“Centuries of wisdom meets modern medical technology and research.”
“Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care – an art, science, philosophy and practice of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illness. Naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the principles which underlie and determine its practice. Methods used are consistent with these principles and are chosen upon the basis of patient individuality. Naturopathic physicians are primary health care practitioners, whose diverse techniques include modern and traditional, scientific and empirical methods.” - Dr. Benedict Lust, 1902 (founder of Naturopathic Medicine)
In the early 1900’s Naturopathy was based on water therapies from Germany and Austria, and the use of clean food, air, light, water, and herbs to treat illness. It was licensed in most states and was as popular as conventional medicine.
In the 1940’s and 1950’s, a drastic decline in popularity of Naturopathic medicine took place with the rise in popularity of pharmaceutical medications and medical technology.
Today, many more people are seeking alternative treatments due to some of the short-comings of conventional medicine. Naturopathic medicine is again regaining popularity and has been experiencing resurgence for the past 2 decades.
What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
A Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) has completed a postgraduate medical education specializing in primary care natural medicine. Naturopathic doctors are distinct from acupuncturists, chiropractors, osteopaths, and medical doctors. They are uniquely trained to provide a comprehensive and integrated approach to assist your body's innate healing processes. Naturopathic doctors are skilled in diagnosis and treatment of disease utilizing natural therapeutics including clinical nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, and hydrotherapy. They tailor these approaches to the needs of each individual patient. Naturopathic medicine is effective in treating most health problems, whether acute or chronic. Naturopathic doctors cooperate with all other branches within the medical field, referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate. Education As with all physicians today, Naturopathic doctors are trained at accredited, four to five-year, post-graduate, medical institutions. The training consists of a comprehensive study of the conventional medical sciences, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, microbiology, immunology, clinical and physical diagnosis, laboratory diagnosis, cardiology, gastroenterology, gynecology, etc, as well as detailed study of a wide variety of natural therapies. In their last two years of their intensive clinical training, they learn how to integrate the principles of naturopathic medicine into clinical practice.
The Healing Power of Nature
The body's natural wisdom, its Vital Force, constantly works to restore health and balance to the human system.
First, Do No Harm
Naturopathic medicine seeks to avoid harm to patients by working with the Vital Force rather than against it, and by utilizing natural healing modalities which minimize harmful side effects.
Identify and Treat the Root Cause
Illness is the result of an imbalance to the Vital Force which can be caused by any combination of physical, mental, emotional or environmental factors. Naturopathic medicine, with its holistic approach to the patient, seeks to identify the true cause of illness.
Treat the Whole Person
People exist as a multi-dimensional entity, involving the physical, mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual planes of being. Additionally, each individual interacts with and is affected by their daily environment. All these areas must be addressed in any successful healing approach.
Doctor as a Teacher
Naturopathic doctors consider educating their patients to be a vital part of health restoration. The more you know about your condition and the methods used to treat it, the more like it is that will be successful in your healing programs.
Prevention is the best cure
Preventing serious, chronic disease is far easier than treating it. The core of Naturopathic treatment programs constitute a holistic, natural lifestyle that will also help prevent illnesses in the future.