Naturopathic medicine uses complementary therapies including clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, and lifestyle counselling, to assist the whole person in maximising the body’s inherent self-healing capacity.
Naturopathic doctors have seven years of training: three years of university pre-medical sciences, then four years (5,000 hours) at an approved naturopathic medical college. Here they cover the same western medical diagnostic studies as MDs, followed by training in a variety of natural treatment methods, including 1,200 hours of supervised clinical experience.
Naturopathic doctors can therefore use natural healing practices, while taking into account any standard medical treatments the patient may be using, for a truly integrated treatment protocol that is individualised to each patient’s specific needs at that time.
Dr. Penny also uses prescription medications, and can prescribe these when appropriate in the context of treating the whole person.