The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians defines a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) as a physician who combines the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. A Naturopathic Doctor is a trained primary care provider who incorporates alternative healing therapies with conventional medicine to treat patients. Blending these two disciplines offers a patient a comprehensive examination and evaluation of the illness, a very unique modern medical doctor.
Treating the whole person
Naturopathic doctors are able to treat an illness, the symptoms and the root cause of the disease, and work with patients to prevent the disease from reoccurring.
Naturopathy medicine is based these 6 fundamental principles.
- First Do No Harm
- The Healing Power of Nature
- Identify and Remove the cause
- Treat the Whole Person
- The Physician as Teacher
- Prevention is the best “cure”
A Naturopathic Doctor seeks to find the natural balances of the body and let’s the body heal naturally through the healing powers of nature. They look to eliminate possible side effects to first do no harm and use non-evasive treatments. Searching for the cause of the illness that may be found in diet and lifestyle, it is necessary to identify and remove the cause to allow healing to take place. They examine the whole person – illness, lifestyle, family, work to treat the whole person. They become teachers on how live healthier to prevent recurrence of the disease as physician as teacher.
Becoming a Naturopath ND
The ND education begins in undergraduate school with studies focused on science – physics and biochemistry, math, psychology, nutrition, english and humanities. Although a pre-med degree is not a necessary perquisite for Naturopathic graduate programs, a strong emphasis is placed on chemistry and biology. The Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges – Academy Curriculum of a 4 year graduate program is divided into to parts: the first two years in graduate school consists of clinical sciences – Biochemistry, Human Physiology, Histology , Anatomy Macro and Microbiology , Immunology Human Pathology , Neuroscience , Pharmacology. In the second two years of the medical program students intern with practicing physicians and learn a variety of therapeutic modalities such as:
Botanical medicine (Phytotherapy), Clinical nutrition, Counseling, Homeopathy, Laboratory & clinical diagnosis, Minor surgery, Naturopathic physical medicine, Nutritional science
Additional studies may include: • Acupuncture • Homeopathy • Ayurvedic • Naturopathic Manipulation (Bodywork) • Hydrotherapy • Detoxification, Lifestyle Counseling and Modification.
THE Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) MEMBER SCHOOLS:
1. Bastyr University, Seattle, Washington
2. SW College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences (SCNM), Phoenix, Ariz.
3. National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon
4. Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), Toronto, Ontario, Canada
5. University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, Connecticut
6. Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
7. National University of Health Sciences, Chicago, Illinois