Naturopathic medicine is the art and science of natural medicine that was originally developed over 100 years ago. The practice of naturopathy is based on thousands of years of knowledge of plant medicine combined with a philosophy of healing and modern, evidence-based natural therapeutics.
I am a Naturopathic physician, a licensed, primary care doctor who specializes in natural medicine. I identify and correct the underlying causes of chronic disease. An ND is trained in general medicine similarly to the MD including the basic medical sciences, diagnostics, physical examination, and laboratory testing. In Washington, and in many of the 14 states where it is regulated, naturopathic medicine is complete primary care medicine requiring no other interventions except in the case a patient desires it or it is deemed medically necessary to refer to another specialist or in an emergency situation.
As technology in medicine progresses, natural traditions in medicine continue, passed down from generations and borrowed from cultures. These traditions are oblivious to whether or not people “believe” in them for they are not part of a religion. They are part of history. People used traditional remedies for a health complaint or illness and it cured them. Most doctors now days have excised that word from their vocabulary.
More than fifty percent of today's pharmaceuticals are synthetic or altered versions of something found in nature so that a company could patent it and charge larger sums of money to make bigger profits. This is illustrated beautifully in National Geographic's "Nature's Medicine; Plants that Heal". Any pharmacist, doctor, or other medical professional who thinks natural "remedies" don't work do not know the history of their own medicine.
Natural therapies can have miraculous actions especially when you did not think it was going to be effective. Those who have been waiting in vain until the proper research study came along to “prove” its efficacy and not acknowledging its history are being left behind. However, medicine alone, natural or otherwise, is not the answer.
At the forefront of modern medicine are the world’s most highly trained practitioners of these Natural therapies who also uphold the gold standards in medicine pertaining to diagnostics and responsible patient care.The pendulum has swung once again, I introduce to you the Modern Doctor; the Naturopathic Physician.