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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
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.
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 medicines philosophy is that symptoms relate to
a disease pattern, and by treating the underlying pattern, health
Dr. Back integrates both Chinese and naturopathic medical philosophies
in her approach to healing, using the most appropriate modalities
for each individual.
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.Ds).
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,
exams, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic analysis, allergy
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
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