Naturopathic doctors (NDs) attend a four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school and study the same basic sciences as allopathic doctors (MDs) — and are recognized as primary care providers for most health plans based in Washington state. In addition to standard medical studies, NDs have extensive training in clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy and physical medicine, including a wide range of self-care strategies. NDs perform physicals (including annual exams), order laboratory tests and x-rays, and create customized treatment plans that include dietary and lifestyle elements for each patient’s specific needs. They have the ability to prescribe a wide range of prescription medications. Like all primary care providers, naturopaths refer to a full range of specialists as needed.
Today’s use of medicinal plants, known as Clinical Phytotherapy, has its origins in rich herbal traditions from all over the world. Scientific evidence in medical literature has documented the effectiveness of many plants in the treatment of disease and restoring health. Dr. Way uses botanical medicines from Native American, European, Chinese and Ayurvedic traditions.
Many health conditions are treated successfully with nutrition. Therapeutic diets, fasting, detoxification diets, elimination diets and therapeutic use of foods are a cornerstone of naturopathic treatment. To achieve maximum therapeutic benefit nutritional supplements are prescribed to address your unique health conditions.
Physical Medicine & Physiotherapy
This subspecialty of Naturopathy involves external treatment modalities applied to the body to enhance healing. Therapy is focused on soft tissue, bones, spine and muscles. Secondary benefits of physiotherapy can affect the skin, immune system, lymphatic system and overall well being.
The following services are available at our clinic:
- Trigger point injections
- Therapeutic exercises/stretches
- Infrared therapy
- Hot pack/cold pack application
When structural, postural or spinal treatments are indicated, Dr. Way refers to Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Massage Practitioners. Spinal manipulation, craniosacral and soft tissue manipulation are helpful adjunctive therapies to your Naturopathic wellness program. Dr. Way also refers to physical therapists if patients need specialized rehabilitation.
The medicine of choice for the British Royal Family and many European countries, Homeopathy uses small doses of natural substances to stimulate the body’s healing response. If your health condition indicates a remedy, Dr. Way may recommend a specific homeopathic medicine for your acute condition. Bach Flower remedies are often advised for complex cases involving psychosomatic (mind & body) dysfunction. For patients who require more intensive homeopathic workup, Dr. Way refers out to naturopaths who specialize in Classical Homeopathy.
Lifestyle and Fitness Counseling
Naturopathic physicians are teachers, giving patients sound counsel on stress management, exercise, diet, proper lifestyle and sleep habits. Evaluating the whole person takes into account the patient’s occupation, environmental issues and their psychosocial health. Guiding patients to make healthier choices and reach their weight management/fitness goals is an integral part of Naturopathic treatment.