The primary differences between Naturopathic and conventional medicine is the philosophical approach to health and the therapies used. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) treat patients as individuals by addressing the lifestyle, mental emotional and environmental aspects of health. This allows your ND to find and treat the cause of the disease using natural, non-invasive therapies.
In contrast, conventional doctors generally address and treat the symptoms of disease, rather than the source of the illness, and use pharmaceutical therapies or surgery. Medical doctors (MDs) receive little training in nutrition and lifestyle counselling and are proficient at treating acute and emergent conditions; however, due to time restrictions and current doctor shortages MDs are unable to spend as much time with you as your ND. The ND visits range between 30 minutes to 1.5 hours which contrasts the average MD visit which is between 7-18 minutes.