Naturopathic medicine emphasizes prevention, treatment and optimal health utilizing the body’s innate self-healing processes. Naturopathic treatments may include the following practices and modalities: clinical and laboratory testing, nutritional and botanical medicines, dietary recommendations, homeopathy, intravenous and injection therapies, lifestyle changes and various forms of counseling. NDs use a wide range of natural therapies and also write prescriptions for pharmaceuticals when appropriate. Naturopathic doctors seek to treat the underlying causes of disease and to restore the whole body to optimal health. Naturopathic doctors promote wellness using the safest, most effective and least invasive therapies available.