What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Updated: Aug 7, 2020

I thought I would start out by talking about what Naturopathic Medicine is. Many people have some misconceptions about what Naturopathic Physicians do and don't do. Let's address some of these misconceptions, shall we?

Misconception #1: Naturopathic Physicians are anti-vaccine. Naturopathic Physicians are not anti-vaccine. In fact, one of the six principles of naturopathic medicine is "prevention." Vaccines can be important in the prevention of certain diseases. There are some Naturopathic Physicians who choose not to provide vaccines in their practice. This doesn't always mean that particular physician is anti-vaccine. In Washington State, Naturopathic Physicians are authorized to carry and administer vaccines, however it requires specific equipment and following strict guidelines in order to do so.