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Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct, comprehensive system of healthcare emphasizing the use of natural therapies in health promotion and disease prevention. Naturopathic Physicians are trained as integrative doctors who emphasize the use of natural therapies to treat acute and chronic illnesses and to provide prevention and wellness recommendations to individuals and families.

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Nauturopathic Medicine

Founded upon a holistic philosophy, naturopathic medicine combines safe and effective traditional therapies with the most current advances in modern medicine. Naturopathic medicine is appropriate for the management of a broad range of health conditions affecting all people of all ages.

A Licensed naturopathic physician (N.D.) attends a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical school and is educated in the same basic sciences as traditional medical doctors. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician is required to complete training in clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, counseling, hydrotherapy, minor surgery and pharmacology.
A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams in order to be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician.

Naturopathic physicians are primary care and specialty doctors who address the underlying cause of disease through effective, individualized natural therapies that integrate the healing powers of body, mind and spirit.

Naturopathic physicians are unique in providing diagnosis and treatment that bridges both conventional and natural medicine perspectives; they integrate scientific research with the healing powers of nature.

The goal of a naturopathic physician is to employ therapies that support and promote the body's natural healing process, leading to the highest state of wellness.

As professional leaders and pioneers in science-based natural medicine, naturopathic physicians advocate the development of professional standards, accountability, and regulation of all forms of medicine in all jurisdictions to maintain public safety and freedom of choice in health care. Further, they support broad inclusion, collaboration and equal access in the health care system at all levels.

What are the Principles of Naturopathic Medicine?

The Healing Power of Nature
Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent ability in the body, which is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to recovery and to facilitate and augment this healing ability.

Naturopathic medicine follows three principles to avoid harming the patient:

  1. Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects
  2. Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppression of symptoms.
  3. Acknowledge and respect the individual's healing process, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat illness.