Naturopathic medicine is a system of medicine founded on the time-tested medical principle of vis medicatrix naturae, the healing power of nature. Under this system, the goal is to restore the natural functioning of the body through the use of therapies and treatments that enhance the body’s innate healing abilities. Treatments vary depending on the patient and may include: vitamins and minerals, herbs, homeopathic remedies, lifestyle counseling such as diet and exercise, traditional Chinese medicine and detoxification.
Naturopathic doctors are trained to treat most conditions including acute, chronic, and subclinical conditions, as well as being trained to work with other healthcare practitioners. The goal is to teach patients how to restore and maintain health, regardless of what their current state of health may be. Everyone can benefit from seeing a Naturopathic Doctor because the focus is on treating the individual, not just the disease.
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are primary care physicians who are medically trained in both conventional and integrative and complementary therapies. The medical training of an ND is similar to that of MDs in that they must complete a 4-year post-graduate program at an accredited school, that includes both classroom training and clinical experience and hold and maintain a license in their state.