Naturopathic medicine is founded in science and based on the philosophy that the body has the innate ability to heal itself when given the right tools. Also, naturopathic medicine concentrates on whole-patient wellness and emphasizes prevention and self-care. This medical system has been shown to be very effective healing many different health problems naturally. A Naturopathic Doctor (link back to me) utilizes the science and philosophy of diagnosing, treating and preventing disease by using modern and ancient techniques all based upon the naturopathic medical model.
In the United States, the naturopathic medical profession’s infrastructure includes accredited educational institutions, professional licensing, national standards of practice, peer review, and a commitment to state-of-the-art scientific research. Based upon its holistic foundation, naturopathic medicine utilizes safe and effective traditional therapeutics along with current advances in modern medicine. This allows ND’s to manage a broad range of health conditions afflicting people of any age.
• Both the Department of Education and the Carnegie Institute classify the ND degree as a first-professional degree under Doctorate-Professional (clinical), on par with MD and DO degrees.
• Naturopathic medical colleges are four-year, post-graduate level medical schools with admissions requirements comparable to those of other medical schools. ND’s are trained in all the medical sciences: anatomy, cardiology, biochemistry, neurology, physiology, pediatrics, pathology, dermatology, microbiology, obstetrics, immunology, gynecology, radiology, pharmacology, minor surgery, lab, physical diagnosis, etc.
• Throughout the four years, there is training in naturopathic therapeutics; including:
o therapeutic nutrition
o botanical medicine
o bio-identical hormone therapy
o pharmacology and minor surgery
• The CNME has currently accredited four schools to provide such education. These schools are Bastyr University, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and the University of Bridgeport.