About Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic Medicine is a profession that has been making a much needed come back over the past 30 years. The U.S. currently has 6 accredited 4-year naturopathic medical schools. These are post-graduate programs, where the first two years are similar to conventional medical school and the second two years are clinical rounds focusing on naturopathic treatments and some conventional treatments. Naturopathic Doctors are trained as primary care providers and are currently licensed to act as such in 18 states, most of which are in the Northeast and the Western U.S.
Naturopathy believes in the body’s ability to heal itself with the proper support and focus. ND’s are eager to determine and treat the cause of the disease before the symptoms and utilize natural remedies with little to no side effects to support this process.
The Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
The Healing Power of Nature
Naturopathic Medicine believes in the body’s ability to heal itself and utilizes nature’s medicinal gifts to support this process.
Identify and Treat the Causes
Naturopathic Medicine focuses on finding the true cause of illness in place of simply suppressing symptoms.
First Do No Harm
Naturopathic Medicine aims uses the least invasive treatments first and acknowledges when it may be necessary to use more invasive options.
Doctor as Teacher
Naturopaths focus on educating the patient so that the patient feels empowered and is able to create his or her own healing.
Treat the Whole Person
Naturopathy recognizes not only the mind, body, spirit, but the fact that no system of the body works alone. For example, when addressing issues with the GI system, it is important to look at mood, the thyroid and other endocrine glands, the immune system, lifestyle, and anything else that may be involved.
Of course, naturopaths are always thinking about prevention. This is the easiest and most effective type of medicine.