Vis nedicatrix naturae = The healing power of nature

Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that our bodies know how to be well and that the role of the doctor is to provide the support the body needs to direct its own healing process. Naturopathic medicine takes a holistic approach and as a result treats not just the symptoms of a disease but factors that often play an important role such as stress, poor sleep patterns and misinformed dietary choices. In addition to traditional therapies, naturopathic doctors are also trained in the latest science and as a result are able to blend the best of modern medicine with traditional wisdom.

Naturopathic doctors are primary care physicians who are specialists of natural medicine. To become a licensed ND, students attend a nationally accredited medical school and are educated in the same basic sciences as conventional medical doctors as well as natural approaches to treatment and disease prevention. Clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine and pharmacology are just some of the courses required for a ND degree. Currently, 18 states license NDs as primary care providers.

Naturopathic doctors approach the practice of medicine with the following principles:

The Healing Power of Nature – The body is its greatest medical expert. Identify and remove barriers to health in order to honor this ability.

Prevention – Use a holistic assessment method to identify risk factors and susceptibilities and make appropriate interventions to prevent disease.

Identify and Treat the Causes – Recognize and treat the underlying causes of illness in addition to symptoms.

First Do No Harm – Work on a continuum of low to high force intervention. Design effective treatments while minimizing the risk of harmful side effects.

Doctor as Teacher – Empower patients to become an active participant in healing. Recognize the power of healthcare as a team effort.

Treat the Whole Person – Consider the unique physical, mental, emotional and environmental elements of the patient that dictate the manifestation of disease.