A licensed naturopathic physician (N.D. or N.M.D) attends a
four-year graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an M.D., plus studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness.
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care-an art, science and practice of preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions of the human mind and body.
Naturopathic physicians work with their patients to prevent and treat acute and chronic illness and disease, restore health and establish optimal fitness by supporting the person’s inherent self-healing process, the vis medicatrix naturae. This is accomplished through:
- Prevention: Prevention of disease is emphasized through public health measures and hygiene as well as the encouragement and guidance of persons to adopt lifestyles which are conducive to optimal health.
- Diagnosis: Diagnosis and evaluation of the individual’s state of health are accomplished by integrated modern and traditional, clinical and laboratory diagnostic methods.
- Treatment and Care: Therapeutic methods and substances are used which work in harmony with the person’s inherent self -help process, the vis medicatrix naturae, including: dietetics and nutritional substances, botanical medicine, psychotherapy, naturopathic physical medicine including naturopathic manipulative therapy, minor surgery, prescription medications, naturopathic obstetrics (natural childbirth), homeopathy, and acupuncture.*
Allophatic vs. Naturophatic educational credit hours
*From American Association of Naturopathic Medicine. For more information http://naturopathic.org