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What is Naturopathic Medicine?
What is Naturopathic Philosophy?
What are the Principles of Naturopathic Medicine?
What is the Therapeutic Order?

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Founded upon a holistic philosophy, naturopathic medicine combines safe and effective traditional therapies with the most current advances in modern medicine. Naturopathic medicine is appropriate for the management of a broad range of health conditions affecting all people of all ages.

A LICENSED naturopathic physician (N.D.) attends a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical school and is educated in the same basic sciences as traditional medical doctors. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician is required to complete training in clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, counseling, hydrotherapy, minor surgery and pharmacology. A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams in order to be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician.

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What is Naturopathic Philosophy?

Naturopathic physicians are primary care and specialty doctors who address the underlying cause of disease through effective, individualized natural therapies that integrate the healing powers of body, mind and spirit.

Naturopathic physicians are unique in providing diagnosis and treatment that bridges both conventional and natural medicine perspectives; they integrate scientific research with the healing powers of nature.

The goal of a naturopathic physician is to employ therapies that support and promote the body's natural healing process, leading to the highest state of wellness.

As professional leaders and pioneers in science-based natural medicine, naturopathic physicians advocate the development of professional standards, accountability, and regulation of all forms of medicine in all jurisdictions to maintain public safety and freedom of choice in health care. Further, they support broad inclusion, collaboration and equal access in the health care system at all levels.

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What are the Principles of Naturopathic Medicine?

The Healing Power of Nature vis medicatrix naturae
Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent ability in the body which is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic physicians act to identify and remove obstacles to recovery and to facilitate and augment this healing ability.

Identify and Treat the Causes tolle causam
The naturopathic physician seeks to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness, rather than to eliminate or merely suppress symptoms.

First Do No Harm primum non nocere
Naturopathic medicine follows three principles to avoid harming the patient: 1) utilize methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects; 2) avoid, when possible, the harmful suppression of symptoms; 3) acknowledge and respect the individual's healing process, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat illness.

Doctor as Teacher docere
Naturopathic physicians educate the patient and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the doctor-patient relationship.

Treat the Whole Person tolle totum
Naturopathic physicians treat each individual by taking into account physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopathic physicians encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual path.

Naturopathic physicians emphasize disease prevention, assessment of risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and making appropriate interventions to prevent illness. Naturopathic medicine strives to create a healthy world in which humanity may thrive.

Wellness follows the establishment and maintenance of optimum health and balance. Wellness is a state of being healthy, characterized by positive emotion, thought and action. Wellness is inherent in everyone, no matter what dis-ease(s) is/are being experienced. If wellness is really recognized and experienced by an individual, it will more quickly heal a given dis-ease than direct treatment of the dis-ease alone.

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What is the Therapeutic Order?

The therapeutic order is the basic approach that naturopathic physicians use to guide their patients to wellness. They begin with least force and move to more invasive measures as necessary.

1. Re-establish the basis for health
Remove obstacles to cure by establishing a healthy regimen
2. Stimulate the healing power of nature
  Use various systems of health such as botanicals, homeopathy, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, nutrition, psychospiritual
3. Tonify weakened systems
  Use modalities to strengthen the immune system, decrease toxicity, normalize inflammatory function, optimize metabolic function, balance regulatory systems, enhance regeneration, harmonize life forces
4. Correct structural integrity
  Use therapeutic exercise, spinal manipulation, massage, cranial-sacral to return to optimal structural condition
5. Prescribe specific natural substances for pathology
  Use vitamins, minerals, and herbs to promote health
6. Prescribe pharmacological substances for pathology
  Use pharmaceutical drugs to return to health
7. Prescribe surgery, suppressive drugs, radiation and chemotherapy
  Use aggressive therapies to attempt to maintain health
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