Naturopathic medicine is a unique and distinct system of health care that emphasizes the use of prevention and natural therapeutics. It incorporates those elements of scientific modern medicine that forward the knowledge of the mechanisms of healing and therapeutics, especially in the fields of diagnosis, immunology, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, and other clinical sciences.
Recognition of each person’s uniqueness and promotion of the individual’s inherent self-healing process are central philosophical practices in naturopathic medicine. There are six underlying principles that guide NDs: First, Do No Harm; The Healing Power of Nature; Find The Cause; Treat The Whole Person; Preventative Medicine; Doctor as Teacher.
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained as general practitioners who are experts in the prevention, diagnosis, management, and treatment of both acute and chronic health conditions. They are specialists in natural medicine and are the only doctors trained in both the medical sciences and in the use of natural therapeutics.