What is Naturopathic Medicine?


Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession that is founded on  the following principles:

The Healing power of Nature

 

There is  inherent intelligent self-healing and self-regulating  process in the human body. This process maintains balance and health.

Find and Treat the Cause

Uncover the underlying obstacles to healing and remove them.  Do not focus on the suppression of symptoms.

First Do no Harm

 

Utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat 

 

Doctor as Teacher

 

Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health

 

Treat the Whole Person

 

Naturopathic physicians understand that an  individual's physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, genetic, environmental, and social factors can

 

impact their health both positively and negatively.

Prevention

The key to long-term health is preventing the onset of disease by optimizing health at all levels.

 

 

What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

Naturopathic doctors are educated and trained in accredited naturopathic medical colleges. They diagnose, prevent, and

 

treat acute and chronic illness to restore and establish optimal health by supporting the person's inherent self-healing

 

process. Rather than just suppressing symptoms, naturopathic doctors work to identify underlying causes of illness, and

 

develop personalized treatment plans to address them. Their Therapeutic Order identifies the natural order in which all

 

therapies should be applied to provide the greatest benefit with the least potential for damage.

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What medical training does a licensed ND receive?

 


 A licensed Naturopathic physician is required to complete  a 4 or 5 year accredited Naturopathic Medical Degree program, 

 

a minimum of 2 years of clinical training, and to pass 2 sets of clinical  board certification exams.

 

A Naturopathic Physician is trained to function as a primary care physician and depending on the scope of practice under 

 

their license, they may be certified to prescribe pharmaceutical drugs and order diagnostic testing and imaging options.  

 

Please refer to your state or provincial regulatory body to determine the scope of practice for NDs in your area.
 

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