Sacramento Naturopathic Medical Center (SNMC)
Sacramento Naturopathic Medical Center (SNMC), founded in 2005, now with three California-licensed primary care Naturopathic Doctors on staff, has been the most trusted, and the premier leader of providing compassionate, effective natural/holistic health care (not just disease care) and wellness support in the greater Sacramento area! The entire staff of SNMC seeks to build lasting relationships with every person who walks in the door, attempting to always “walk a mile or more in their shoes,” and provide hope and inspiration along the journey to health transformation.
Our mission is to help patients get to their healthiest self by treating the whole person—emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, physically, and mentally, more than merely treating symptoms.
We believe the key to a quality life and lasting wellness is to treat the root cause of dis-ease! The choice to thrive versus survive is not only possible, but highly obtainable with naturopathic medicine and compassionate doctors. It’s time to choose a better future—choose health first!
While there are many similarities in how NDs and MDs are trained and practice, there are also important differences. MDs are taught to focus on obtaining a scientifically-based diagnosis that then guides the therapy offered. Often these therapies are aimed at blocking or suppressing a symptom, such as using pain killers and anti-inflammatory medicines for arthritis or using an antibiotic to treat an infection. This approach is very effective especially for treating emergencies and life-threatening health problems, but it often does not work to correct the causes of health problems and has a poor track record in the treatment of chronic diseases which are difficult to diagnose, such as chronic fatigue.
MDs by in large tend to take a reductionist approach to health care; that is they focus on treating the disease not the patient. While also using scientific methods and arriving at many of the same diagnoses as MDs, naturopathic doctors take a more holistic approach and try to understand causes behind a patient’s diagnosis so these can be effectively managed. So, for example, an ND may use herbal or nutritional substances to relieve pain and reduce inflammation in a patient with arthritis, while at the same time use therapies to support healthy joint function and restore damaged tissues. Using a more holistic model, the ND may also look into the role that food intolerances or gastrointestinal health may play in the patient with arthritis.
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