Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through methods that encourage the individual’s inherent self-healing process.
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Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are trained to perform or order physical exams, laboratory testing, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic analysis, allergy testing, X-ray exams, gynecological exams, and other diagnostic tests. They are the only physicians clinically trained in the application of a wide variety of natural therapeutics. NDs combine and adapt these treatments to the needs of the individual based on a cogent philosophy that treats the whole person, addressing the underlying causes of illness. This treatment ensures the patient is an active participant in making health care decisions. Naturopathic medicine is effective in treating most health problems, both acute and chronic. Some of the therapies* used by NDs are listed here.
A cornerstone of naturopathic medicine, clinical nutrition is the practice of using food to maintain health, to prevent sickness, and treat illness. Application includes dietary recommendations based on presenting symptoms and clinical assessment which may include the utilization of targeted vitamin and nutrient therapy, given orally and/or by IV.
Counseling and Stress Management:
Mental attitudes and emotional states are important elements impacting health. For both prevention and treatment of illness, NDs incorporate counseling, biofeedback, and other mind-body techniques.
Also known as herbal medicine, botanical medicine is the use of plants as medicine. Many plant substances are powerful, safe, and effective medicines when used properly.
Physical medicine includes naturopathic manipulation of the muscles, bones and spine. Application of hot and cold, gentle electrical impulse, therapeutic ultrasound, hydrotherapy, and exercise therapy are also used.
Offered by NDs with additional specialty training, these physicians offer prenatal and postnatal care using the most modern diagnostic and treatment techniques. When natural childbirth is not medically appropriate, patients are referred for appropriate care.
Minor Surgery :
Naturopathic doctors are trained to perform minor surgery which includes repair of superficial wounds and removal of foreign bodies, cysts and other superficial masses, with use of local anesthesia as needed.
A powerful system of medicine that is more than 200 years old. This medical system uses highly diluted natural substances to treat illness. Some conditions that do not respond well to conventional medicine may respond to homeopathy.
Licensed Naturopathic Doctors
Licensed NDs are graduates of four-year naturopathic medical schools with admissions requirements comparable to those of other medical schools. The Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND or NMD) or Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) degrees are awarded after extensive classroom and clinical practical study. Medical science coursework includes cardiology, neurology, radiology, obstetrics, gynecology, immunology, dermatology, and pediatrics.
The accrediting agency for naturopathic medical colleges and programs in North America is the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME). CNME is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the national accrediting agency for programs leading to the ND or NMD degree. Visit CNME online for a full list of naturopathic medical schools.
The existence or absence of licensing laws may affect the types of therapies a doctor can administer. Ask your ND for more information.