What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct method of primary health care that incorporates CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) and conventional medical therapies and diagnostics. Naturopathic physicians are trained in conventional medical sciences including physical examination, lab diagnosis, pharmacology and minor surgery, as well as safe and evidence-based CAM therapies. 1, 2

Naturopathic physicians receive extensive training in many natural therapies not offered, or offered in a limited capacity, in conventional medical programs. This includes clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, environmental medicine, physical medicine and naturopathic manipulation, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, psychology, and lifestyle counseling. Students may also elect to complete additional studies in traditional medicines such as acupuncture and Ayurvedic medicine.

Naturopathic physicians function as ICAM (Integrative, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine) experts, and are able to combine all of their areas of training into a truly integrated medical practice. Naturopathic physicians can function as primary care physicians in states where they are licensed to do so, or can work alongside conventional physicians to help advise both patients and physicians on the safe and effective use of ICAM.

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1. Fleming S, Gutknecht N. Naturopathy and the Primary Care Practice. Primary Care. 2010. 
2. LaMont S, Quinn S, et al. Naturopathic Medicine: Primary Care for the 21st Century.