In addition, Naturopathic Medicine offers many other modalities (or ways to treat patients) such as homeopathy, laboratory testing, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, botanical medicine, dietary supplements, and nutrition. As the above basic principles of Naturopathic Medicine describe, the whole person is taken into consideration before a treatment plan is chosen.
For example, instead of placing a patient on a pharmaceutical grade anti-depressant to treat the symptoms of depression, a Naturopathic Physician will search for and address the cause of the depression. The reason for one’s depression could be situational such as a work environment or a relationship. It could also be due to a nutrient deficiency that would cause a depletion of a specific neurotransmitter that assists in modulating mood. Deep sadness that accompanies the death of a close friend or family member is often perceived as depression, but is a perfectly healthy emotional response. Once the reason for the depression is discovered, appropriate psychological, nutritional, and/or lifestyle therapies can be prescribed.