Naturopathic Medical Doctors treat disease and restore health using natural therapies first. In addition, Naturopathic Medical Doctors are fully trained and licensed to prescribe pharmaceuticals, perform minor surgery, and use other primary care diagnostic and therapeutic tools in ways that recognise and facilitate the innate healing capacity of the body. Naturopathic medicine strongly promotes prevention in health care and non-invasive approaches to treatment which include: acupuncture and oriental medicine, homeopathy, botanical medicine, nutritional counseling, mind-body medicine, hydrotherapy and physical medicine.
Naturopathic Medical Doctors are licensed, primary care physicians. Naturopathic medical doctors specialize in fields such as cardiology, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology. Naturopathic medicine philosophically recognizes that biological processes flow from a vital life force that transcends physical and chemical forces. Treatment is thus rendered with the understanding that people are far more than complex physical machines.
The naturopathic medical school program is a four-year, post-graduate learning experience with a strong foundation in biomedical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology and all of the clinical sciences. The curriculum is comprised of extensive physical, clinical, and laboratory diagnosis, along with training in a wide variety of effective natural therapies.
Clinical training provides naturopathic medical students with an integrative approach to medicine while encompassing natural therapeutic philosophies and emphasizing the practical information necessary to establish a successful practice. Distinctive program elements include:
- Clinical training at a state-of-the-art Medical Center.
- Competency with natural and conventional modalities and patient management skills.
- Patient contact experience in ND, MD, DO and DC offices.