What is NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE?
As a whole, Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct form of health care that prioritizes customized approaches and whole-person wellness, as evidenced by our foundational principles:
- The Healing Power of Nature
- First Do No Harm
- Find the Cause
- Treat the Whole Person
- Doctor as Teacher
In addition to the above principles, NDs are trained to employ a "therapeutic order" that places greater emphasis on minimally invasive treatment, such as diet and lifestyle, over drugs and surgery. While higher order interventions may be appropriate for some patients and/or certain disease processes, this approach to treatment highlights our belief in the patient's innate capacity to heal.
- Re-establish basis of health
- Identify cause and remove the obstacles to cure
- Stimulate healing processes
- Support weakened or damaged systems/organs
- Restore structural integrity
- Address pathology
- Palliative treatment
What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic Doctors complete intensive four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school programs and take rigorous professional board exams to become licensed as primary care physicians in their respective states. A Naturopathic Doctor (ND) is educated in the same basic sciences as a Medical Doctor (MD), but studies natural and holistic approaches to treatment, in addition to pharmaceutical management.
For more information on the training, education, and practice of Naturopathic Physicians, please refer to the website of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.