Naturopathic medicine is an integral and distinct part of our health care system.
Naturopathic Doctors are trained and licensed as primary care physicains.
Naturopathic physicians scope of practice include all aspects of family and primary care, from pediatrics to geriatrics.
Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes the principles of preventive medicine, lifestyle education, natural treatment of the whole person, as well as enhancing the body's inherent healing abilities, and empowering the patient through personal responsibility and involvement in health promoting choices.
Naturopathic medicine is based on the philosophy of vis medicatrix naturae, the healing power of nature. This philosophy dates back over 2,400 years to the time of the famous Greek physician Hippocrates who taught that "nature is the healer of all disease". This core philosphy has carried forward into the education and practice of today's Naturopathic Physician.
Education and Scope of Practice
Naturopathic physicians are trained and licensed in Washington state as primary care physicians and undergo training that is similar in extent and scope to the training that medical doctors receive. Dr. Stroud received this Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine in 1987 after successfully completing four years (4,100 hours) of intense graduate study from Bastyr University in Seattle.
Bastyr University is one of the three accredited naturopathic colleges in the country. Bastyr University is world renowned for its degree programs in naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, nutrition, and natural health sciences as well as in its cutting edge research facilities.
In addition to complete training in all medical sciences, naturopathic Medical training also includes: diet and lifestyle counseling, therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, and manipulative therapy.
The word "doctor'"is derived from the Latin root for teacher The word "physician" is derived from the Greek root for nature.
Dr. Steve Stroud, N.D., L.Ac. 310 South Mission Street • Wenatchee, WA 98801 • (509) 663-4365