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 that underlie and determine
its practice. These principles are based upon the objective
observation of the nature of health and disease, and are
continually reexamined in the light of scientific advances.
Methods used are consistent with these principles and are
chosen upon the basis of patient individuality. Naturopathic
medicine emphasizes promotion of health, prevention of
disease, patient education and individual responsibility.
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained as primary care
physicians of natural medicine.
United States Department of Labor, Dictionary of
Occupational Titles Definition of a Naturopathic Doctor
Diagnoses, treats, and cares for patients, using system of
practice that bases treatment of physiological functions and
abnormal conditions on natural laws governing human body:
Utilizes physiological, psychological, and mechanical methods,
such as air, water, light, heat, earth, phytotherapy, food and
herb therapy, psychotherapy, electrotherapy, physiotherapy,
minor and orificial surgery, mechanotherapy, naturopathic
corrections and manipulation, and natural methods or
modalities, together with natural medicines natural processed
foods, and herbs and nature's remedies. Excludes major
surgery, therapeutic use of x-ray and radium, and use of
drugs, except those assimilable substances containing elements
or compounds of body tissues that are physiologically
compatible to body processes for maintenance of life.