Nature cure guides the philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine. Driven by finding the root cause by getting to truly know our patients – that is how a Naturopathic Doctor practices medicine. It is a wholistic approach to healthcare by assessing the whole person. Naturopathic Doctors honor the body’s innate ability to heal by giving individualized guidance for optimal wellness. Safe and effective traditional therapies are combined with modern medicine. It is medicine that is appropriate for people of any age ( pediatrics including infants up to geriatrics) with a large scope of managing various health conditions.
Naturopathic Medicine is defined by principles instead of mere treatment protocols. These six principles are:
- First Do No Harm
- Healing Power of Nature
- Identify and Treat the Cause
- Doctor as Teacher
- Treat the Whole Person
- Preventative Care
Let’s analyze these six Naturopathic Principles. Naturopathic Doctors approach care by using the most natural and least invasive/toxic therapies. They refer out when combined care is necessary and a patient needs care outside of their skillset. Naturopathic Doctors understand our connection with nature and our need to be in tune with our beautiful world. By using natural therapies such as botanical herbs and grounding for example, the power of healing is nourished. The foundation for our health involves a healthy environment within our bodies as well. “Treat the Gut” was drilled into our training in Naturopathic Medical School. Identifying the root cause and eliminating obstacles to cure are essential for feeling better. It is up to the patient to make the steps towards true healing, so an immense part of patient care involves education and building trust. Restoring the vitality for a patient involves guidance in nutrition, lifestyle habits, and proper supplementation. Patients are people seeking health; therefore, understanding that interconnectedness provides the whole-person-based approach to medicine that only Naturopathic Doctors foster. This comprehensive approach to medicine deems Naturopathic Medicine as the supreme care for prevention of illness and management of chronic disease. Through education, guidance and a caring touch, patients understand how to feel better and manage their wellness in between and after visits.
How is a Naturopathic Doctor medically trained?
A Naturopathic Doctor designated as ND attends a four-year accredited medical school. They are educated in all of the basic and clinical sciences as a medical doctor, as well as natural therapeutics. There is a strong emphasis on root cause medicine, disease prevention, and optimizing wellness. There is additional training with hundreds of hours of clinical nutrition, botanical herbs, homeopathy, vitamin/mineral supplementation, hydrotherapy and counseling. Naturopathic Doctors must take professional basic science and clinical board exams in order to be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician.