NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE 101

What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

A Naturopathic Doctor graduating from an accredited, four-year program, is trained as a primary care physician. This training entails the diagnosing of health conditions and diseases and implementing the most favorable treatment approach to help heal the patient of unhealthy symptoms. This training focuses on treating mental, emotional and physical imbalances.

Naturopathic Doctors are trained to treat the patient as an individual and to treat the cause of illness and not the illness itself. We are all different and those differences deserve to be taken into account when our health is of concern. Naturopathic Doctors take the time to honor your story and to assist in your healing journey.


What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine or Naturopathy is a primary healthcare system that uses healing modalities to improve your current health status. Naturopathy is a sustainable medicine, in that it utilizes renewable materials, it is extremely economical and it allows you to utilize food as your medicine. It addresses health concerns combining the mind, body and spirit. There are many variations to how Naturopathic Medicine may be practiced. At MINT, we pride ourselves on utilizing pure science coupled with strong spiritual-based medicine. Spiritual medicine is not religious medicine, in that the practices are not affiliated with one religion. Naturopathic Medicine uses healing modalities to prevent, address and eradicate illness.

How is Naturopathic Medicine Regulated?
There are many practitioners and doctors of Naturopathic Medicine that have attended many different schools. Of the numerous amount of different schools that exist in North America, only 6 of those schools are accredited schools.

Jamila Owens-Todd, N.D.
graduated from an accredited school (www.ccnm.edu).

The U.S. Department of Education
(www.ed.gov) and The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (www.cnme.org) grants accreditation for naturopathic medical universities, which ensures that graduates from these schools obtain a thorough and complete naturopathic education. Furthermore, to become a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, a student must graduate from an accredited school.

The North American Board Of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE) (www.nabne.org) has released an extremely informative video on the practice of naturopathic medicine, and the importance of finding an ND who has graduated from an accredited medical school. To view the video, simply click on the dark grey square below.
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For the complete list of accredited naturopathic schools in North America, please visit the AANMC website below:

www.aanmc.org


What are the Modalities of Naturopathic Medicine?
Homeopathy
Homeopathic medicine is a therapeutic method more than 200 years old. This system uses small doses of plant, animal and mineral substances to effectively stimulate the immune system and the body's ability to heal itself. The basis of Homeopathy is “like cures like”. An example would be utilizing coffee in homeopathic doses to treat sleeplessness. When one consumes regular coffee, they may be unable to sleep and may become restless. If someone presents with symptoms of being unable to sleep due to restlessness, a homeopathic dosage of coffee would be considered as a treatment.

Botanical Medicine
Plant substances from around the world are used for their powerful healing effects, nutritional value and immune enhancing abilities. Herbs are age-old remedies, and with the proper knowledge base, they can offer great benefit.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupressure
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses a unique combination of diagnostic techniques and treatment methods that incorporate botanical/herbal formulas, acupuncture/acupressure and dietary changes to stimulate healthy functioning of organs, cells and tissues. TCM links emotions to physical organs, which allows for deeper healing.

Naturopathic Nutrition
Naturopathic nutrition is holistic nutrition. Foods and their therapeutic constituents are strongly considered as medicine. In depth analysis of health needs and diet will lead to suggested improvements and prescribed supplements (when appropriate) to address deficiencies and to promote health.

Hydrotherapy
The healing properties of hot and cold water improve immunity and stimulate circulation. Hydrotherapy includes using topical herb poultices and oils to stimulate results.

Lifestyle Counseling
When considering health, it is important to identify lifestyle, relationship, diet and environmental risk factors, and to create programs that assist you in developing sound health habits. Each individual has aspects that promote their highest good, it is pertinent to help you discover these facets for your longetivity.