What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional natural forms of medicine. Naturopathic medicine is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention using natural therapies that may include botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, acupuncture, and lifestyle counseling. Rather than simply treating the symptoms, the primary goal of a Naturopathic physician is to discover and treat the root causes of disease. Naturopathic Medical Doctors are also licensed to use pharmaceuticals if necessary and are trained in surgery and other convention modalities the same as any MD or DO.
A Naturopathic physician treats the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of health with natural therapies to support and stimulate the body’s innate healing ability. Naturopathic physicians complement and enhance health care services provided by other health care professionals and refer patients to other practitioners when appropriate.
Naturopathic physicians are health care professionals who are dedicated to helping you achieve your optimal personal health. The education is extensive, including a minimum of eight years of post-secondary education in clinical and medical sciences. This involves four years of pre-med and four years of an accredited medical school including state and federal board exams for licensure.
The practice of a Naturopathic Medical Doctor, as any licensed physician in the State of Arizona is governed by a State Medical Board under the jurisdiction of the Attorney General's office and the governor.