What is Naturopathic Medecine?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care - an art, science, philosophy and practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness. Naturopathic physicians (ND's) are primary care and specialty doctors who address the underlying cause of disease through individualized natural therapies that integrate the healing powers of body, mind and spirit.

ND's utilize diverse techniques that include modern and traditional, scientific and empirical methods. They are trained to be the doctor first seen by the patient for general health care, for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic conditions, and for preventative medicine. They also serve those whose treatment by conventional means has not met their needs and who seek Naturopathic care as an alternative.

How Does it Work?

Naturopathic philosophy serves as the basis for Naturopathic practice. Naturopathic physicians are general practitioners trained as specialists in natural medicine. In practice, Naturopathic physicians perform physical examinations, laboratory testing, gynecological exams, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic analysis, and allergy testing. They may order x-ray, ultrasounds, other imaging procedures, and other diagnostic tests.

The current scope of Naturopathic practice includes, but is not limited to:

  • Botanical Medicine
    Plant substances are powerful medicines. Where single chemically-derived drugs may only address a single problem, botanical medicines contain compounds that have a synergistic effect. Their organic nature makes botanicals compatible with the body's own chemistry; hence, they can be gently effective with few toxic side effects.
  • Homeopathic Medicine
    Homeopathic medicine is based on the principle of "like cures like." It works on a subtle yet powerful energetic level, gently acting to strengthen the body's healing and immune response.
  • Physical Medicine
    Naturopathic Medicine has its own methods of therapeutic manipulation of muscles, bones, and spine. ND's may also use ultrasound, diathermy, exercise, massage, water (hydrotherapy), heat and cold, air, and gentle electrical pulses.
  • Psychological Medicine
    Mental attitudes and emotional states may influence, or even cause, physical illness. Counseling, nutritional balancing, stress management, hypnotherapy, biofeedback, and other therapies are used to help patients heal on the psychological level.
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Julie Brush, ND

Julie Brush grew up eating farm-fresh produce and bicycling in the flat countryside. As a NCNM (National College of Naturopathic Medicine) graduate, Julie has completed extensive medical training as a primary care physician and practices under a new paradigm in which patients are listened to, given the tools to achieve optimum health and are an active participant in their own health care.

She is well-prepared to address a myriad of conditions including women's health, pediatrics, allergies, chronic disease, weight loss, and immune, digestive, and neurological health. Her modalities include homeopathy, botanicals, nutrition, lifestyle changes, hydrotherapy, flower essences, UNDA drainage and Bowen therapy.

Naturopathic Primary Care Physician

2BWell Group

julie@2bwell.net

Vida Talebi, ND

Dr. Vida Talebi, ND is a board certified Naturopathic Physician who understands the challenges of keeping your body and mind healthy.

Dr. Vida Talebi, ND, operates at 2bwell clinic, in Lake Oswego, OR, where she specializes in Hormone balance, Gastroenterology, Weight Loss, Obesity, Fatique, Menopause, Depression/Sadness, anti-aging medicine and auto immune disease. Dr. Talebi's expertise in restoring female hormone balance spans across a decade of practical experience. She helps women transition from an overwhelming state of disease and discomfort to a healthier state of being.

Naturopathic Physician

2BWell Groupe

vida@2bwell.net

Jessica Brooke Huffman, ND

Dr. Brooke Huffman is a naturopathic physician committed to helping people enhance their lives by optimizing their health. She works closely with patients to help them remove obstacles to their health as a primary means of resolving their wellness challenges and restoring their health. She facilitates this by providing a foundation for health & wellness through nutrition and lifestyle suggestions as well as customized, targeted therapies that unravel the disease process. Read more

Naturopathic Primary Care Physician

2BWell Groupe

brooke@2bwell.net

Rachael DelToro, ND

Dr. Rachael focuses on treating the whole body, working hard to discover the origin of your medical obstacles. She realized that each patient has a different narrative and needs time to be heard. She spends her time to create a tailored health plan for each individual. She is ready and excited to become your healthcare resource, utilizing an open communication style while tending to her patients at 2BWell Clinics. Her goal is to empower her patients to be closely involved in making their own healthcare decisions. Read more

Naturopathic Physician

2BWell Groupe

rachael@2bwell.net

Karen Cureton, ND, LAc

Dr. Karen Cureton is a board certified naturopathic physician and acupuncturist with a passion for helping people achieve optimal health, no matter what condition they find themselves in. Dr. Cureton is well versed in both preventative health care and treatment of complex chronic disease. She sees patients of all ages for both acute and chronic conditions. Read more

Naturopathic Primary Care Physician

Licensed Acupuncturis

2BWell Groupe

karen@2bwell.net

Rebecca Jennings, ND

educating and empowering others to reach their full potential in health, wellness, and life. Dr. Jennings was attracted to naturopathic medicine because it combined her passions of helping others and learning about the intricacies of human health and physiology.

Dr. Jennings centers her practice around chronic conditions with special interest in: women's health, fertility and preconception counseling, digestive health, autoimmune disease, hormonal imbalance, athletic performance, natural aesthetics, wellness optimization, and prevention. Read more

Naturopathic Physician

Licensed Acupuncturis

2BWell Groupe

rebecca@2bwell.net

Node Smith, ND

Node Smith, ND is a board certified naturopathic physician practicing at 2BWell clinic in downtown Portland, Oregon. He is an expert in vitalist medicine, including hydrotherapy, botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical manipulation, and nutrition. He has mentored and trained with some of the most well known naturopathic doctors of this generation. He is also an adept counselor and life coach.

He specializes in finding the underlying cause of a disease process and stimulating the body's own capacity to overcome, repair and heal. Some specific conditions Node has experience in include gastrointestinal complaints, pain disorders, chronic metabolic and endocrine disorders as well as mental illness and addiction. Read more

Naturopathic Physician

Licensed Acupuncturis

2BWell Groupe

node@2bwell.net