Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Alexis Chesney talking about Lyme disease

Naturopaths are often the first practitioner a patient at Sojourns will see. They are uniquely positioned to act as the bridge to other physicians and practitioners, both inside and out of the clinic.

Our Naturopaths will often use natural medicine and traditional healing tools, but they can also prescribe pharmaceuticals and help manage the drugs used in chronic conditions. They order and use many assessment tools, including lab tests, common in functional, holistic and western medicine.

Naturopathic Medicine blends the best of western medicine with very long-standing traditional systems of healing. Naturopathic physicians can be primary care providers or specialists, and are trained to care for all members of the family, including pregnant women, infants, children and the elderly.

Naturopathic medicine is based on the following six principles:

  1. First, do no harm.
  2. Treat the whole person.
  3. Identify and treat the cause of illness.
  4. Remove obstacles to healing and health, and allow the healing power of nature to act.
  5. The word doctor means teacher; the doctor should educate the patient and emphasize self-responsibility.
  6. Prevention is the best medicine.

Vermont is one of the few states that has Naturopathic licensing, one of the few states that maintains high standards for Naturopathic training, and one of the few to mandate insurance coverage for health care services rendered by a Naturopathic physician (effective October, 2007).

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