Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) view the individual as an integral whole, made up of physiological, structural, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects, and influenced by environmental and lifestyle factors. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning in one or more of these areas.
NDs approach each person individually first by seeking out the underlying cause of imbalance and then by crafting comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medicine to restore balance and ultimately to achieve optimal health and wellness. NDs teach their patients to take control of their health using diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies.
A licensed naturopathic physician, or doctor of naturopathic medicine, attends a four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as a medical doctor (M.D.), 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 is required to complete four years of training in clinical nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling. A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care, general practice physician.
Naturopathic doctors (ND’s) are licensed physicians in 22 of the 50 United States and the district of Columbia. The largest natural medicine college is located in Toronto Canada. The ND is the top of the field when it comes to treating modern disease without drugs or surgery. While most ND’s practice a specific niche (lyme, cancer, fatigue, womens helath) all ND’s are schooled to be primary care physicians cross trained in variety of treatments including botanical medicine, herbalism, homeopathy, acupressure, physical medicine, diet and lifestyle counseling.