What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a comprehensive approach to health and healing that combines modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances which encourage the person’s inherent self-healing process, the vis medicatrix naturae.
Who are licensed Naturopathic Doctors (ND)?
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) address the mental, emotional and physical aspects of an individual, and aim to treat the root causes as well as the symptoms of illness. NDs are trained as primary care doctors at accredited four-year naturopathic medical schools. The training includes comprehensive study of the conventional medical sciences, as well as detailed study of a wide variety of natural therapies. NDs integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural and non-invasive therapies, including clinical nutrition, herbs, homeopathy, lifestyle counseling, physical medicine and counseling. NDs may also prescribe medication if needed. Naturopathic therapies can be used to complement traditional medical treatments. The result is a patient-centered approach providing the most appropriate treatment for an individual.
Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
The Healing Power of Nature
Recognizes an inherent self-healing process in the person, which is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
Identify and Treat the Causes
Seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than merely suppress symptoms.
First Do No Harm
Utilizes methods and medicinal substances, which minimize the risk of harmful side effects by using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat.
Doctor as Teacher
Educates patients and encourages self-responsibility for health.
Treat the Whole Person
Accounts for individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social and other factors. Also encourages individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.
Works in partnership with patients to assess risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease to preserve health and prevent illness.