The following principles are the foundation upon which
a naturopathic medical practice is built.

The Healing Power of Nature: Nature acts powerfully through healing mechanisms in the body and mind to maintain and restore health. Naturopathic physicians work to restore and support these inherent healing systems when they have broken down, by using methods, medicines, and techniques that are in harmony with natural processes.

First Do No Harm: Naturopathic physicians prefer non-invasive treatments which minimize the risks of harmful side-effects. They are trained to know which patients they can treat safely, and which ones they need to refer to other health care practitioners.

Find the Cause: Every illness has an underlying cause, often in aspects of lifestyle, diet or habits of the individual. A naturopathic physician is trained to find and facilitate removal of the underlying cause of disease.

Doctor as Teacher: The original meaning of the word “doctor” is teacher. A principal objective of naturopathic medicine is to educate the patient and emphasize self-responsibility for health. Naturopathic physicians also recognize and

employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.

Treat the Whole Person: Health or disease comes from a complex interaction of physical, emotional, dietary, genetic, environmental, lifestyle, and other factors. Naturopathic physicians treat the whole person, taking these factors into account.

Preventive Medicine: The naturopathic approach to health care can prevent minor illnesses from developing into more serious or chronic degenerative diseases. Patients are taught the principles with which to live a healthy life; by following these principles they can prevent major illnesses.

Classical Chinese Medicine
uses acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and qi gong to bring the body back into balance.
Chinese medicine is holistic, looking at the body, mind and spirit as one. The medicine’s philosophy is that symptoms relate to a disease pattern, and by treating the underlying pattern, health is restored.
Dr. Back integrates both Chinese and naturopathic medical philosophies in her approach to healing, using the most appropriate modalities for each individual.

Naturopathic physicians (N.D.’s) are general practitioners trained as specialists in natural medicine. They are educated in the conventional medical sciences, but they are not orthodox medical doctors (M.D’s). Naturopathic physicians treat disease and restore health using therapies from the sciences of clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, exercise therapy, counseling, and hydrotherapy. N.D.’s tailor these approaches to the needs of an individual patient. Naturopathic medicine is effective in treating most health problems, whether acute or chronic.

In practice, naturopathic physicians perform physical examinations, laboratory testing,
gynecological exams, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic analysis, allergy testing,
X-ray examinations, and other diagnostic tests. N.D.’s are the only primary care physicians clinically trained in the use of a wide variety of natural therapeutics. N.D.’s combine and tailor these treatments to the needs of the individual based on a cogent philosophy that acknowledges the patient as
a participant.

The naturopathic physician has a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) degree from a four-year graduate level naturopathic medical college. Naturopathic physicians must pass a national or state level board examination and their actions are subject to review by a State Board of Examiners.

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