The premise of NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE is to help your body heal itself by stimulating the innate healing capabilities we each possess. This is accomplished by removing barriers to health, such as stress, sedentary lifestyles and foods that are not biochemically compatible with the individual. We also correct deficiencies in systems functioning such as digestion, or kidney filtration of impurities from the body. We provide nutrients or botanical medicines to strengthen the body. This approach treats present conditions and works preventively to avoid future illness. Modern naturopathic medicine is derived from scientific studies in functional medicine and clinical observations.
Naturopathic medicine integrates the use of botanical medicine, Homeopathy, hydrotherapy, nutrition, counseling and physiotherapies. Today, Naturopathic Doctors are licensed primary health care providers. They receive four or five years of medical training from accredited naturopathic medical schools. Similar to allopathic medical schools, naturopathic medical schools teach the clinical and laboratory skills necessary for proper diagnosis of disease. Some residency programs are available.