Naturopathic medicine relies on the natural healing abilities of the body, and takes the holistic approach to healing. Naturopathic medicine practitioners believe that everyone has a vital force, and that in order to be able to heal they need to strengthen this force and work with it.
Naturopathic medicine is based on naturopathic philosophy, which has six guiding principles. These are:
? First do no harm.
? The healing power of nature. The healing process has its own intelligence, and simply needs support.
? Identify the cause. This could be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual in nature.
? Treat the whole person
? The physician teaches healing. The patient is responsible for the healing process.
? Prevention is the best cure.
Naturopathic medicine uses many different forms of therapy, including diet and nutrition, physical exercise and some special physical therapy, herbal and homeopathic medicine, and emotional and psychological medicine. It also uses some of the oriental medical approaches.
If you are interested in becoming a naturopathic medicine practitioner, you will need to have a baccalaureate degree in a related subject, and then study at graduate level. Most of the graduate level programs are four years; you will gain a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree when you have successfully completed your program.
Naturopathic medicine is increasing in popularity, and because of the serious approach to training, it is seen as an increasingly serious approach to healthcare. This is a career where you can combine your personal success and your contribution to the community.
Publish date: February 10, 2011