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What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a field of health care that addresses patient wellness through health promotion, disease prevention, and management of underlying causes of a patient’s health concern. Naturopathic Doctors provide individualized, evidence-informed care in order to support the body’s innate ability to heal and maintain optimal health. Please visit the AANMC website for more information.

Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic Medicine

1 | First do no harm

2 | Harness the healing power of nature

This is done by supporting the body's innate healing processes and managing obstacles to cure.

3 | Identify & treat the root causes of disease

4 | Doctor as teacher

Naturopathic Doctors take time to educate and empower patients on ways to best sustain their health and wellness.

5 | Treat the whole

Every individual is an integrated system with many factors that play into their overall health.

6 | Practice preventative medicine

"An ounce of prevention saves a pound of cure" - Benjamin Franklin

How are Naturopathic Doctors Trained?

Licensed or registered Naturopathic Doctors (ND) have completed a four-year, nationally accredited naturopathic doctoral program that incorporates both clinical and didactic training in biomedical sciences, lifestyle counseling, nutrition, botanical medicine, and pharmacology. To ensure a graduate has met standard professional qualifications for practice, all NDs must pass a series of board examinations administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NPLEX 1 & NPLEX 2). At this time, Naturopathic Doctors are unable to prescribe pharmaceuticals in the state of Minnesota.

For more information on required hours of training, areas of study, and curricula comparison with other health care professions please visit the AANMC website.


What lab testing do you offer?

Dr. Aidanne MacDonald-Milewski, ND

Lab testing may be needed to bring light to your underlying health concern. Lab testing is not included in the cost of the consultation. Available testing options include, but are not limited to: 

Conventional Blood Draws

  • Examples include: CBC, CMP (Liver & Kidney Function), Thyroid (TSH, Free T3, Free T4), Fasting Glucose, Lipid Panel (Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides), nutrient status (i.e. Vitamin D, Iron, Zinc), etc.

Specialty / Functional Lab Testing

  • GI Health & Stool Testing

  • Hormone Testing 

  • Nutritional Status

  • Food Allergy & Sensitivity Testing

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