Since I am a Naturopathic medical student, I feel like I should give you guys a brief low down on Naturopathic medicine, Naturopathic doctors, and what we are really about.
I want to start with the 6 principles of Naturopathic Medicine, but to avoid boring you, I am just going to focus on 1 at a time.
The 6 Naturopathic principles are at the heart of everything we do as physicians, help shape our patient-centered care, and show how Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) view medicine.
1. The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
The human body is intelligent and organized. It will try to heal itself if at all possible and is constantly working, without your knowledge, to establish, maintain, and restore health.
- NDs role is to facilitate and support this natural process by identifying and removing obstacles to health as well as supporting the creation of a healthy internal/external environment.
- We do this in a variety of ways using multiple modalities (types of treatment) including: nutrition, lifestyle changes (physical activity and environment), herbs, botanicals, vitamins/minerals, hydrotherapy, physical therapy, homeopathy, physical medicine, and more. We also use drugs and surgery (if needed).