Philosophy & Practice of Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic physicians integrate the wisdom of nature with modern medical science to find the root cause of disease and to stimulate the body’s inherent healing processes. Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are trained to discover the unique building blocks each individual needs to aid in this process using the 6 Naturopathic principles. Diet, lifestyle changes, exercise, botanical medicine, supplements, and other cutting edge therapies are the tools ND’s employ. Naturopathic physicians may also use pharmaceutical drugs when necessary. NDs view the human body as a complex system and treat the whole person, not just a symptom or disease, such as hypertension or breast cancer. NDs can perform minor surgery, order laboratory tests and imaging studies to aid in their diagnosis.
Naturopathic Medicine Education & Training
Naturopathic doctors are trained as primary care physicians at four-year postgraduate naturopathic medical schools. Naturopaths are required to gain extensive training through clinical internships in hospitals and medical offices before passing a state board exam to gain licensure. To read more about naturopathic education, please click here.
- First Do No Harm
- Identify and Treat the Cause
- Treat the Whole Person
- Use the Healing Power of Nature
- Educate Patients
- Prevent future Illness