Naturopathic Medicine

The goal of naturopathic medicine is to support the wisdom of the body and mind and facilitate an individual’s inherent ability to heal. Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) are licensed primary care physicians who have attended a four-year, postgraduate-level naturopathic medical school and are clinically trained in the art and science of natural therapies. In addition to conventional diagnosis, laboratory testing and pharmaceutical medications, the scope of naturopathic medicine includes nutrition, counseling, homeopathy, botanical medicine, physical therapies, and mind-body approaches. Naturopathic training does encompass the same basic bio-medical sciences as conventional medical training, but the approach to health and disease differs considerably. It is the philosophy of naturopathy that clearly differentiates this medicine and directs how we approach each patient.

Naturopathic Principles

The Healing Power of Nature  Vis Medicatrix Naturae
Honor and support the body's inherent wisdom to heal.

First Do No Harm  Primum Non Nocere
Utilize the safest, most natural, and least invasive therapies first.

Find the Cause  Tolle Causam
Address the underlying cause of illness rather than only treating symptoms.

Treat the Whole Person Tolle Totum
The mind and body are inherently linked. Physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual factors are all important components of health.

Prevention Prevention is the Best Medicine
Be proactive in the care of patients. Focus on promoting wellness and preventing disease.

Doctor as Teacher Docere
The original meaning of the word “doctor” is teacher. Educate patients so that they are empowered to take responsibility for their own health.

For more information on the education of naturopathic physicians, visit www.ncnm.edu.
For more information on the licensing and scope of practice, visit www.oregon.gov/OBNE/Aboutnaturopathy.

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