Licensed Naturopathic Doctors have attended a 4-year post graduate accredited medical school, taken standardized national board exams in the medical sciences (anatomy, physiology, pathology, microbiology, biochemistry) and naturopathic modalities, including acupuncture, nutrition, botanical medicine, physical medicine, lab analysis, minor surgery procedures and pharmacology.
The philosophy of treatment is the most significant difference between naturopathic and conventional medicine. To a naturopathic physician, the body has an innate ability to heal. The prevalence of most chronic disease is thought to be due to dietary and lifestyle habits and often suppressive drug therapies that prevent normal healing mechanisms in the body. The role of the naturopath is to uncover obstacles to cure that prevent these healing bodily mechanisms.
Naturopathic medicine concentrates on whole-patient wellness; the medicine is tailored to the patient and emphasizes prevention and self care. Naturopathic medicine attempts to locate and treat the underlying cause of the patient’s condition rather than focusing solely on symptomatic treatment.