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What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy is a system of health care that combines the best of conventional medicine with the best of alternative therapies. Naturopaths look at the human body in the same general way as medical doctors do - we use the same physiology, the same biochemistry, the same pathology. We view the body differently, however, in that we believe that your body has a strong innate ability to heal itself. Our job then, is to give your body the right tools in terms of nutrition, vitamins and minerals, and botanical substances or homeopathic remedies if necessary. Also we can enhance your body's abilities by removing barriers to health such as toxins, stressors, emotional imbalance or pathogens. In essence, we try to create the necessary conditions for your body to heal itself. Your body has this ability as part of it's amazing design, and Dr. Amy Neuzil, ND will help to create the perfect environment for your body to do it's work.
Dr. Amy received similar training to a conventional doctor, and had to pass similar board exams for her Arizona license. She uses the same terminology and lab tests to measure progress, but she approaches your health very differently. Dr. Amy looks at your body as a dynamic whole – no one system works without all the other systems. This means that your health plan will be designed uniquely for you and will take your lifestyle, time and committment into account. Dr. Amy believes there is no one-size-fits-all plan, and she will work to find the options that are best for YOU. This approach is extremely successful for clients with chronic conditions (like diabetes or fibromyalgia) or acute illnesses (like a cold or flu). Dr. Amy will also work in conjunction with your conventional doctors or specialists to make sure you are getting the best care possible and that all of your treatments work well together.
Legally, the practice of naturopathy is regulated differently from State to State. In some States, naturopaths are licensed as primary care and have the same legal rights as an M.D. would. In Texas, Naturopaths are not licensed. Here in Texas, naturopaths may act as a health consultant but are not able to serve as a physician, or as primary care and cannot write prescriptions. This means Dr. Amy is not able to diagnose or treat illness but she can act as a health consultant to help you improve your state of health and wellbeing as a whole person. In Texas because of the lack of regulation it is especially important to make sure your ND is fully educated and qualified.
A complete list of qualified Naturopaths, as well as more information, can be found on the American Association of Naturopathic Physicins website.
Dr. Amy Neuzil, N.D. received her doctorate from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2003. She currently holds an active Arizona license, and maintains a busy practice in Austin, Texas. Dr. Amy also lectures frequently and holds women's health seminars and women's health retreats. Doctor Amy is working with the Texas Association of Naturopathic Physicians to help encourage proper licensing and regulation for Naturopathic Doctors in Texas.