Naturopathic medicine is recognized as one of the original systems of medicine offering safe, effective patient-centered care that is a vital part of healthcare in the twenty-first century.
Naturopathic medicine focuses on holistic, proactive prevention and comprehensive diagnosis and treatment. By using protocols that minimize the risk of harm, naturopathic physicians help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. It is the naturopathic physician’s role to identify and remove barriers to good health by helping to create a healing internal and external environment.
Naturopathic doctors treat all medical conditions and can provide both individual and family health care. Among the most common ailments they treat are allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. NDs can perform minor surgeries, such as removing cysts or stitching up superficial wounds. However, they do not practice major surgery. NDs are trained to utilize prescription drugs, although the emphasis of naturopathic medicine is the use of natural healing agents.
What is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor?
A primary care physician and licensed healthcare practitioner who is trained to diagnose, prevent and treat acute & chronic illness.
Over 4,100 hours of instruction.
Graduates from a four-year, in-residence doctoral degree program accredited by the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, which is recognized by the US Department of Education.
1,200 hours of supervised hands-on clinical training.
Can work in private or group practice, integrative oncology care, hospitals, medical schools, and some governmental organizations.
The 6 Principles of Naturopathic Medicine