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What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is an integrative and holistic medicine which combines traditional healing methods and evidence-based modern medicine.

It focuses on prevention and optimal health by using therapeutic modalities to help support the body's innate self-healing ability.

In United States, naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained as primary care doctors who can diagnose and treat various medical conditions.

Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine:

  1. Do no harm: Start with more natural and less invasive therapies, avoid and reduce harm given.

  2. The healing power of nature: Our body has innate healing ability and wisdom to guide us through the healing process.

  3. Identify and treat the causes: Identify the root causes instead of suppressing symptoms, so we can remove obstacles to cure, and heal from the root.

  4. Doctor as teachers: naturopathic doctors educate patients and encourage them to take responsibility of their health.

  5. Treat the whole person: We are not just our stomach, our ovaries, or our brain. We are a collection of organ systems working in collaboration and harmony. Our body and health are also a reflection of what we eat and drink, what we breathe, what we think, where we live and how we interact with the environment. Restoring health can often mean restoring the lifestyle, the environment, the body, mind, and spirit.

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