Naturopathic Medicine is rooted in the concept that the body and mind are designed to thrive. Driven by 6 core principles, the aim of Naturopathic Medicine is to support our innate ability to heal. The 6 core principles are:
First Do No Harm. Working with each individual’s self-healing process by avoiding the harmful suppression of symptoms and utilizing methods that use the least force necessary to diagnose and treat.
The Healing Power of Nature. Identifying and removing obstacles to healing and recovery facilitate and augment the inherent self-healing process in people that is ordered and intelligent.
Identify and Treat the Cause. Working to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness rather than merely eliminate or suppress symptoms generates lasting change.
Treat the Whole Person. Taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social, and other factors that impact the health of a whole person.
Doctor as Teacher. Educating patients about their health is empowering and encourages self-responsibility.
Prevention. Preventing disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease, and by making appropriate interventions in partnership with patients to prevent illness.
The utilization of these core principles can ignite and maintain lasting change in a person’s health. These are the drivers behind everything we do.
Naturopathic Training and Licensing
A licensed naturopathic physician (ND) attends a four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an MD, but also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician also studies clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling. A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams so that they may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a general practice physician.
– American Association of Naturopathic Physicians