Naturopathic Medicine

A Naturopathic Doctor (ND) is a general practitioner who has trained at a four year, graduate level, accredited medical school as an expert in natural medicine. Our schooling includes all the basic sciences of medical school (biochemistry, anatomy & physiology, gynecology, pharmacology, microbiology, etc...) along with natural modalities. We are trained to support the body's own innate healing ability and to treat the cause of illness — not just the symptoms. The goal of a naturopathic doctor is to utilize therapies that support and promote the body's natural healing process, leading to the highest state of wellness.  

The therapeutic modalities used in naturopathic medicine (it includes mind-body medicine, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy and hydrotherapy) integrate conventional, scientific and empirical methodology with the ancient laws of nature.

The six principles that guide the therapeutic methods and modalities of naturopathic medicine are:

  • First Do No Harm - primum non nocere
Naturopathic medicine uses therapies that are safe and effective.

  • The Healing Power of Nature - vis medicatrix naturae
The human body possesses the inherent ability to restore health. The physician's role is to facilitate this process with the aid of natural, nontoxic therapies.

  • Discover and Treat the Cause - tolle causam
Physicians seek and treat the underlying cause of a disease. Symptoms are viewed as expressions of the body's natural attempt to heal. The origin of disease is removed or treated so the patient can recover.

  • Treat the Whole Person - tolle totum
The multiple factors in health and disease are considered while treating the whole person. Physicians provide flexible treatment programs to meet individual health care needs.


  • Doctor as Teacher - docere
The physician's major role is to educate, empower, and motivate patients to take responsibility for their own health. Creating a healthy cooperative relationship with the patient has a strong therapeutic value.

  • Prevention is the best "cure" - praevenire
Naturopathic physicians are preventive medicine specialists. Physicians assess patient risk factors and heredity susceptibility and intervene appropriately to reduce risk and prevent illness. Prevention of disease is best accomplished through education and a lifestyle that supports health.


Here is a list competencies of what a Naturopath truly is.  




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