What Is A Naturopathic Doctor?
A licensed Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.) attends a four-year graduate naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same sciences as an M.D. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, a Naturopathic Doctor completes four years of training in clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, and life style counseling. A Naturopathic Doctor takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice doctor.
What are the principles of Naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic medicine combines the art and knowledge of traditional healing with the diagnostic tools of modern medical science. Naturopathic doctors rely on five principles, which provide the foundation for assisting the person in restoring and maintaining vibrant health.
What makes up a Naturopathic Doctor?
First, we treat individuals, not their diagnosis. We are all unique in our genetics, life experiences, mental and emotional makeup, lifestyle habits such as diet, exercise, amount of sleep, health histories, injuries, and illnesses. As individuals, we are also unique in the way we go out of balance and what is necessary for us to get back into harmony and health.
Second, we treat holistically. The physical, mental, emotional and spiritual are All connected. If a illness is happening in the heart and mind, it’s happening in the body and visa versa. We are also a part of the whole in the context of our environment, family, friends, jobs, the seasons, etc. All of these factors have an impact on the balance of your health. You will find that we ask a wide variety of questions, not only about what is happening in your body but in all aspects of your life.
Third, we treat the underlying imbalances. We do not just address symptoms but address the underlying cause of those symptoms. A good simple analogy is that if you’ve got garbage, you’ll draw flies. Someone might come in complaining of flies, so you’d pull out the bug spray and the fly swatter and get rid of that batch of flies. But if you don’t clear out the garbage it will get worse and even more flies will return. Naturopaths look to find the root cause of illness.
Fourth, we look to support the natural healing process in the body. If there is something obstructing this process, we remove the obstacle and if there is a deficiency that is preventing the healing process, we nourish the deficiency. Through the body’s innate wisdom the healing will happen.