What is Naturopathic Medicine?
It is based on the core principles listed below:
- The Healing Power of Nature: Have trust and faith in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
- Identify and Treat the Causes: Look beyond the individual symptoms for the underlying cause(s).
- First, Do No Harm: Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
- Doctor as Teacher: Educate patients in the steps they need to take to achieve and maintaining excellent health.
- Treat the Whole Person: View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical body, mental, and spiritual dimensions.
- Prevention: Focus on overall health, wellness, and disease prevention.
Training Required for Licensure
A licensed naturopathic physician (N.D.) attends a 4-yr graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an M.D. or D.O.
In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician is required to complete courses in clinical nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling.
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 and is required to take continuing education courses to maintain licensure. Please see the The AANMC’S Professional Competency Profile for more information.
Naturopathic Medical Practice
The individual needs of every patient are analyzed by the naturopath who is trained to evaluate standard and alternative medical diagnostics and treatments. Disease prevention and health promotion is the primary goal in every naturopathic medical practice. The naturopath uses safe and effective treatments that are selected from many sources, including health care systems from around the world and the latest developments in medical and health care research. Naturopathic doctors collaborate with other health-care practitioners to optimize patient health and quality of life.