What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine is not new. It is a philosophy of the healing arts dating back prior to Hippocrates and the oath attributed to him. It has been the standard almost worldwide.

In America, in the late 1800s, practitioners from several medical disciplines combined to revive and form the first Naturopathic professional societies.
Naturopathic medicine experienced a decline in the middle of the 20th century with the rise of technological medicine, pharmaceutical drugs and the “quick fix” idea that drugs and surgery could eliminate all diseases.

Over the last three decades, however, a health conscious public has increasingly sought alternatives to conventional medical philosophy. 

This does not mean Naturopathic Practititioners or Doctors are behind the times or less highly trained. On the contrary, dedicated practitioners are highly educated and well versed in the latest research. In fact, ...

The Modern Naturopathic Physician in North America is trained in the following Medical Sciences:


• Anatomy
• Pediatrics
• Physiology
• Dermatology
• Pathology
• Cardiology
• Biochemistry
• Pulmonology
• Radiology
• Oncology
• Pharmacology
• Psychology 
• Microbiology
• Rheumatology   
• Immunology
• Minor Surgery
• Venipuncture
• Physical Exam 
• Gynecology
• Obstetrics
• Laboratory Diagnosis
• Neurology
• Clinical Assessment
• Gastroenterology
...and in dozens of other fields.

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Larissa V. Godwin, D. Med. (SU)

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