Naturopathy – Naturopathic medicine
BRIEF DEFINITION OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care, an art, science, philosophy and practice of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illness. Naturopathic medicine is distinguished by the principles upon which its practice is based. These principles are continually re-examined in the light of scientific advances. The techniques of naturopathic medicine include modern and traditional, scientific and empirical methods. The following principles are the foundation of naturopathic medical practice:
Prevention of disease is emphasized through public health measures and hygiene as well as
the encouragement and guidance of persons to adopt lifestyles which are conducive to optimal health.
Diagnosis and evaluation of the individual’s state of health are accomplished by integrated
modern and traditional, clinical and laboratory diagnostic methods.
Therapeutic methods and substances are used which work in harmony with the person’s inherent self -healing. The process, the vis mediatrix naturae, including dietetics and nutritional substances, botanical medicine, psychotherapy, naturopathic physical medicine including naturopathic manipulative therapy, minor surgery, prescription medications, naturopathic obstetrics (natural childbirth), homeopathy, and acupuncture.
Definition taken from House of Delegates Position Paper Definition of Naturopathic Medicine. American Association of Naturopathic Physicians