Many plant substances are powerful medicines. They are effective and safe when used properly, in the correct dose and in proper combinations with other herbs, conventional medications or treatments. Today in medicine we still rely on the curative properties of plants in about 75% of medicines. About 500 herbs are employed in conventional medicine, although whole plants are rarely used. Often it is the “isolated constituents” of plants that provide the starting material for the synthesis of conventional medications.
The human body is much better adapted to botanical remedies than isolated chemical medicines because we have evolved with plants over thousands of years. Our biochemistry and physiology is historically well suited to digesting and utilizing plant based foods and medicines. The use of herbal and botanical remedies is experiencing a dramatic resurgence in this country because people are becoming more aware of the potential negative side effects associated with some conventional medications. An emerging health conscious public are searching for alternative, safer and more gentle forms of treatment that botanical medicine provides. Naturopathic doctors are highly trained and experienced in the use of plant-based medicines.
Dr. Kevin Passero – Center Director
Dr. Passero is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and graduated from one of only eight accredited Naturopathic Medical Schools in North America. His mission is to bring cutting edge natural and holistic therapies to the Washington DC metro area and to educate people on the value of naturopathic medicine across the country. His practice focuses on an individualized approach to medicine. His goal is to help people uncover the answers as to why their body is in distress and find the solutions necessary to restore optimal health.
Dr. Passero completed four years of post-graduate naturopathic medical education at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado.
Dr. Passero is not a medical doctor and naturopathy is not a medical specialty but a separate and distinct health care tradition. Dr. Passero graduated from an accredited four year graduate program as a naturopathic doctor and is currently licensed as a Naturopathic Physician in both the state of Oregon and the District of Colombia. The State of Maryland does not currently offer licensing for naturopathic doctors.
For this reason, certain services listed on this website are only available through his Washington DC office. Please call the main office for details.