Naturopathic Medical Doctors undergo a rigorous medical education at one of the seven fully accredited North American Naturopathic Medical Schools.
The first two years of education mirror a traditional Western medical education in terms of the biological sciences: Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Microbiology and Medical Diagnosis.
The last two years are clinical training, working hands-on with patients in a variety of clinical settings. These years focus on natural methods of healing, including nutrition, vitamin therapy, herbalism, homeopathy and physical/structural medicine, as well as Western pharmacology when indicated.
The Naturopathic Principles are a series of guiding ethics that form the field and philosophy of Naturopathic Medicine. They are the structure from which true health is born.
The Principles are:
- First Do No Harm (Utilize the most natural, least invasive, and least toxic therapies.)
- The Healing Power of Nature (Understand and enhance the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.)
- Identify and Treat the Causes (Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.)
- The Doctor as Teacher (Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.)
- Treat the Whole Person (View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.)
- Prevention (Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.)
- The Therapeutic Order (Choose the therapy that will most rapidly and completely bring the patient back into health.)