NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE WEEK
October 6-12, 2019
Yes! There is a dedicated Naturopathic Medicine week in the United States. In 2013, Senate Resolution 221 recognized naturopathic medicine and its value in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care.
“Whereas naturopathic medicine provides noninvasive,
holistic treatments that support the inherent self-healing capacity
of the human body and encourage self-responsibility in health care”
[S. Res 221]
Not enough people know about naturopathic medicine and its profound ability to treat disease. I fell in love with naturopathic medicine when I first read the principles. It respects each person as an individual wherever they may be on their healing path. Naturopathic medicine helps achieve and maintain optimal wellness regardless of age or current health status.
The six principles of naturopathic medicine are the foundations of the care given by a naturopathic doctor. It is our philosophy that sets us apart from other health care providers.
6 Fundamental Principles of Naturopathic Medicine:
The Healing Power of Nature
Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
Identify and Treat the Causes
Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
First Do No Harm
Utilize the most natural, least invasive and least toxic therapies.
Doctor as Teacher
Educate patients in the steps to achieving and maintaining health.
Treat the Whole Person
View the body as an integrated whole in all its physical and spiritual dimensions.
Focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.
How do I go about choosing a naturopathic doctor?
First, you want to make sure that your naturopathic doctor is licensed in California. You can either go to www.naturopathic.ca.gov for a list of the California licensed naturopathic doctors or to www.calnd.org, the California Naturopathic Doctors Association.
Licensed naturopathic doctors in the state of California must complete undergraduate studies, receive a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from an accredited school (4-5 year doctorate program), pass basic and clinical science board exams called the NPLEX, and thorough vetting from the state of California in the application process. To maintain a license, a naturopathic doctor has to complete continuing education hours.
There are people who practice as “naturopaths” in California that have not attended an accredited school. They have online degrees and are not qualified to give medical treatments or advice.
To learn more about naturopathic medicine and how it can help you, call 415-564-3200 to schedule an appointment.
Read the complete Senate resolution 221 here.