What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is a distinctively natural and holistic approach to health and healing that recognizes the integrity of the whole person. Through the use of numerous therapeutics, both conventional and complementary, Naturopathic Medical Doctors (NMDs) treat disease and restore health by searching for the cause of disease, not simply addressing the symptoms. More specifically, NMDs are primary care physicians, licensed to integrate conventional and alternative medicine in ways that facilitate the innate healing capacity of the body. Conventional modalities include pharmaceuticals, minor surgery, and primary care diagnostic and therapeutic tools. Alternative modalities include acupuncture, oriental and botanical medicines, physical manipulation (spinal and other joint manipulation), nutrition, chelation (detoxification), homeopathy, and mind-body medicine.
What is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor?
The goal of Naturopathic Medicine is to bring the body back into balance by first addressing the cause of disease and through various approaches, stimulate the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Often times this requires diet analysis, proper supplementation, lifestyle recommendations, acupuncture, homeopathy, joint manipulation, herbs, and prescribing traditional medications. Licensed and board certified NMDs attend four-year medical schools that teach the biomedical sciences (anatomy, biochemistry, pathology, etc.) as well as integrative therapies such as acupuncture, homeopathy, nutrition, and environmental, herbal and physical medicine. For more information, please visit the official American Association of Naturopathic Physicians website at www.naturopathic.org