Naturopathic Physicians are trained as general practitioners. They combine modern diagnostic medical treatment, herbal medicine, counseling homeopathy, hydrotherapy, and other natural healing therapies. The principles of naturopathic medicine include:
- The Healing power of nature
- Identify and treat the cause
- First, do no harm
- Doctors as teacher
- Treat the whole person: mind, body and sprit
- Preventative medicine
Naturopathic medicine treats health conditions by utilizing the body’s inherent ability to heal. Naturopathic physicians aid the healing process by incorporating a variety of alternative methods based on the patient’s individual needs. Diet, lifestyle, work, and personal history are all considered when determining a treatment regimen.
The spirit of naturopathic medicine is reflected in the definition of health advocated by the World Health Organization (WHO)-“a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not merely the absence of infirmity. “In fact, WHO, in a report on traditional medicine, has recommended the integration of naturopathic medicine into conventional health care systems.”
Naturopathic medicine is not a single modality of healing, but an array of healing practices, including diet and clinical nutrition; homeopathy; acupuncture; herbal medicine; hydrotherapy; therapeutic exercise; spinal and soft-tissue manipulation; physical therapies involving electric currents, ultrasound, and light therapy; therapeutic counseling; and pharmacology.