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MUIH dean demystifies naturopathic medicine

MUIH dean demystifies naturopathic medicine

Next fall, the Maryland University of Integrative Health in North Laurel will open the Mid-Atlantic’s first school of naturopathic medicine, training its first professionals in this field of alternative medicine.

But what exactly is a naturopathic doctor, and what does one do? Elizabeth Pimentel, dean of the school and a naturopathic doctor herself, explains what patients need to know.

What is naturopathic medicine?

Naturopathic medicine focuses on prevention, treatment and whole-person health, according to Pimentel, and emphasizes the innate wisdom of the body and the healing power of nature.

“Naturopathic doctors use a variety of natural and...