four naturopathic academic institutions. The study included data from 300,483 patient visits over a five-year period. The study excluded clinics run by schools, and it included both children and older adults. Naturopathic doctors focus on treating the mind and body in a more holistic and personalized way. They treat the underlying causes of a health issue and provide treatment that will improve the patient's overall health and well-being in the future. Many conventional doctors only address symptoms and prescribe pharmaceuticals that do not address the underlying causes. Naturopathic physicians can help alleviate symptoms, improve sleep, and balance cortisol levels in the body. NDs are licensed to practice in many states. They also have to complete continuing medical education courses each year. Unlike MDs, NDs do not have to go through residency programs. However, opportunities to complete these residencies are emerging.