Frequently Asked Questions

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability.  Naturopathic physicians design comprehensive treatment plans that blend modern science and traditional naturopathic medicine to not only treat disease but also restore health.  By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health.  

Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

Healing Power of Nature—By finding and removing obstacles to cure, this self-healing capacity of our bodies can be nurtured and supported to achieve a state of optimal health.  

Identify and Treat the Cause—Rather than cover up symptoms, naturopathic doctors try to find and treat the cause of the symptoms.  

First, Do No Harm—When designing a treatment plan, naturopathic doctors start with the least invasive therapeutics first, such as diet and lifestyle modifications, exercise, and stress reduction.  Naturopathic doctors want to use therapies with few to no side-effects and want to support the body’s natural healing process.  

Doctor as Teacher—I am very passionate about this principle.  I strive with every patient to teach them about their body so that they can begin to take charge of their own health.  By explaining why a particular food or vitamin will help their illness, they feel empowered and excited to begin a journey of health!

Treat the Whole Person—Each patient has a unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, sexual and spiritual makeup.  I realize that all these factors affect our health and therefore include all these aspects when writing a treatment plan.

Prevention—By following the above principles, a naturopathic physician offers a preventive model of care, helping to prevent the reoccurrence of disease and illness. 

What to expect at the first visit

The first visit consists of an extensive intake covering your main concerns, medical history, lifestyle, and other factors. Physical exam and laboratory testing, when indicated, are conducted in order to gain a detailed understanding of you and your present state of health.  A personalized, comprehensive treatment plan will then be reviewed with Dr. Hudson.  An average initial visit is 1.5 to 2 hours long.  

Follow up visits may include massage or craniosacral therapy, reviewing laboratory results, and fine-tuning treatment prescriptions as your health status and symptoms change.