Naturopathic medicine is a system of primary health care focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness. It is dedicated to nature's healing powers and is distinguished by principles that underlie and determine its practice. These six principles are: First Do No Harm, Treat the Whole Person, Identify and Treat the Causes, The Healing Power of Nature, Doctor as Teacher and Promoting Wellness.
The field of naturopathic medicine continues to grow with more than 5,000 practicing physicians in North America, a number that has tripled in the last ten years. At National University our ND graduates have trained alongside students from the chiropractic and oriental medicine programs and are therefore well prepared for careers in today's increasingly integrated health care environments.
At National University, there is a focus on teaching traditional naturopathic philosophy and clinical theory rather than simply naturopathic methods and modalities. Naturopathic philosophy focuses on treating the individual, not simply the disease or diagnosis, and treating holistically which means looking at all the factors that comprise health with the ultimate goal of restoring balance and supporting the natural healing process.
Naturopathic physicians are highly trained practitioners who utilize traditional and modern therapies to manage a broad range of health conditions. Treatment modalities can include nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy and minor surgery. National University ND students are extensively trained as thorough diagnosticians to identify the appropriate treatment for their patients.