Naturopathic medicine blends centuries-old natural, non-toxic therapies with
current advances in the study of health and human systems, covering all aspects of family health from prenatal to geriatric
A Naturopathic Physician (ND) is a primary care general practioner trained as an expert in natural medicine.
Naturopathic medicine concentrates on whole-patient wellness. The medicine is tailored to the patient and emphasizes prevention
and self-care. Naturopathic medicine attempts to find the underlying cause of the patient's condition rather than focusing
solely on symptomatic treatment. Naturopathic physicians cooperate with all other branches of medical science referring patients
to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropiate.
The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
THE HEALING POWER OF NATURE
Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in the person which
is ordered and intelligent.
IDENTIFY AND TREAT THE CAUSES
Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove
obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process, rather than to merely
FIRST DO NO HARM
Naturopathic physicians follow three precepts to avoid harming the patient:
Utilize methods and medical substances which minimize
risk of harmful side effects, using the least force
Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms.
Acknowledge, respect, and work with the individual's
DOCTOR AS TEACHER
Naturopathic physicians educate their patients and encourage
self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
TREAT THE WHOLE PERSON
Naturopathic physicians treat each patient by taking into account individual physical,
mental, emotional, genetic, enviromental, social, and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic
physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual development.
emphasize the prevention of disease, assessing risk factors, heredity, susceptibility to disease, and making appropriate interventions
in partnership with their patients to prevent illness. Naturopathic medicine is committed to the creation of a healthy world
in which humanity may thrive.
- Clinical Nutrition
a cornerstone of naturopathic medicine. It refers to both the practice of using food to maintain health and the therapeutic
use of food to treat illness.
is a powerful
system of medicine that is more than 200 years old. This medical system uses highly diluted substances to cure illness. Homeopathic
remedies act to enhance the body's innate immune response and rarely have side effects. Some conditions that do not respond
well to conventional medicine will respond to homeopathic therapies.
is the use of plants as medicine. Many plant substances are powerful medicines that are safe and effective when
used properly. A resurgence of scientific research in Europe and Asia is demonstrating that some plant substances are superior
to synthetic drugs in clinical conditions.
- Oriental Medicine
acupuncture, acupressure, and oriental botanical medicine to treat disease.
- Counseling and Stress Management
Mental attitudes and emotional states are important elements in healing illness.
Naturopathic physician's training includes counseling, nutritional balancing, stress management, lifestyle change, and other