Naturopathic physicians combine the
wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Steeped in traditional
healing methods, principles and practices, naturopathic medicine focuses on
holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By
using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic physicians help
facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health.
It is the naturopathic physician’s role to identify and remove barriers to good
health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment.
Naturopathic physicians in Portugal work
in private practices, clinics and community health centers.
NDs treat all medical conditions and can
provide both individual and family health care. Among the most common ailments
they treat are allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances,
obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause,
adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. NDs can
perform minor surgeries, such as removing cysts or stitching up superficial
wounds. However, they do not practice major surgery. NDs are trained to utilize
prescription drugs, although the emphasis of naturopathic medicine is the use
of natural healing agents.