Naturopathic medicine is a system of medicine which is based on a holistic philosophy. The term Naturopathic medicine is originated in the nineteenth century but its philosophical roots date back thousands of years. Today it embraces modern advances in medicine. It uses safe and effective therapies.
The Doctors of Naturopathy (N.D.) are primary care doctors. Naturopathic physicians get training in accredited Naturopathic College for 4 years. They get the education in basic medical sciences, diagnostics, therapeutic nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, natural childbirth, classical Chinese medicine, hydrotherapy, naturopathic manipulative therapy, pharmacology, and minor surgery. They get clinical education in Naturopathic clinics.
Naturopathic doctors obtain a license in the state they practice. The requirements for obtaining the license are 1) Graduation from accredited Naturopathic school, 2) Passing state licensing examinations i.e.NPLEX, and 3) Fulfillment of the state licensing mandatory continuing education.
Naturopathic medicine is based on the following principles.
1. Vis Medicatrix Naturae – The Healing Power of Nature
There is a self-ordering, and self-healing creative force present in all life. This force lives in harmony in our body. It maintains health. All the Naturopathic medicine modalities are directed to facilitate healing power present in the individual so that health can be restored.
2. Primum Non-Nocere - First Do No Harm
Naturopathic physicians use safe therapies to treat diseases.
3. Tolle Causum – Treat Cause
The naturopathic physician finds out the cause of the disease and treats it. Without treating the cause long-lasting improvement is not possible.
4. Tolle Totum – Treat Whole Individual
Our body works as a whole and not just individual parts. Naturopathic physician understands diseases considering the whole individual. Therapies are directed to treat not only symptoms but the whole individual.
5. Docere – Doctor as Teacher
Naturopathic physician educates patients to stay healthy. They provide their patients with treatment options to choose from. Naturopathic physician teaches patients how to prevent diseases.
Naturopathic medicine modalities:
The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians http://www.naturopathic.org/
National University of Natural Medicine http://www.nunm.edu/
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine http://nccam.nih.gov/