Naturopathic medicine is a unique and comprehensive approach to health and healing that combines modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Naturopathic medicine is the art and science of natural health care for both acute and chronic health conditions.
Naturopathic doctors (ND’s) are experts in using natural medicine to restore and maintain health. They address the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of healing. Naturopathic doctors treat the root causes of illness rather than simply treating or suppressing symptoms.
This approach to care is based on the six timeless principles of naturopathic medicine:
1. Health is in our nature.
2. Identify and treat the causes of illness.
3. First, do no harm.
4. Educate patients.
5. Treat the whole person.
6. Prevent illness .
ND’s are trained at accredited, four-year, post-graduate, residential naturopathic medical programs. The training includes comprehensive study of the conventional medical sciences, as well as detailed study of a wide variety of natural therapies.
Naturopathic doctors integrate standard medical assessment with a broad range of natural and non-invasive therapies, including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, lifestyle counseling, physical medicine, and counseling.
Naturopathic therapies can be used to complement treatments used by conventionally trained medical doctors. The result is a patient-centered approach that strives to provide the most appropriate care for an individual’s needs.