What Is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care. Naturopathic physicians focus on leveraging the healing power of nature to enable patients to restore and maintain optimum health. This practice of medicine is used to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness using a combination of natural therapeutics and each patient’s innate self-healing abilities.
Real Doctors with a Unique Approach
Licensed naturopathic physicians are highly-educated at a doctorate level, formally-trained in medical sciences, and legally licensed as physicians. They hold specialized credentials, are strictly regulated, and are required by law to follow a specific scope of practice.
In addition to learning all of the medical sciences taught at medical school, naturopathic doctors study holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with courses in clinical nutrition, acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, physical medicine, and patient counseling.
10 Traits of Fully-Qualified Naturopathic Physicians
- Spend four years studying at a doctorate level to become extensively trained general practitioners
- Tightly regulated
- Often considered their patients’ primary care physicians
- Able to diagnose and treat all conditions
- Order lab work, perform physical exams, and refer patients to specialists as needed
- Experts in natural medicine
- Use non-invasive therapies as much as possible
- Prescribe conventional pharmaceutical drugs if necessary
- Committed to finding the causes of patients’ illnesses rather than simply treating symptoms
- Focus on prevention and consider what patients put into their bodies will affect their health
Naturopathic physicians are an intelligent, research-driven bunch. We’re the doctors of the future.Dr. Julie Durnan