What is integrative medicine?
At Onyx, as Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s), we practice integrative medicine (IM). IM combines natural therapies with traditional medicine to work with your body and address the causes of the symptoms you’re experiencing, not simply suppress them. It also means focusing on the whole person; all symptoms — physical, mental, and emotional — are taken into account.
How is a ND similar to a MD?
Like MD’s, ND’s (Naturopathic Doctors) are:
- Licensed medical health care providers
- Licensed to diagnose and treat
- Graduates of 4 year accredited medical school
- Regulated by a Board of Examiners
- Required to invest in continuing education
- Licensed to perform physical exams
- Able to order laboratory testing and imaging
How is an ND different from a MD?
Naturopathic doctors are real doctors, who receive similar level of medical training and utilize similar diagnostic tools, however their approach to health care differs from most medical doctors. ND’s emphasize a therapeutic relationship between doctor and patient, which includes shared decision making in your healthcare. Treatments are guided by the principle of addressing the true cause of symptoms and incorporate a synergy of conventional and holistic therapies to achieve results safely and efficiently. Although ND’s cannot prescribe prescription medications in Kansas, they are trained in pharmacology and will be able to assist in medication management including side effects. An ND may order specialty testing (food allergy panels, adrenal stress tests, genetic/epigenetic testing).
Therapies may include:
- Chinese Medicine
- Clinical nutrition
- Diet and lifestyle counseling