What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
ND or Doctor of Naturopathy, is a diverse approach to health care that focuses on holistic modalities to look at the person as a whole. The goal of naturopathic medicine is to treat the whole person -- that means mind, body, and spirit. It also aims to heal the root causes of an illness -- not just stop the symptoms. Naturopathic medicine is a system that uses natural remedies to help the body heal itself. It embraces many therapies, including herbs, massage, acupuncture, exercise, and nutritional counseling.
Naturopathy was brought to the United States from Germany in the 1800s, but some of its treatments are centuries old.
Seven Core Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
The healing power of nature (vis medicatrix naturae)
First do no harm (primum non nocere)
Find the cause (tolle causam)
Treat the whole person (holism)
Wellness & health promotion (emerging principle)
Doctor as teacher (docere)
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