Naturopathic medicine is a distinct and comprehensive system of primary health care that emphasizes the use of natural therapies. Licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs) complete a four-year post-graduate medical program and are formally trained to integrate conventional and natural medicine.
In the State of California, ND’s in collaboration with MD’s are licensed to prescribe a wide variety of prescription medication. What sets ND’s apart, however, is their unique professional qualification in integrating conventional therapies and natural therapies, such as nutritional medicine, botanical medicine, bio-identical hormone therapy, homeopathic medicine, lifestyle modifications, mind-body therapies, hydrotherapy and other healing modalities.
Naturopathic medicine is distinguished by six principles that guide the physician:
First, Do No Harm: Utilize the most natural, least invasive, and least toxic therapies first.
Identify and Treat the Cause: Address the underlying cause of illness rather than only treating symptoms.
The Healing Power of Nature: Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself when obstacles to cure are removed.
Treat the Whole Person: Address not only the physical disease but also emotional, mental, social, and spiritual factors.
Doctor as Teacher: Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining optimal health.
Prevention: Focus on promoting wellness and preventing disease.
Naturopathic Medicine is a modern, safe and effective medical model for the whole family to maintain vibrant and lasting health and treat both acute and chronic, complex conditions. If you have any questions regarding Naturopathic Medicine please do not hesitate to talk to us.
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