Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine means treating with the lowest-force interventions available, while having higher-force interventions available if necessary. We use nutrition, herbs, diet and lifestyle counseling, homeopathic remedies, physical medicine, counseling, and exercise to address most health issues. Conventional pharmaceuticals are available too.  One Sky Family Medicine is well integrated into the greater medical community within Seattle, offering a seamless transition when higher levels of care become necessary.

Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease.

Treating both acute and chronic conditions, naturopathic treatments are chosen based on the individual patient – their physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environment and lifestyle factors.

What should I expect from a visit to a Naturopathic Doctor?

A first visit to a naturopathic doctor will be approximately one hour. The doctor will take a very thorough history, asking about your diet, lifestyle, stress, and environmental exposures. Next, the ND will do a physical examination, which may require laboratory tests. In addition to conventional tests, NDs may use unique alternative laboratories such as food allergy testing, stool testing, and nutrient testing. Naturopathic Doctors treat the whole person, which means they consider a variety of factors before they diagnose an illness. Naturopathic Doctors consider patients to be participants in their health care, so you may be asked to make lifestyle changes, such as changing your sleeping, eating, and exercise habit.

What illnesses and conditions are treated by naturopathy?

Naturopathic Doctors treat both acute and chronic conditions. NDs treat the whole person, rather than only treating a disease or its symptoms, aiming to help their patients maintain a balanced state of good health. Naturopathic Doctors treat the individual, not the disease.

Health Care for the Whole Family:

Your entire family can be cared for within the practice.  We provide natural childbirth at home or in freestanding birth centers, pediatric care, and primary care for teens and adults.

  • Pre-conception: improve your health, and the health of your partner, before trying to conceive.
  • Conception: we offer insemination services (intrauterine insemination, IUI), both on-call and in conjunction with other area practices, to assure you maximal chances at conception.
  • Teens: regular preventive care visits
  • Women’s Health: primary care for women, including annual exams. Specialty naturopathic care for many conditions, including migraines, autoimmunity, asthma, eczema, digestive issues, and musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Men’s health: primary care for men. Specialty naturopathic care for many conditions, including diabetes, pre-diabetes, cardiovascular disease, low testosterone, prostatic hypertrophy, and erectile dysfunction.
  • LGBT Health: respectful, resourceful care for individuals of any sexual orientation or gender identity.  Dr. Kass in particular has extensive experience working with the LGBT community, including medical transition (gender-affirming hormones, including testosterone pellet implants [Testopel]) and appropriate reproductive health care in the comfort of a primary care office.

What type of training do Naturopathic Doctors receive?

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.

More resources on Naturopathic Medicine:

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Bastyr University
Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians