NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

Focusing Nature's Healing

Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct medical discipline that emphasizes the healing power of nature: both the intrinsic ability of our bodies to heal themselves as well as the healing properties of the natural world. Additionally, naturopathic medicine embraces the principles of:

  • Treating the whole person. Naturopathic medicine recognizes the interconnectedness of the body and aims to support the whole body.
  • Minimizing the harm done to patients. This includes providing the lowest-risk treatments possible for a given condition.
  • Teaching patients about their bodies and their health. This takes the form of thorough medical visits that are longer than those typically experienced with other types of providers.
  • Preventing disease. Naturopathic medicine focuses on the foundations of health, including diet, exercise, sleep, and stress management. Doing so helps prevent disease from happening in the first place or prevent it from recurring.
  • Treating the root cause of disease. This includes exploring all the potential influences on a patient's health and addressing disease at its source.
Naturopathic medical doctors (designated as NMD in Idaho and ND in other states) are trained in an accredited 4-year naturopathic medical education with over 4,100 hours of didactic and clinical training. They receive licensure to practice naturopathic medicine after completing naturopathic medical licensing examinations. In many states, including Idaho, naturopathic medical doctors are licensed to provide primary care medicine for patients. This includes performing physical exams, making diagnoses, ordering imaging and laboratory testing, and prescribing both natural treatment recommendations and pharmaceutical medications.

In North America, naturopathic medicine is represented professionally by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Institute for Natural Medicine.

What to Expect at a Naturopathic Medical Appointment

In order to provide holistic healthcare, Dr. Michael need to understand your whole self. This takes time and doesn’t happen in just a few short minutes. That is why your initial visit with Dr. Michael is about 90 minutes long. During that initial appointment, he will:

  • Get to know you, your health journey, and your health goals
  • Understand your personal and family medical history
  • Learn about your current social history, including your occupation, health habits, stressors, and living situation
  • Take a detailed inventory of the medications and supplements you are currently taking
  • Perform a pertinent physical exam
Based on that information, Dr. Michael may recommend additional laboratory testing, imaging, or one of many naturopathic therapeutic options. This could include nutritional counseling, lifestyle recommendations about sleep and exercise, botanical (herbal) remedies, supplements, homeopathic medicines, physical medicine treatments, hydrotherapy (treatments using water), and more.
 
A healing journey with naturopathic medicine is a journey. It can’t happen all at once, and it can’t just happen in the office. In fact, most progress that you experience will come from your efforts at home. Several visits are likely necessary for you to achieve your health goals. During those visits, we will continue to address your health challenges and ways of overcoming them. We will review laboratory and testing results and apply them to your treatment plan.
 
Dr. Michael sees patients in person, in their homes, or over a HIPPA-safe telemedicine platform.

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Hours: 
Monday-Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Patient appointments on select days





Clinic Address (on select days):
1547 S Midway Ave Suite B, Ammon, ID 83406

Phone: 208-252-5188
Fax: 844-556-5990
Email: drmichael@focusedfamilyintegrativemedicine.com

           

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