The philosophy of Naturopathic medicine can best be described as the utilization of the healing power of nature.
Several basic thoughts are at the core of this philosophy. Naturopathic healthcare providers approach health with prevention and education foremost in their minds. If disease enters the picture, the approach is to treat the whole person so that the natural healing powers of the body are able to resolve the root cause of the illness.
There are four accredited naturopathic medical colleges in the United States. If you choose to include naturopathic medicine in your treatment plan, it is important that you see a licensed naturopathic doctor. Naturopathic medicine is currently licensed in 14 states. Licensed or licensable naturopaths also practice in states where they may not hold licenses. The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (http://naturopathic.org/) provides information on well-trained, naturopathic doctors in the United States.