What is Naturopathy?
Naturopathy blends centuries-old natural, nontoxic therapies with current advances in the study of health and human systems, covering all aspects of family health from prenatal to geriatric care.

Naturopathy concentrates on whole-patient wellness, providing care that is tailored to the patient’s unique needs and emphasizes prevention and self-care. The practice finds the underlying cause of the patient’s condition rather than focusing solely on treating the symptoms of disease. Naturopathic physicians work in conjunction with other medical practitioners, referring patients for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate.

What is a Naturopath? 
A naturopath is a graduate of an accredited naturopathic college and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as a medical doctor. Additionally, a naturopath receives extensive training in holistic approaches to therapy such as botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathy and physical medicine. In practice, naturopaths can order laboratory testing and perform nutritional, health and dietary assessments.

The rigorous academic curriculum includes training in the medical sciences, including anatomy and physiology, biochemistry and neuroscience. They are trained in natural therapeutic techniques and holistic principles.

Each state in the U.S. individually regulates the practice of medicine. Currently, 11 states (and Puerto Rico) have licensing laws for naturopaths: Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Vermont and Washington. Each state defines the scope of practice for licensed naturopaths.

The 6 Principles of Naturopathy
Dr. Doty practices the 6 fundamental principles of naturopathy:

  • The Healing Power of Nature (Vis Medicatrix Naturae)
    Naturopathy recognizes an inherent ability in the body which is ordered and intelligent. Naturopaths identify and remove obstacles to recovery and to encourage this healing ability.
  • Identify and Remove the Causes (Tolle Causam)
    The naturopath identifies and removes the underlying causes of illness, rather than eliminating or merely suppressing symptoms.
  • First Do No Harm (Primum Non Nocere)
    Naturopathy follows 3 principles to avoid harming the patient:
  • Use methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful side effects.
  • Avoid, when possible, the harmful suppression of symptoms.
  • Acknowledge and respect the individual’s healing process, using the least force necessary to regain health.
  • Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
    Naturopaths educate the patient and encourage responsibility for one’s own health. They also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the naturopath-patient relationship.
  • Heal the Whole Person
    Naturopaths facilitate healing in each individual by taking into account physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, social and other factors. Since total health also includes spiritual health, naturopaths encourage individuals to pursue their personal spiritual beliefs.
  • Prevention
    Naturopaths emphasize preventing disease, assessing risk factors, understanding hereditary susceptibility to disease, and making appropriate interventions to prevent illness.

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