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Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine (sometimes called "naturopathy") is a distinct system of primary health care that emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process through use of natural therapies. 

What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are primary care physicians who have attended a four-year naturopathic medical school, are clinically trained, and work in all aspects of family health — from pediatric to geriatric care. Many receive additional training in areas such as midwifery and acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

Most NDs provide primary care through office-based private practice. Because NDs view natural remedies as complementary as well as primary, they cooperate with other medical professionals, referring patients to (and receiving patients from) conventional medical doctors, surgeons and other specialists when appropriate.

Educated in all of the same basic sciences as a medical doctor (MD), a naturopathic doctor uses the Western medical sciences as a foundation for diagnosis and treatment. Just like MDs, naturopathic physicians must pass rigorous professional board exams before they can be licensed by a state or jurisdiction. And, for at least the final two years of the medical program, naturopathic medical students intern in clinical settings under the close supervision of licensed professionals.

NDs, however, also study holistic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and promoting wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, NDs are trained in clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, physical medicine and counseling. Another distinguishing feature is the treatment philosophy: naturopathic doctors see the physician as someone who facilitates healing by identifying and removing barriers to health.

About Dr. Caitlin O'Connor:

At Denver Comunity Acupuncture, Dr. Caitlin O'Connor works with patients to understand the root cause of their symptoms and find their way back into balance.  She specializes in women's health and pediatrics, including preconception, fertility, pregnancy and post-partum.  Additionally, she has expertise in hormonal imbalance, auto-immunity, digestive concerns and thyroid disorders.  Most importantly, she strives to listen to her patients and treat them with respect.

To learn more about Dr O'Connor and her practice, visit our Practitioner page, or her website:

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