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Naturopathic medicine

Naturopathic medicine is based on the belief that the human body has an innate healing ability. Naturopathic doctors teach their patients to use diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and cutting edge natural therapies to enhance their bodies’ ability to ward off and combat disease. Naturopathic physicians craft comprehensive treatment plans that blend the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medical approaches to not only treat disease, but to also restore health.

Naturopathy is practiced in many countries, especially the United States and Canada, and is subject to different standards of regulation and levels of acceptance. The level of medical education among naturopaths also varies, though no naturopathic training program reaches the same level of training as an MD or DO. In the United States and Canada, the designation of Naturopathic Doctor (ND) may be awarded after completion of a four year program of study at an accredited Naturopathic medical school that includes the study of basic medical sciences as well as natural remedies and medical care. The scope of practice varies widely between jurisdictions, and naturopaths in unregulated jurisdictions may use the Naturopathic Doctor designation or other titles regardless of level of education.

Naturopathic ideology focuses on naturally-occurring and minimally-invasive methods, trusting to the "healing power of nature. Such treatments as "synthetic" drugs, radiation, and major surgery are avoided. Prevention through stress reduction and a healthy diet and lifestyle is emphasized. The philosophy of naturopathic practice is self-described by six core values.

  1. First, do no harm; provide the most effective health care available with the least risk to patients at all times.
  2. Recognize, respect and promote the self-healing power of nature inherent in each individual human being.
  3. Identify and remove the causes of illness, rather than eliminate or suppress symptoms.
  4. Educate, inspire rational hope and encourage self-responsibility for health.
  5. Treat each person by considering all individual health factors and influences.
  6. Emphasize the condition of health to promote well-being and to prevent diseases for the individual, each community and our world.

The particular modalities utilized by an individual naturopath varies with training and scope of practice. The demonstrated efficacy and scientific rationale also varies. These include:

bullet Acupuncture
bullet Applied kinesiology
bullet Botanical medicine
bullet Chelation therapy for atherosclerosis
bullet Colonic enemas
bullet Color therapy
bullet Cranial osteopathy
bullet Hair analysis
bullet Homeopathy
bullet Iridology
bullet Live blood analysis
bullet Nutrition (examples include vegetarian and wholefood diet, fasting, and abstention from alcohol and sugar)
bullet Ozone therapy
bullet Physical medicine (includes naturopathic, osseous, and soft tissue manipulative therapy, sports medicine, exercise and hydrotherapy)















bullet Psychological counseling (examples include meditation, relaxation and other methods of stress management)
bullet Public health measures and hygiene
bullet Reflexology
bullet Rolfing
bullet Traditional Chinese medicine

See the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) for information.

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