What is naturopathic medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a primary care discipline that emphasizes prevention and the self-healing process through the use of natural therapies. Naturopathic physicians focus on identifying the underlying causes of disease. Naturopathic treatments are supported by research drawn from peer-reviewed journals from many disciplines.

Naturopathic medicine has developed over many centuries from many different cultures and medical traditions, with consistent philosophical foundations: the body has the potential to heal itself given the right tools and support, and each patient has their own unique needs. The selection of treatments is based on the physician’s assessment of these needs and the underlying causes of illness for each individual patient. Treatments may include the use of botanical medicines, nutritional support, lifestyle counseling, physical medicine, and other supportive interventions. A naturopathic physician’s approach is to help the patient heal themselves with appropriate natural medicines and activities that do not cause harm to the patient.

What type of education does a naturopathic physician receive?
What kind of license does my naturopathic physician receive and what do they have to do to maintain it?
What can I expect at my first visit?
Can I see my naturopathic physician as my primary care provider (PCP)?
What kind of conditions does a naturopathic physician treat?

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