Naturopathic Medicine

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is a delicate balance of medical science and art that recognizes the significance of the whole person and the body's innate ability to heal itself. The philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine is rooted in a variety ofplant ancient medicines; from Traditional Chinese Medicine to Botanical (herbal) medicine and Scientific nutrition. Naturopathic Medicine uses a broad assortment of modalities; Botanical medicine, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Naturopathic manipulation, Hydrotherapy, Nutrition, Counseling, and Environmental medicine to name a few. These modalities are based on the whole person; allowing the patient and the doctor to find the treatment protocol that will facilitate the body's natural ability.

There are six principles of Naturopathic Medicine that distinguish its philosophy from other medical approaches:

  • First, Do No Harm ~ Primum No Nocere
  • The Healing Power of Nature ~ Vis Medicatrix Naturae
  • Identify and Treat the Cause ~ Tolle Causam
  • Treat the Whole Person ~ Tolle Totum
  • The Physician As Teacher ~ Docere
  • Prevention is the Best Cure ~ Praevenire

What type of training do Naturopathic Medical Doctors receive?

A Naturopathic Medical School is a post-graduate four year program, which educates doctors in medical science along with Naturopathic therapeutics. Currently there are 6 accredited schools of Naturopathic Medicine in North America including Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ; National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR; Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences in Seattle, WA; Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, ONT; Bridgeport University College of Naturopathic Medicine in Bridgeport, CT; and Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminister, BC.

The Naturopathic medical curriculum includes basic science classes, followed by microscopeNaturopathic modalities and clinical training. After the first two years of medical school, the basic science board exam is taken covering: Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology and Microbiology. After completing the last two years of classes and clinical training the clinical board exam is taken. This exam is case-based and focuses on: Homeopathy, Botanical, Nutrition, Clinical Diagnosis, Physical Medicine, Lab Diagnosis, Counseling, Pharmacology, Acupuncture, and Minor Surgery.

Once a Naturopathic Doctor has passed both exams he/she can be licensed in one of the 15 of states, District of Columbia, the US territories of Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, that license Naturopathic Doctors.