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Naturopathic Services

Naturopathic Services

What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a holistic approach to health, practiced with the understanding that the body possesses strong natural defenses and the ability to heal itself, even from many serious conditions. Naturopathic medicine incorporates a wide range of non-toxic therapies such as diet change, nutritional supplementation, detoxification, homeopathy and herbs to strengthen the body and restore its self-healing abilities.
Shannon Hudson, ND
Dr. Shannon Hudson, ND
Naturopathic Doctor, License #587

Shannon Hudson is a licensed naturopathic doctor in the state of California who works with patients to overcome health challenges and cultivate vibrant health with a holistic, integrative approach. Guided by the knowledge that the body is designed to heal, she looks for “obstacles to cure” that may stand in the way of healing and helps individuals repair and re-balance their physiology using laboratory testing (when indicated) and an eclectic, personalized mix of non-toxic therapies including diet and lifestyle counseling, nutritional supplementation, herbal medicine, homeopathy, intravenous micronutrient therapy, and hands-on musculoskeletal techniques. Dr. Shannon holds an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and received her doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon after completing nearly 4,700 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical training. Shannon joined the Dunamis team in May 2021 and works out of the Market location.

    The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

    1. The body possesses a natural ability to heal. Naturopathic doctors work to understand how the body functions and what it needs to restore health.
    2. Identify and treat the root cause. Beyond merely controlling symptoms, ND’s go further by attempting to understand what causes symptoms in the first place, then taking steps to collect the underlying imbalance.
    3. Do no harm. When considering possible treatments, a naturopathic doctor will generally favor non-toxic, natural solutions over pharmaceuticals.
    4. Treat the whole person. Body, mind, emotions and spirit all influence health and well-being.
    5. The doctor as teacher. Naturopathic doctors recognize the importance of developing strong interpersonal relationships with patients, and empowering them with information and tools to improve their health.
    6. Prevention is the ultimate goal. By promoting healthy lifestyle choices and non-toxic therapies, naturopathic medicine’s highest aim is to prevent chronic illness and help patients age with grace.

    Training of Naturopathic Doctors

    A licensed naturopathic doctor (ND) has attended a four-year, post-graduate naturopathic medical school that is accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. Similar to conventional medical schools, the science curriculum includes anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, cardiology, neurology, radiology, minor surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, psychology, dermatology, and clinical and physical diagnosis. 
    In their clinical training, naturopathic medical students learn approaches to identify and remove barriers to health, and treatments that facilitate the body’s natural healing mechanisms. The goal is always to employ the most effective therapy while minimizing the risk of side effects or complications.
    The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree (ND or NMD) is awarded after more than 4,000 hours of classroom, clinic and practical study. Naturopathic doctors must pass rigorous professional board exams to become licensed by a state or jurisdiction.