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.
physicians (N.Dís/N.M.Dís) are the highest trained practitioners
in the broadest scope of naturopathic medical modalities. In addition
to the basic medical sciences and conventional diagnostics, naturopathic
education includes therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine,
homeopathy, natural childbirth, classical Chinese medicine, hydrotherapy,
naturopathic manipulative therapy, pharmacology and minor surgery
(as cited by AANP).
of Naturopathic Medicine
Do No Harm - Naturopathic
therapies are safe and effective.
Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae) -
body possesses the inherent power to heal itself ( "vis
medicatrix naturae"). Naturopathic physicians facilitate
this process with the aid of natural, non-toxic therapies.
and Treat the Cause - Naturopathic
physicians seek to treat the underlying cause of disease.
the Whole Person -
A naturopathic physician tends to the mind, body and spirit
of the patient and creates a treatment plan according to each
patientís individual needs.
as Teacher -
The original meaning of the word ďdoctorĒ was teacher. Naturopathic
physicians educate, empower and motivate patients to take responsibility
for their own health.
is the Best Cure -
The prevention of disease and the attainment of optimal health
in patients are primary objectives of naturopathic medicine.
Naturopathic physicians assess risk factors, heredity and susceptibility
in order to reduce and prevent illness. Healthy lifestyle
incorporating good nutrition is the foremost preventive measure.
of a Naturopathic Physician
Licensed naturopathic physician (N.D/N.M.D.) attends a four-year
graduate level naturopathic
medical school and is educated in all of the same basic
sciences as an M.D. but also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches
to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing
wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic
physician is required to complete four years of training in clinical
nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine,
psychology, and counseling (to encourage people to make lifestyle
changes in support of their personal health). A naturopathic physician
takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may
be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general
practice physician. Additional information on naturopathic schools
can be found at www.aanmc.org/.
(as cited by AANP)